Mayor goes quiet on Formula E.


Waterside city ignores environmental responsibility

In January Future Liverpool set out a vision for the city to hold a stage of the FIA Formula E championship. The global phenomenon aims to showcase ultra fast electric race cars on iconic world city street circuits. It threatens the dominance of Formula 1 according to Virgin chief Richard Branson, and by season 5 it will be ahead no less. We’re at the end of season 2 right now.

From season 3 there will not only be Formula E, but also Roborace. Roborace is a futuristic sport where automaton racing cars utilising artificial intelligence guide themselves around the same blistering tracks as their Formula E counterparts. The cars have been designed by the mind behind hollywood movie Tron Legacy, Daniel Simon.

London – who’s Battersea Park hosts the grand finale of the racing season, has been rocked by protests from residents who say the event causes damage and disruption to the green space. The Battersea Park Action Group launched a legal bid in order to halt this years race, but during negotiations Formula E organisers came to an agreement with the group meaning that after the upcoming double-header event, no more racing events will take place at the park.

This leaves the UK without a race from Season 3, and Liverpool is uniquely placed to give this amazing spectacle the race it deserves.

In an open letter to the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Future Liverpool urged the city to bid to host a stage of Formula E electric car racing championship.

On reading the letter, the mayor replied to us:


Dear Chris

Thanks for the email and the link to the campaign. For the most part, I insist on a “can do” attitude, and this certainly looks like a great event to hold in Liverpool. I am frankly at a loss of how to go about it however! If you have any further information about how we would go about looking at this, do let me know, and I can forward to the relevant department to have a think on.

All the best,

Joe.


Of course we followed on with gathering the details required to start on the first steps, but upon requesting for updates Future Liverpool has been met with silence.

So what do we do next?

For this reason we open up the request to get the ball rolling to upcoming Liverpool Metro Mayor 2017 nominees, Labour MP for Walton – Steve Rotheram and Labour MP for Wavertree – Luciana Berger. We would like to see the event become part of their manifestos under their environmental and cultural promises.

Lets create an event that shows off Liverpool for not only it’s architecture, but also it’s dynamic and forward thinking attitude. We need to tackle climate change. We need to bring in visitors. We need to be seen to be electric.

About the Berlin city centre E-Prix, organised in just 3 months: Guardian article.

Lets do it. Let us bring Formula E and Roborace to Liverpool!

Here is a bit of information to get started:

And most importantly our Liverpool E-Prix circuit:

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  • Pete says:

    Great idea.

    While you will need council backing, the actual organisation of the race needs to be done by a race promoter. They arrange funding, decide on best circuit layout, what changes need to be made (removal of lamp posts, installation of crash barriers, temporary resurfacing over cobbles etc), gain FIA safety certificate, contract with track marshalls and workers, catering, sell tickets and run the race etc.

    The Battersea race promoter (MotorSport Vision Racing), which owns Oulton Park (Cheshire), Brands Hatch and other circuits will need a new venue for next year’s Formula-e race. So I suggest you contact them (see msvracing.com) as a first point. Of course, they are probably looking for another area in London as a preference, but they will need a plan-B, and you might tempt them into a Liverpool race in addition to London.

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25th May 2016 by Chris Gibson
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