Switzerland lifts auto racing ban: Formula E to run beginning 2016

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A Formula E racecar driven by Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro runs through the city streets of Geneva

A Formula E racecar driven by Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro runs through the city streets of Geneva

AUTO racing is bound to return to Switzerland, 60 years after the Swiss government banned all forms of motorsports within its borders. With the running of the clean and green Formula E racing series, the Swiss government has lifted the ban on motor racing, but only for this type of racing.

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Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing series sanctioned by the e Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the world’s motorsport governing body.

Formula E organizers recently announced that the Council of States – the upper house of the Swiss legislature – has adopted a resolution that will open its borders to allow Formula E to hold a race in Swizerland in the very near future.

The Swiss ePrix is expected to be included in the ePrix calendar during the 2016/2017 season.

Organizers are to decide where exactly the race will be held, although a street-circuit setup within city centers is highly anticipated.

The announcement of the upcoming racing event in Switzerland follows a demonstration run of Formula E cars during the Genevamotor show held during the first week of March.Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro drove the spec Spark-Renault SRT-01E around the city.

The last time Switzerland hosted a major event was at the Bremgarten circuit near Bern in 1954.

In 1955 the Swiss government banned motor racing aftermanyspectators were killed in a horrific accident at Le Mans.

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