Mexico City hosts season opener of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

16 January 2024 10:44

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Zurich/Mexico City - The first race of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has now been completed, with Pascal Wehrlein of Porsche crossing the finish line in first place at the season’s curtain raiser in Mexico City. Both on and off the track, the purely electric motorsport championship serves as a global stage to showcase ABB solutions for electromobility applications.

The German driver Pascal Wehrlein has won the first race of the new ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season in Mexico City in his Porsche 99X Electric. In front of 40,000 spectators, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team claimed the first victory of the season at the world’s highest race track, located 2,250 meters above sea level. The experienced Swiss Formula E driver Sebastien Buemi, who races for the British team Envision Racing, finished in second place.

According to a press release issued by the Zurich-based automation and energy group ABB, which supplies charging technology for the races, the Formula E World Championship serves as a “testbed for solutions which will help drive progress towards a more sustainable future both on and off-track”. As the second season of the Gen3 era got underway at the high-speed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, the 22 drivers had the opportunity to push the limits of the fastest, lightest and most efficient electric race car ever built to an even greater degree.

The cutting-edge technologies on display at Formula E races will help to “drive progress in the race for the energy transition and ultimately create a more sustainable future for us all”, according to comments from Karin Lepasoon, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer at ABB. The mega-metropolis of Mexico City offers a “fitting backdrop to showcase the challenges we are facing in cities around the world and how we can combat them through optimization, electrification and decarbonization”, she adds.

After Mexico City, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads to Saudi Arabia at the end of this month for a couple of night races through the historic streets of Diriyah. The race calendar for 2024 includes 16 races at ten venues around the world, including new circuits in Shanghai, Misano Adriatico and Tokyo. ce/mm

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