Downtown Montreal will be buzzing with some of the fastest electric cars in the world over one weekend next summer.
The street circuit for the first Formula E races to be hosted in Montreal was unveiled by Mayor Denis Coderre on Friday.
The cars, which can reach speeds of about 220 kilometres per hour, will be making Montreal their final stop of the championship on July 29-30, with two races to close off Formula E’s third season.
The route will bring the cars into the hub of the city’s summer activities, passing near Old Montreal, the Gay Village and the Place des Festivals.
The 2.75-kilometre route will begin and end on René-Lévesque Blvd. E. in front of the Maison Radio-Canada building, under the shadow of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. The cars will wind through downtown and come close to Old Montreal, as the route heads east on René-Lévesque, turns right on Papineau Ave., and then follows along Viger Ave., Notre-Dame St. and St-Antoine St. before turning right on Berri St. and then completing the loop at René-Lévesque.
Coderre said it’s important for Montreal to host the race to show it is a leader in electric car technology and infrastructure.
“It will give us, in 2017, at the climax of the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal, the opportunity to demonstrate that high performance can go hand in hand with sustainable development,” Coderre said.
Formula E was created by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the same body that regulates Formula One. The goal of Formula E is to showcase the technological capabilities of electric cars. The electric auto racing circuit is already established in major cities like Buenos Aires, Paris and London.
Montreal had been confirmed as a host city for the all-electric race car series last July, though the route was not officially made public until Friday.
Tickets for the event go on sale on Dec. 3.