The Formula E ePrix is Coming to Berlin. Want Front-Row Seats?
By BERLIN LOVES YOU . February 16, 2016
Monaco, Le Mans, Berlin… yeah, that’s right, Berlin’s getting its own high-speed car race, albeit with a Berlin twist: the Formula E F1-style cars will be powered by electricity. And sure—renewable energy isn’t sexy, like burning coal or gas or, say, splitting an atom. But car races? We’re pretty sure that’s something.
The Berlin ePrix, announced for the 21st of May 2016, will run a 2km track through Mitte, circling some of Berlin’s most famous sights.
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Formula E, as it’s called, started as a demonstration of the potential of electricity-powered cars (that’s our kind of protest) and developed into a global racing tournament, attracting some of racing’s biggest names including teams such as Andretti, Audi Sport ABT, Renault and Virgin Racing. Even Leonardo DiCaprio’s climbed on-board the wagon by starting his own racing team.
The 11-corner track will run through Alexanderplatz, down Karl Marx Allee and around Strausberger Platz. These electric cars can reach over 220km/h, with an acceleration of 0-100km in around 3 seconds, meaning they’ll be the fastest things to pass through Berlin since the top-knot. That funny meme about Berghain. The Supergeil guy. The news of a sale at monki. The Great Kebab Food Poisoning of 2015. News of David Bowie’s death. And any other pretty-quick thing you can think of in Berlin’s pre-racing past.
Alongside the track, find the eVillage, the promised land for all racing-fans and drivers—where a special-made playlist rallies a party atmosphere; where racers hold their hard-fought trophies in the air and thank the glories of electricity at the podium ceremony; where, most of all, the conversation about sustainability really churns forward (snore, sure. But think of the soundtrack!). Also, fans meet the drivers and learn they’re just people too, so that’s also something.
Tickets for Berlin’s very first Formula E Championship are now available, priced from 19 euro and available online. Youngsters under 6 hankering for that wide-eyed car-racing joy are admitted for free, and families of four wishing to drag children between 7 and 16 to hang their head and ask if it’s over yet are admitted for just 53 euro. Pro-tip: Check out the Early Bird Discounts. Especially if you’re family-oriented and want an alternative to sitting through another Pixar movie.