Formula E hopes to expand to Africa, India

Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:56am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

"We want to conquer as much of the world as we can," the series chief executive Alejandro Agag told reporters after Sunday's final round at London's Battersea Park on the south bank of the River Thames.

"We will be looking for places maybe in Africa also."

Agag said the series, won by Brazilian Nelson Piquet junior for Team China Racing, would probably have two new cities in the second season although the number of races was likely to remain the same or one more.

"We want to give the championship stability for the teams. Probably grow another two races for season three," said the Spaniard.

One of those could be in India, with Mahindra & Mahindra Auto Group President Pawan Goenka telling Reuters the choice was likely to be between New Delhi and Bangalore.

"It cannot happen in 2015/16, it's too late, but in 2016/17 we would like to. The organizers have a general interest in bringing a race to India," he said.

"Delhi will be ideal in terms of interest and visibility and the backdrop that you get and wide roads -- but perhaps most difficult at the same time -- followed by Bangalore. Mumbai is out of the question."   Continued...