En medio de la crisis por la clausura del Autódromo de Buenos Aires (ver nota), el jefe de Gobierno porteño, Mauricio Macri, presentó hoy el circuito callejero de Puerto Madero, donde se disputará una carrera internacional de autos eléctricos.

Los organizadores de la Fórmula E, el primer campeonato del mundo de autos eléctricos, se reunieron con Macri para acordar el dibujo del circuito que se montará en ese barrio porteño, cuando la categoría visite la Argentina el próximo 10 de enero.

Se trata de un trazado callejero de 2,44 kilómetros de extensión, con 12 curvas y sentido de giro antihorario. Para ser exactos, los autos correrán por la zona de Puerto Madero Sur. Pasarán por las calles Julieta Lanieri, Rosario Vera Peñaloza, Calabria, Dellepiane y Tristán Achával.

“Mirando el circuito, hay que decir que tiene una buena combinación de curvas”, dijo el piloto Bruno Senna, quien participará del campeonato que arrancará el 12 de septiembre en China.

Alejandro Agag, CEO de la Formula E, aseguró: “Estamos muy emocionados por correr en Argentina. Creemos que la carrera va a brindar un espectáculo fantástico para la gente de Buenos Aires y para los fans de la Fórmula E en todo el mundo”.

El jefe de Gobierno porteño recibió a las autoridades de la Fórmula E y declaró: “Para Buenos aires, haber sido seleccionada como anfitriona de la Fórmula E junto a ciudades como Beijing, Londres y Miami demuestra el compromiso de la ciudad para el apoyo a nuevas tecnologías, una movilidad más limpia y respeto por el medio ambiente. El vehículo eléctrico tendrá un rol significativo en reducir la polución de las grandes ciudades”.

El piloto argentino Juan Manuel “Cochito” López ya probó un Fórmula E. La nota y las características técnicas el auto se pueden ver en esta nota.

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En plena crisis del Autódromo, Macri presentó el circuito de Puerto Madero
El mapa interactivo del circuito de Puerto Madero se puede ver acá.

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Comunicado de prensa de la Fórmula E Formula E unveils track for Buenos Aires ePrix

The circuit layout and location for the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix, host for round four of the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, has been revealed today.

Taking place on January 10 2015, the 2.44km anti-clockwise track lies in the popular and modern Puerto Madero district to the east of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. It has been designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi and features 12 turns including a mix of high-speed corners, chicanes and hairpins. The ePrix has been warmly welcomed by Mayor Mauricio Macri, along with the City Government, local authorities and the ASN. The race is one of two in South America along with Punta del Este in Uruguay (Round three) on December 13 2014.

Commenting on the layout, Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna said: “Looking at the track, you have to say it’s got a good combination of corners. There’s a chicane, some high-speed turns with a change of direction and slow-speed as well. It’s impossible to tell from the map about undulation, but I think that it could make for an interesting race and it will be fun to drive.

“I think the main overtaking point will be into Turn 1 under braking, or maybe into T4 or even T5. T7 is a possible passing point too, so it does lend itself to some potential overtakes, but we’ll have to see when we get there.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E said: “We’re very excited about racing in Argentina and want to thank the City Government, Mayor Mauricio Macri, the ASN and all the local authorities for their continued support, investment and backing. We believe this race is going to provide a fantastic spectacle for the people of Buenos Aires and for Formula E fans around the world.”

Mayor Mauricio Macri said: “For Buenos Aires to be selected to host a Formula E race alongside worldwide cities such as Beijing, London and Miami demonstrates the commitment of the city to embracing new technologies, clean mobility and respect for the environment. The electric vehicle will play a significant role in reducing future pollution in cities across the globe, making them better places to live, and Buenos Aires is pleased to be at the forefront of this and to be supporting a pioneering initiative such as Formula E.”

The Buenos Aires ePrix becomes the fifth track to be revealed by Formula E organisers, with the roads surrounding Beijing’s Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium forming the season opener, followed by a race though the centre of Putrajaya in Malaysia for round two. Punta del Este’s picturesque coastline provides the venue for round three with round seven taking place in Long Beach, Southern California, using a modified version of the city’s historic street circuit. The remaining tracks will be released approximately six months prior to the race.

Formula E is the FIA’s new fully-electric single-seater championship designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans, whilst accelerating the interest in electric vehicles and promoting sustainability. Competing entirely on city-centre circuits – with races also in China, Malaysia, Uruguay, USA, Monaco, Germany and the UK – it uses cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph (225kph). Its 10 teams and 20 drivers feature some of the leading international names in motorsport including Alain Prost and Michael Andretti, along with high-profile environmental supporters including Sir Richard Branson.

Formula E currently has two signed South American drivers in Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt) and Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing), whilst Juan Manuel Lopez recently become the first Argentinean to test the Formula E car at Donington Park, UK.

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