Hong Kong to host first ever e-Touring Car race

The first ever electric touring car race will take place in October as a support event for the Hong Kong ePrix.

FRD Motorsport has been named as the official racing partner for the event, and will provide a field of fifteen VW e-Golfs for the race.

FRD already have experience in across a range of different motorsports, including Asian Formula Renault and the Clio Cup China Series.

Modifications on the first e-Golf were completed earlier this month and were successfully tested on the 19th of July, although images of the new car won’t be available until August. The alterations included adding a roll cage, front splitter, rear wing and side skirts.

On race day, the new race series will be given two practice sessions before a fifteen minute qualifying, followed by a twenty minute race, and will help to add more on track action to what has been a sparse race day for those attending races.

In November Formula E also announced that they would be introducing a ‘Roborace’ championship for the 2016/17 season, made up of driverless cars, however it is unkown whether this is still going ahead, and where it would fit into the race day schedule.

The first ever Hong Kong ePrix is due to take place on the 8th of October, and has already sold all of the initial allotment of tickets, leading to organisers announcing plans to expand the grandstand seating to three times the original size.