The new season of Formula E begins in Hong Kong this weekend

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The FIA Formula E championship is set to race in even more exotic locations next season. Season 4 of the all-electric championship kicks off in Hong Kong this December and will feature eleven destinations in total, including new races in Chile, Brazil, Italy and Switzerland.

This post was originally published on July 2, 2017. It has been updated with the final 2017-2018 Formula E calendar; the races in Berlin and Zurich are now confirmed, and the New York double header moves back one weekend to July 14-15.

Formula E visits some of the worlds most exciting destination cities with electric single-seater racing on city center street circuits for easy spectator access and greater exposure of it’s environmentally friendly agenda. The series showcases the latest technology in electric mobility from manufacturers such as Audi, Jaguar and Renault to test innovations for use in contemporary electric road vehicles. An all-star driver grid is also another attraction of the series, with former Formula One drivers such as Sebastian Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Jean Eric Vergne and Nelson Piquet Jr. taking part. Known for good accessibility amongst fans, the all-electric championship is also quickly gaining popularity with affordable tickets offering access to on-site activities for the whole family, such as simulator races, driver autograph sessions and hands-on activities in the eVillage.

What’s new for season 4?

Power will increase from 170kw to 180kw in season 4, which should make for faster and longer races. The 2017/18 calendar is more compact, featuring three double-headers – the season opener in Hong Kong as well as the last four rounds in Montreal and New York respectively, which might help take the championship down to the wire. Four new circuits have been added to the calendar in Chile (Santiago), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Italy (Rome) and Switzerland (Zurich).

Hong Kong ePrix

Rounds 1 & 2: Hong Kong ePrix

  • When? December 2-3, 2017
  • Where? Hong Kong, China
  • Where to stay? Central Hong Kong or Kowloon Bay
  • Why go? Watching the racing with Hong Kong’s famous skyline as a backdrop is an experience not to be missed.

Round 3: Marrakesh ePrix

  • When? January 13, 2018
  • Where? Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Where to stay? Agdal, Mechouar-Kasbah, Marrakesh
  • Why go? Escape the European winter for sunnier climes, amazing food and unique local culture
Mexico ePrix

Round 4: Chile ePrix

  • When? February 3, 2018
  • Where? Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Where to stay? Near Plaza Italia
  • Why go? Soak in the culture and rich heritage of Santiago, Chile’s largest city.

Round 5: Mexico ePrix

  • When? March 3, 2018
  • Where? Mexico City, Mexico
  • Where to stay? Downtown Mexico City
  • Why go? Passionate local fans, awesome circuit and a great chance for dramatic racing, if last year’s race is anything to go by.

Round 6: São Paulo ePrix*

  • When? March 17, 2018 (*Subject to confirmation)
  • Where? Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Where to stay? Central Sao Paulo
  • Why go? Motorsports is hugely popular in Brazil, thanks in part to local legend, Ayrton Senna. An iconic setting for any race fan.

Round 7: Rome ePrix

  • When? April 14, 2018
  • Where? Rome, Italy
  • Where to stay? Central Rome
  • Why go? One of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. History, culture and incredible food.
Paris ePrix Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT

Round 8: Paris ePrix

  • When? April 28, 2018
  • Where? Paris, France
  • Where to stay? Les Invalides, Montparnasse
  • Why go? With the circuit just a few blocks away from the Eiffel Tower, you’ll be in the heart of one of the world’s best cities

Round 9: Berlin ePrix

  • When? May 19, 2018
  • Where? Berlin, Germany
  • Where to stay? Anywhere in Berlin is good.
  • Why go? Berlin is hip, historic and relatively cheap by European standards.

Round 10: Zurich ePrix

  • When? June 10, 2018
  • Where? Zurich, Switzerland
  • Where to stay? Central Zurich
  • Why go? The Swiss capital is picture-postcard perfect, but also home to cool new bars and nightlife

Round 11 & 12: New York ePrix

  • When? July 14-15, 2018
  • Where? New York, USA
  • Where to stay? Central Brooklyn
  • Why go? Soak up the Big Apple’s charm in what promises to be one of the most atmospheric races on the calendar.

Rounds 13 & 14: Montreal ePrix

  • When? July 28-29, 2018
  • Where? Montreal, Canada
  • Where to stay? Downtown Montreal
  • Why go? A laid back location for the season finale with plenty of nightlife and shopping attractions nearby.

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Amylia has been working in the publishing industry in Malaysia for over four years. She started off her writing career working with women's magazines such as Marie Claire and ELLE focusing on lifestyle content and now writes full-time for Women's Health Malaysia. She devotes whatever free time she has to motorsport writing, especially the FIA Formula E Championship.

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