Birmingham to Host Formula E Street Race in 2019

By Gary Cutlack on at

The maligned city of Birmingham might be in for a good few years of positive international PR, as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is also in the final stages of negotiating the arrival another global event – a Formula E street race.

This has been on the cards for a long time thanks to the government finally loosening restrictive legislation about who can do what and at what speed on the roads, and indeed something like this has happened before back in the 1980s under the banner of the Birmingham Superprix, where Formula 3000 cars thrashed around the city circuit.

This time it'll be the whining of the supercharged EVs though, as West Midlands mayor Andy Street says he's in the final stages of negotiating with Formula E bosses to host a stage of the 2019 electric race series. Street said: "This will be the UK's race and it's brilliant that it's here rather than in any other UK city. This of course is the centre of the UK's automotive sector and of course that sector is becoming an electric vehicle sector." [BBC]