The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is set to race for the first time in Portland, Oregon. Following approval from the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the race will take place on June 24, 2023, replacing the race that had been hosted by New York City.
Portland will host Round 12 of the Season 9 schedule, which features of 16 races in 11 cities and includes championship debuts in Hyderabad, India; Cape Town, South Africa and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The full 2023 schedule removes an event previously shown as TBD with discussions continuing for 2024 to include Seoul on the calendar.
The Portland stop is the lone United States race on the 2023 docket. Formula E has raced in the U.S. every year since 2015, with the exception of 2020 because of the pandemic. Long Beach, California, Miami and New York City have previously hosted.
“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, co-founder and chief championship officer for Formula E. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”
Fans attending the race in Portland will see the U.S. debut of the Gen3 race car. New for Season 9, the Gen3 is the third generation of race car in Formula E and the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car built. Maserati and McLaren have joined Formula E and will compete along with Jaguar, Porsche and Nissan.