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Haese backs international electric car race for Adelaide


Lord Mayor Martin Haese says the international, electric-car motorsports series Formula E would be “a good fit for South Australia”.

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The first FIA Formula E Championship was launched with all-electric car races in 10 cities including Beijing, Buenos Aires, Moscow and London in 2014.

Haese told InDaily attracting the car race to the Adelaide street circuit would be an “exciting” prospect – one he would be raising with Premier Jay Weatherill.

“Adelaide’s does a tonne of really good motoring events,” said Haese, a former chairman of the Bay to Birdwood vintage car show.

“On the surface of it, [Formula E] looks like a really good fit for South Australia.

“Does it sound really exciting? Yes it does.

“It’s something in due course I’ll talk to the Premier about.”

Haese said the race would fit with the city council’s “smart city, sustainable” strategic objectives.

He said he expected the nascent international motorsport to grow, and that its expansion could be a boon for electric car technology.

“I think it’ll grow very fast,” said Haese.

“Formula One technology makes its way ultimately into mainstream automotives … you could see how that could happen here [with electric racing cars].”

Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi of Team Renault e.dams won the Formula E championship late last month.

Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi of Team Renault e.dams celebrates after winning the FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix last month. Photo: AAP/EPA/Jens Buettner

Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi of Team Renault e.dams celebrates after winning the FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix last month. Photo: AAP/EPA/Jens Buettner

Former Adelaide City Council candidate Valdis Dunis, who proposed the idea to Haese, says Adelaide could be an appealing location for Formula E because of its proximity to Asia and the layout of the city.

He said Sydney, Surfer’s Paradise and Bangkok were clear candidates to host a leg of the 2017 championship, but Adelaide should also enter the race for inclusion.

“The key thing about electric cars… is nothing can beat them for acceleration, so they aim for short sharp turns,” Dunis said.

“That’s where it fits very well with Adelaide – it’s a perfect match.

“When Adelaide wants to be smart, greeen, innovative, creative… Formula E fits right into that.

“It could help make us look like the carbon neutral city… that we’re aiming to be.”

He said Formula E boasted almost non-existent vehicle noise and cheaper entry than other car races.

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