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Saudi Arabia Gears up to Host Formula E Season Openers in Diriyah

Saudi Arabia Gears up to Host Formula E Season Openers in Diriyah

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 09:30
Saudi Arabia will host the Formula E openers later this week. (ABB FIA Formula E World Championship)

Saudi Arabia will host on February 26 and 27 the Formula E season openers.

The landmark events will be held in Diriyah.

This is the third consecutive year that the event is being held in the Kingdom, this time however, the races will take place at night, a first in the competition’s history.

Twenty-four teams are expected to compete.

“The fast and flowing 2.49km circuit, flanking the stunning At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site, will this year be lit up by 24 Formula E cars and their Halos, as well as the latest low-power LED technology around the circuit,” said a statement on Formula E’s official website.

“These reduce energy consumption by up to 50 per cent compared to non-LED units, and they will be powered by sustainably-sourced biofuel generators,” it explained.

Saudi Arabia has become increasingly prominent on the motorsports scene, hosting the Dakar Rally in January and a Formula 1 race is scheduled for Jeddah later this year.

A new Extreme E off-road electric series is due to race in AlUla in March while tennis, boxing and golf have held high-profile events in the Kingdom.

Last week, it concluded the hosting of the Saudi Cup, the world's most valuable equestrian competition.

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