China’s CCTV-5 Gains Rights for Formula E

Formula E, the electric car racing series due to start this year that takes place in city centres around monumental landmarks, has taken a big step forward by coming to a deal with CCTV in China to allow them to broadcast the races.

The tracks for Formula E have been designed with electric propulsion in mind. Lots of quick turns requiring use of the motor's instant torque.

The tracks for Formula E have been designed with electric propulsion in mind. Lots of quick turns requiring use of the motor’s instant torque.

Formula E has signed an initial free-to-air broadcast agreement with CCTV-5 – the main sports channel in the People’s Republic of China and part of the China Central Television network. The deal will see the station televise all 10 Formula E races in full together with a regular highlights package and live coverage of the Beijing ePrix.

CCTV-5 joins other broadcasters worldwide such as FOX Sports (covering all of the US and 88 additional territories around the world), Asahi, covering Japan, and ITV, covering the UK.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “It’s a pleasure and an honour to be here in Beijing today and my thanks go to all the city and government authorities for their enthusiastic reception. On June 12 it will be exactly 100 days before Beijing hosts the opening ePrix and the world’s first all-electric Formula race. Today I walked part of the circuit and visited areas where the first infrastructure holes have already been drilled and it’s just an incredible feeling and something that everyone here is excited about. We’re also delighted to have signed the initial broadcast deal with CCTV-5 increasing our global reach and showcasing sustainable mobility to an even wider audience.”

The Formula E series will kick off at the Beijing ePrix on Saturday 13 September. Tickets for pre-registration go on sale soon priced from 488RMB to 688RMB (€55-€85 / £44.50-£69 / $75-$116).

All ten teams racing in the Formula E racing will be using the same car developed by Renault and Spark Racing Technology. These cars were delivered to the teams last week.

Will you be watching the Formula E races? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

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