If you’re heading to Putrajaya for any government department business tomorrow, you might want to change your plans.
The FIA Formula E Championship returns to Malaysia with the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix this Saturday (7 Nov) for the second time this year, and the streets of Putrajaya will again be turned into a street racing circuit. The one-day event in Precinct 2 will take place on a 2.56km stretch along Persiaran Perdana, which passes by the city’s iconic landmarks including the Perdana Putra and Masjid Putra.
Unlike Formula1 (F1) racecars, the e-Prix uses single-seater, open-wheel electric cars for the race. The event places great emphasis on educating the public about green technology through racing, and the event’s organisers hope that it will inspire people, especially students, to learn about electric and solar-powered vehicles. There will be educational booths for the public to learn how to create energy, and electric car simulators, as well as a Kids Fun Zone, Food Zone with popular food trucks, and an Extreme Sports Fun Zone.
General admission to the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix will be free to the public, while grandstand tickets are priced from RM160 to RM750. Doors will open to the public at 7am, and the race will start at 2pm.
Two of the main roads within Putrajaya, namely Persiaran Perdana and Lebuh Wawasan, will be closed for the race, and traffic around the area will be diverted. There will be plenty of parking space available for spectators, and the public are advised to follow the signboards.
Safety barriers around the circuit have been set up along Persiaran Perdana about a month ago and will take shorter time to dismantle compared to last year. The road closures have been carried in Putrajaya through stages for the past few weeks in preparation for the race on 7 November, and a short section of Persiaran Perdana will remain closed from 8 November until 22 November for dismantling works.