According to Jamie Regal, chief executive officer of the championship, Formula E has identified Japan, China, India and the United States as key additions to the future calendar of racing.
Motorsport.com reported in 2018 that Tokyo and Yokohama were linked as potential Formula E host cities despite concerns from series co-founder Alejandro Agag about regular policing.
It is further understood that the Super GT hosted by the Pacific Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1994-99 and the Super Formula Host Venue Okayama – as a result of the epidemic, have kept the current 2021 season as a potential reserve track.
Regal has now listed Japan as a big target for future races, as well as returning to a major Chinese city – hosting the FEA before Beijing (2014-15) and Sanya (2019).
In a certain order, Japan is big on that list. One of the top cities on that list [Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen] is also Mainland China.
Regal has become increasingly excited in anticipation of the inaugural e-Prix in India, following Mahindra Racing team chairman Dilbag Gill’s comments to Motorsport.com in November that the manufacturer would support Formula E to realize this ambition.
Regal had planned a tour of the country with Gill last year before canceling the Kyvid-19, adding: India, the more I think, the more excited I become.
You see that market, it has a young urban population, it has an internationalist outlook.
[It]] The section we are going to is usually English spoken and you have the opportunity to avoid any generation in terms of electrical mobility and to paint a picture of the future.
I am not saying that these cities are very populous and have a lot of pollution. Electronic [cars] can really transform the quality of life in that market.
There are challenges but I really focused on that and had a good conversation with the Dilbag and Mahindra boys to see if we could accelerate [the Indian race plan].
Regal also outlined a race in California as his ultimate big goal.
This will strengthen the presence of Formula E in America, as well as races along New York’s east-east coast, which is held on the Brooklyn Street Circuit in the Red Hook area.
The final one is Western US, says Regal. It fits.
When you talk to major manufacturers, they all sell a lot of cars in California.
If we could finish here, it would be great.
Although the permanent circuit in Valencia, Ricardo Tormo, will host the Spanish E-Prix for the first time on April 24, Regal has renewed its commitment to use Formula E’s city-based street tracks.
He said: “We have a strong commitment to make city center racing a reality.”
I believe that the best products outside of sports have really different features from their competitors: reason to believe, reason to buy. Being in the city is really important.
We will be true to him. We are having really good conversations with a few cities, which I am hopeful [2022-23] for which we will announce this spring.