Formula E car race arrives in Rome

EUR hotels completely booked for weekend of Rome electric car race.

The Formula E race arrives in Rome on 14 April, resulting in major traffic disruption in the city's southern EUR suburb. The race will include 20 electric-powered cars with 19 laps around the 2.8km circuit.
The race begins at Piazza Marconi before making its way along Via Cristoforo Colombo, taking in numerous EUR sites such as Palazzo dei Congressi, the Salone delle Fontane, the Obelisco di Marconi and the Nuvola convention centre.


For the first time Rome joins one of the 11 cities in the international Formula E championship which began in Hong Kong last December and concludes in Montreal in July.
The city's mayor Virginia Raggi has said that the E-prix proves that "Rome is not a museum but a leader in innovation" and highlights the capital's commitment to sustainable transport.

The electric cars emit almost zero emissions and are powered by batteries charged by glycerine. However despite the car’s environmentally-friendly credentials, it is still capable of considerable speed – up to 225km per hour, or 0-100km in three seconds.
The fully-powered car can run for just 25 minutes, meaning drivers must change vehicles roughly half way through the Formula E race which lasts about 50 minutes.
For full details see Formula E website.