The FIA Formula E Championship has announced that a street race in Rome will be on the calendar for the inaugural season in 2014.
The Italian capital is the first European city to sign up with the all-electric open-wheeler series, and the second in total after a race in Rio di Janeiro was announced back in August. The event was launched with development driver Lucas di Grassi driving the Formulec-built prototype on the roads surrounding Rome's iconic Colosseum.
"We are honored to have Rome on board as the first European city to host Formula E, since Italy is renowned for its motorsport passion, expertise and technical innovation," said Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag. "Clean urban mobility and sustainability are a priority for our championship, and Formula E wants to become a showcase for these advances through an entertaining and all-inclusive spectacle."
"It gives me great pleasure to be in Rome for this exciting announcement that the eternal city has expressed its firm interest to host a race," added FIA president Jean Todt. "The contrast between this innovative motorsport series and the rich ancient history of Rome is one I'm sure the public and the media will be intrigued and enriched by."
Eight more cities are expected to be added to the 2014 calendar, with all 10 races to be staged on brand-new inner-city street circuits.