HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Drivers Tram Experience

Ahead of the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, drivers took time out to enjoy the iconic sights of the city by enjoying a ride on the Hong Kong Tram! Part of the Formula E tram experience included remixing of Formula E sounds into your own personalised music, and the ‘Ghost’ game challenge where participants can compete virtually against Formula E drivers in previous races.

 

Geox Dragon Racing – Jose Maria Lopez

 

Envision Virgin Racing – Robin Frijns

 

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler – Daniel Abt

 

Geox Dragon Racing – (L) Jose Maria Lopez, (R) Felipe Nasr

 

Geox Dragon Racing – (L) Jose Maria Lopez, (R) Felipe Nasr

2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Allianz E-Village opens at 7am Tomorrow!

Local celebrity Jason Chan Chi-san among the first to sample the fun!

The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix takes place tomorrow but 8,000 kids from underprivileged community groups and schools were invited today to the Allianz E-Village, which features an array of activities created by Formula E, its sponsors and partners.

 

Local celebrity Jason Chan Chi-san also joined in the fun, and enjoyed a group photo with talented young musicians of Music Children Foundation, who performed live for visitors.

HKT Hong Kong E-Prix out to electrify once again with ultimate urban street racing

The 2019 HKT Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix is set to supercharge Hong Kong once again when 22 world-class drivers from 11 teams take to the city’s iconic Harbourfront street circuit on Sunday, March 10.

 

Hong Kong fans will be the first in Asia to experience the debut of the Formula E Gen2 car, which has nearly double the range and energy storage of the previous car.  With no mid-race car swap, a new team on the grid in the HWA RACELAB, and Nissan e.dams replacing Renault, fans can expect more action on track than ever before in what has already been a thrilling Season 5 on this innovative international circuit.

 

Four drivers have claimed top spot on the podium heading into round 5 in Hong Kong with Mahindra Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio leading the drivers’ standings after claiming his first podium in five years of Formula E racing after a thrilling finish in round 2 in Marrakesh.

 

Portugal’s Antonio Felix Da Costa, a familiar face for local fans after twice winning the Macau Grand Prix, is in second in the standings after a hot start, winning the opening leg – and the first Formula E E-Prix in Saudi Arabia – and claiming the Julius Baer Pole Position for a total of 28 points.

 

Matters then got more challenging for da Costa, who failed finish the next two legs, with D’Ambrosio winning in Morocco and Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird taking the chequered flag in Santiago, Chile, at what was the hottest ever Formula E race, with temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius.  The excitement continued in Mexico City with Sebastian Buemi claiming his first podium of the season after coming right down the homestretch for the win.

 

D’Ambrosio leads the Drivers Championship on 53 points, ahead of Da Costa (46) and Bird (45), with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver Lucas di Grassi in fourth on 34 points while Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein in fifth on 30 points.

 

Mahindra Racing are top of the pops in the team championship with 83 points, ahead of nearest challengers Envision Virgin Racing (73) and BMW I Andretti Motorsport (64).  China’s DS Techeetah team is in fourth with 57 points, just one point ahead of fifth placed Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler (56).

 

This weekend’s race marks the 50th Formula E E-Prix staged since the inception of the Championship in 2014.  Five of the participating drivers this weekend have been involved in every race including, (in order of points scored), di Grassi (645), Bird (501), Daniel Abt (309), d’Ambrosio (289) and Nelson Piquet Jr (237).

 

Nelson Piquet Jr commented on the feat and the growth of Formula E saying, “It has grown a lot. It is every year attracting better drivers, better engineers, better teams and bigger sponsors, more cities. Hopefully it stays humble. We want it to be an open sport in allowing people to access to it more.”

 

The Brazilian is one of the fan favourites in Hong Kong and while hoping to “still be here and winning more races five years from now,” he is more focussed on how he and fellow Panasonic Jaguar driver Mitch Evans would go on the starting grid, as they look to climb out of seventh place on the 11-team standings.

 

“The car is performing ok, it can always be a bit better of course. We need to score this weekend. We need to finish in the top 5; that is our aim, our goal here.”

 

 

He returns the affection for Hong Kong as well, adding that he loves “coming to this part of the world. I love shopping and eating here and it is a place that I can come to early and enjoy the city a bit,” he added.

 

Three different winners have won the three races held in Hong Kong previously, with three different pole sitters in those races as well.  Despite Audi Sport ABT Scheffler having won in nine different Formula E locations, the team has never managed to make it in Hong Kong, although Audi’s Daniel Abt took the chequered flag here last season before he was later disqualified. With that haunting memory, the team will be looking to set the record straight this time.

 

The challenging Harbourfront track remains unchanged with 10 turns and two hairpins, but race strategy has intensified thanks to the new ‘Attack Mode’, another on-track innovation that will impress speed lovers in 2019.

 

Activated via special zones on the track, drivers will be able to access 225 kW power in Attack Mode with spectators seeing which drivers are in mode through the futuristic illuminated LED Halos on the vehicles.

 

With the new Gen2 car, Attack Mode and the ever-popular Fanboost, speed lovers are in for a treat.  The fastest lap in Hong Kong in 2017 was 1.03.002s in the practice session ahead of Race 2; with the more powerful Gen2 car ready to rumble, fans should expect that lap record to tumble in 2019.

Off-Track Highlights Announced for 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix

Formula E World, ‘Ghost Racing’, & dedicated Kids Zone lead immersive fan experiences

at Allianz E-Village suitable for the whole family

 

[HONG KONG, March 5, 2019] – The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix will bring local fans closer to the world of Formula E through the array of immersive and educational activities available at the much-enhanced Allianz E-Village. The dedicated fan festival will be centre-pieced by the new Formula E World, a four-zone exploration area for visitors to learn more about the electric street racing series.

 

Comprised of the Driver Zone, Strategist Zone, Fan Zone, and E-Gen Zone, Formula E World has something for everyone. A bespoke journey through the universe of the world’s closest, most intense and progressive category in motorsport, all visitors will enter full of curiosity and leave as a dedicated Formula E fan. What’s more, all ticketholders can get right up-close with the futuristic Gen2 car in Allianz E-Village, a not-to-be-missed ‘Instagrammable’ opportunity.

 

With much of Lung Wo Road Grandstand removed to make way for a bigger Allianz E-Village, many of the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix sponsors and partners will showcase their latest technological advances and innovations in sustainable urban transportation on March 10 through interactive and informative activities suitable for the whole family.

 

FIA

At the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, Formula E fans and families will have the opportunity to visit the FIA stand and learn more about the #3500LIVES Global Road Safety Campaign. The main focus of the stand will be on the “Use a Child Safety Seat” rule, which is embodied by Actress, Producer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh. There will be a number of family-friendly fun activities and visitors will be able to take their own #3500LIVES picture and share it on a dedicated wall. The stand will also feature a section on the Child Safety Toolkit presented by FIA Member Club – HKAA.

 

ABB

ABB is the title sponsor of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and as such is uniquely placed to talk about its role as one of the world’s pioneering technology leaders. With roots in the nineteenth century, but now as a global powerhouse in e-mobility, digital technologies, robotics and industrial automation, ABB is a natural partner for the first global all-electric motorsport series. The ABB booth, present at every E-Prix, showcases many aspects of ABB technology, from EV charging solutions, to smarter cities, to the latest developments in renewable energy – and not forgetting YuMi®, the world’s first truly collaborative robot.

 

HKT

HKT is delighting Formula E fans by making 3,000 square feet of booth space available at the Tamar Park Allianz E-Village. Visitors are able to sample the latest technologies and gadgets offered by HKT’s various lines of business AND play interactive games on a gigantic 6.5M x 3.5M LED screen that involves racing against friends and family throughout a virtual Central Harbourfront environment. Visitors can also enjoy the ultimate spectator experience by witnessing exciting electric motorsport thrills and spills on an LED screen in comfortable surroundings.

 

FWD

FWD never stops exploring. Through innovative protection and creative ideas, FWD aims to empower people to celebrate living and live life to the fullest.

 

With the track bringing you the most intense racing series in Hong Kong CBD, FWD offers you an intriguing music related VR experience to test your reflex and composure during breaks of the race. A welcome gift will also be offered if you register as FWD MAX member onsite. Let’s enjoy the power, music and the beat at the start of this Spring in Hong Kong Central Harbourfront.

 

BMW

As the long-time Official Vehicle Partner and first-time participant of Formula E, BMW i Motorsports’ booth will feature the new BMW iFE.18, the i8 Coupe Safety Car, the brand-new i3 120Ah and the i Vision Dynamics concept car, giving fans a taste of what future BMW cars will look like. Interact with BMW specialists to learn more about the technology and complete a mini quiz for a chance to win exclusive BMW merchandise!

 

Carousell

Carousell is more than thrilled to be a part of one of the world’s most spectacular car events, Formula E 2019. The motto of their Auto Team is in line with Auto Shopping Redefined. Not only dothey promote car trading, but also aim at incorporating the car cultures into our society.

 

Nothing’s better than going home with souvenirs after a whole day of joy. Visit Carousell’s booth and get the chance to win a free car charger and other souvenirs by downloading their app and getting into the car page. Also, make sure you don’t miss out on the model RC car competition and fully immerse yourself into the Formula E culture and vibe!

 

HKPolyU Racing Team

The Hong Kong PolyU Racing Team (nicknamed PolyU Racing Development) is the first team among Hong Kong universities to have participated in the Formula Student series competition. Initiated by 9 Mechanical Engineering students in 2015, HKPolyU Racing Team is now strong and thriving with over 70 students from 7 departments of various faculties. Two generations of race cars, Inheritance (HKF-01E) and Pulse (HKF-02E), will be showcased in the PRD booth with introduction by current and alumni members. In addition, a racing simulator will be set up in the booth for a true taste of Formula E. Don’t hesitate, come experience the life of racing with HKPolyU Racing team!

 

Elsewhere at the Allianz E-Village, the highly popular Gaming Arena will see an increase to 20 Formula E simulators from eight last season to allow more racing enthusiasts to test their skills on the virtual Central Harbourfront track.

 

iPads will be introduced at the Gaming Arena with the installation of an exciting, world’s first interactive racing, gaming, and viewing experience. ‘Ghost Racing’ provides a unique opportunity for users to race against real drivers in real races – live. Participants will be able to test their skills against some of the best Formula E drivers in the world.

 

Motor racing enthusiasts wishing to rub shoulders with the best in Formula E racing should gather at the Allianz E-Village podium no later than 5pm as the podium finishers will head straight over from their garages right after the race for celebrations. Earlier in the day, before the on-track action heats up, all 22 drivers including Felipe Massa, last season’s winner Sam Bird and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne will make an appearance at 2:25pm to sign autographs for fans and speak to budding motor racing drivers.

 

Before the stage is occupied by the winners of the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, urban dance crew Seabiscuit will be injecting some off-track energy to the festival, engaging fans with their street style and dynamic moves. A modern Kung Fu performance that combines contemporary dance and various Asian martial arts has also been created to entertain visitors before the fiercely-driven race gets underway at 4:03pm.

 

A giant screen with live feed of the on-track action can be found through the Allianz E-Village to ensure no one misses a single beat of the 45-minute plus one lap race. For the younger members of the family, face painters and a special Formula E Obstacle Course are the key highlights of the dedicated Kids Zone.

 

The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix is an all-day event with Allianz E-Village accessible from 7am to 6pm. To stay energised, the Taste Zone is where you need to go. The Formula E gastronomic journey includes replenishments by favourites like UTRON, PizzaExpress, Zuver x Sichuan Delicacy, Mr. Cart, Snowy, XTC Gelato, Candy Corner. Beer bought at Tamar Park will be served in reusable plastic cups with collection point at the Heineken booth and additional collection bins at event recycle station to return all used cups to the Heineken warehouse for reuse after wash.

 

Sustainability is the name of the game across the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and here in Hong Kong, one of the green initiatives at the Taste Zone is the free-for-all water pouches on offer so you can help us reduce plastic use. Simply take it everywhere with you, refill at the Allianz Hydration Stations around the venue, and drink from it all day long!

 

The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix will take place on Sunday March 10 at the Central Harbourfront street circuit. 22 drivers representing 11 teams will race around the 1.86km track with 10 turns, including two hairpins.

 

Tamar Park Grandstands are sold out while a limited number of tickets at Observation Wheel Grandstands is still available. Purchase your tickets now at Ticketflap and be a part of Hong Kong’s most electrifying event.

 

Allianz E-Village Entertainment Schedule:

Activity Location Time

 (*All Timings subject to change)

Formula E Driver Autograph Session Tamar Park 2:25pm
HKT Hong Kong E-Prix including Opening Ceremony Giant Screen 3:35pm
HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Podium Ceremony Tamar Park – Podium 5pm
SeaBiscuit Performance Stage Zone 11:30am, 1pm & 1:40pm
Modern Kung Fu Performance Stage Zone 11:30am, 1:05pm & 1:35pm
Face Painters Kids Zone 9am to 6pm

*Allianz E-Village Opening Hours: 07:00 to 18:00

2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Continues to Lead Conversation on Carbon Footprint Reduction Through Sustainable Practices

Event Organiser educates local fans on ‘It all starts with you”

with simple and easy initiatives around the track

 

[Hong Kong, February 28, 2019]:  Fans with tickets to the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix will be able to take an active role in reducing their carbon footprint as they cheer on the 22 Formula E drivers racing around the Central Harbourfront street circuit on Sunday March 10.

 

With one of the lowest carbon footprints of all international sporting events, Formula E became the first category in motorsport in July 2018 to earn the highly-acclaimed ISO 20121 certification – the highest award in sustainable events. Formula E does its very best to keep things sustainable on and off the track, and at the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, a number of easy to understand and simple to follow sustainable practices have been put in place so even the youngest of fans attending the race can learn about less wastage for a better tomorrow.

 

There will be a significant reduction in the usage of single use plastic cups for drinking water this year as free refillable and recyclable water pouches will be given out by volunteers at Allianz hydration stations at Tamar Park, Lung Wo Road and Observation Wheel. In partnership with Bluewater, drinkable water at the race will be processed through its purification system, delivering cleaner and healthier water you can trust.

 

Those visiting the Taste Zone will be offered only paper or recyclable cutlery, plates, or straws as they purchase refreshments to reduce single-use plastic, while XTC Gelato will serve all its gelato in cones to ensure their products are 100% edible. There will be an added incentive to participate at UTRON as a HKD10 discount will be offered for fruit or bubble tea refill if customers prepare his/her own cup or bring back the same cup for reuse.

 

Beer bought at Tamar Park will be served in reusable plastic cups with collection point at the Heineken booth and additional collection bins at event recycle station to return all used cups to the Heineken warehouse for reuse after wash.

 

Julia Palle, Senior Sustainability Consultant, said:

 

“Formula E believes electric vehicles represent the future of sustainable urban transportation, which will lead the fight against climate change. While leading companies in sustainability work with us on the technology and innovation developments, we want to let everyone know that each and every one of us can contribute, and create impact. It all starts right here, in our own homes, with our daily lives. At the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, our message to our fans is clear – reduce waste, and say no to single use plastic by reusing!”

 

The sustainable practices at the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix are aligned with Formula E’s efforts to match UK recycling standards for event adaptation across the pillars of recycling, general waste, and organic waste. Signages in both Chinese and English with colour coding around the venue reiterate the importance of recycling to visitors of all ages.

 

Furthermore, a range of Corporate Social Responsibility and community-focused programmes such as university speeches, community tours, and FIA Smart Cities Forum are taking place across Formula E races around the world. In Hong Kong, 8,000 local school children have been invited to enjoy the activities at the Allianz E-Village on Saturday March 9 before it opens its doors for ticket holders the following day. To enhance their experience, a performance from the Music Children Foundation will provide additional entertainment at the Stage Zone at 2pm.  Formed by a group of professional musicians graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and others overseas Music Academies, Music Children Foundation offers free training on music instruments to children aged below 12 and who do not get the chance to learn music due to their impoverishment.

 

Meanwhile, HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Platinum Sponsor FWD has specially arranged its corporate social responsibility partners, Hong Chi Association and the Hong Kong Special Olympics, totalling 200 intellectual disabilities and their families to take part in the Allianz E-Village, offering them an opportunity to experience such a great annual racing event.

 

Under the platform of the urban-based, future-focused ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the FIA Smart Cities Forum will come to Hong Kong on Saturday, March 9 to drive discussion around the topics of urban mobility and to promote the development of innovative mobility solutions.

 

The FIA Smart Cities Forum will gather an impressive array of mobility experts, city planners, metropolitan authorities, technology specialists, entrepreneurs, high-level political leaders and policy-makers to define the pathway for the future of mobility along the axes of sustainability and innovation.

 

The Forum will take place at the Formula E hospitality area, providing participants with an exclusive access to the Formula E track and innovations piloted by the racing teams.

 

On the track, the tyres on the futuristic Gen2 cars are hybrids suitable for all weather conditions, which means less number of tyres are needed, leading to the saving of CO2 emissions in transportation.

 

Earlier this month, Formula E announced a partnership with Belgian materials technology and recycling expert Umicore to recycle the lithium-ion battery cells used in the cars during the first two seasons of the Championship

 

The race map of ABB FIA Formula E Championship has been designed to have a cluster approach region by region to optimise freight in order to use more boat or road freight, while at each event, no public parking spaces are provided to encourage use of public transportation.

 

Formula E was created to work towards a solution to improve air quality in city centres and fight climate change. Beyond the races themselves, the championship series is a technological and sustainable development test bed to address mobility and environmental issues. It is the mission of Formula E to pioneer the transition towards smart cities and low carbon economies, societies, and transportation by bringing electric vehicles to the forefront of people’s minds.

The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Temporary Traffic Arrangement: Traffic diversion around the Central Harbourfront to take effect between March 9 and 11

[Hong Kong, February 27, 2019]: With the staging of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix on Sunday 10 March, a number of roads in the Central Harbourfront area will be closed temporarily for use as part of the race track. The organiser together with Hong Kong Police Force and Transport Department holds press conference today to announce the temporary traffic arrangement for the event.

 

Public transportation routes, which operate on certain parts of Man Po Street, Man Kwong Street, Man Cheung Street, Man Yiu Street, Lung Wo Road, and the entire Yiu Sing Street, will be closed from 01:15am on 9 March (Saturday) to 05:15am on 11 March 2019 (Monday). Vehicle access, pedestrian path and crossings will all be suspended during this period.

 

On March 9 and 10, members of the public are recommended to:

-Use public transport to travel to Central, Admiralty and Wan Chai.

-Use at-grade carriageway such as Connaught Road West, Connaught Road Central and Harcourt Road if heading to Central

-Use temporary bus route No. FE1 to connect the Central Pier to Hong Kong Station, Central (Exchange Square) and Rumsey Street (near Li Po Chun Chambers, Connaught Road Central). Passengers can collect complimentary tickets from the organizer at the temporary bus stops for these rides.

 

In order to cope with the latest road layout changes in the vicinity of the race track, the temporary traffic diversion arrangement would be slightly different in this year. To facilitate associated race track works, the following plans will be implemented for vehicles and pedestrians over the aforementioned period:

 

Traffic diversion from the West:

From 01.15 am on 09 March 2019 (Saturday) to 5.15 am on 10 March 2019 (Sunday)

-The eastbound entrance of Central Wan Chai Bypass (CWB) at Man Kat Street at-grade road will be temporarily closed. Eastbound vehicles heading for Wan Chai (N) and North Point will be diverted via Connaught Road Central, Harcourt Road Gloucester Road.

-Kong Chung Lane will be temporarily closed. Vehicles not exceeding 11m in length heading for IFC or Airport Express Carpark will be diverted via Man Kat Street, Connaught Road Central, Man Yiu Street, Man Cheung Street, existing U-turn facility at Man Cheung Street, Man Yiu Street and Finance Street.

From 08.00 am on 09 March 2019 (Saturday) to 04.00 pm on 09 March 2019 (Saturday)

-Vehicles on Connaught Road West at-grade road eastbound are prohibited from turning right to Eastern Street southbound.

-Vehicles on Eastern Street North southbound are prohibited from going straight to Eastern Street southbound.

-Vehicles on Connaught Road West at-grade road eastbound or Eastern Street North southbound heading for Eastern Street westbound or U-turn to Connaught Road West westbound will be diverted via Western Fire Services Street and Connaught Road West.

From 01.15 am on 09 March 2019 to 5.15 am on 11 March 2019

-Connaught Road Central Flyover to Man Po Street exit will be temporarily closed. Eastbound vehicles from Shing Sai Road, Hill Road Flyover, Western Harbour Crossing Hong Kong exit and Connaught Road West near Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park at-grade road cannot proceed to Central, Admiralty and Mid-levels. Vehicles will be diverted via at-grade of Connaught Road West, Connaught Road Central and Harcourt Road to Central.

-The eastbound exit of Man Po Street at Connaught Road Central Flyover will be temporarily closed. Vehicles from Connaught Road Central Flyover can only proceed to Wan Chai (N) and North Point via CWB.

-Vehicles over 7m (Except for Buses) are prohibited to enter Central Ferry Pier via Man Kwong Street.

-Vehicles entering Central Pier have to proceed to Connaught Road Central via Central Ferry Piers temporary road, Finance Street and the re-routed slip road of Man Cheung Street.

-The slip road at Man Cheung Street near Man Kat Street will be reversed in direction from existing one-way northbound traffic to one-way southbound traffic. Vehicles exceeding 11m in length (Except Franchised Buses) from Finance Street are prohibited to enter Man Cheung Street eastbound and have to proceeded to Connaught Road Central via the above slip road.

-Temporary traffic signal will be implemented at the junction of Man Cheung Street, Finance Street and Man Kat Street.

-The junction of Man Kat Street/Man Cheung Street eastbound will be closed to general traffic (Except franchised buses). Vehicles not exceeding 11m in length heading for IFC or Airport Express Carpark will be diverted via Man Kat Street, Connaught Road Central, Man Yiu Street, Man Cheung Street, existing U-turn facility at Man Cheung Street, Man Yiu Street and Finance Street.

-Vehicles exceeding 11m in length from Man Cheung Street westbound are prohibited turning right to Man Cheung Street eastbound at the Man Cheung Street signalized junction.

-A section of Chung Kong Road between Rumsey Street and Exit of Shun Tak Centre will be reversed in diversion from existing one-way eastbound traffic to one-way westbound traffic.

-Vehicles heading for Pok Fu Lam via Western Harbour Crossing are advised to use Shek Tong Tsui Exit, and use Connaught Road West, Ka On Street, Des Voeux Road West, Queen Street, Connaught Road West and Western Street to Pok Fu Lam.

-Vehicles heading for Sai Ying Pun via Western Harbour Crossing are advised to use Shek Tong Tsui Exit, and use Connaught Road West, Ka On Street, Des Voeux Road West, Queen Street, Connaught Road West and Eastern Street to Sai Ying Pun.

From 05.15 am on 10 March 2019 (Sunday) to 5.15 am on 11 March 2019

-Kong Chung Lane will be closed (Except franchised buses). Vehicles not exceeding 11m in length heading for IFC or Airport Express Carpark will be diverted via Man Kat Street, Connaught Road Central, Man Yiu Street, Man Cheung Street, existing U-turn facility at Man Cheung Street, Man Yiu Street and Finance Street.

 

 

Traffic diversion from the East:

From 01.15 am on 09 March 2019 (Saturday) to 5.15 am on 10 March 2019 (Sunday)

-Exit of CWB westbound to Central will be temporarily closed. Westbound vehicles from Tin Hau (until 05:15 11th March 2019) or Island Eastern Corridor (North Point Section) heading for Central and Sheung Wan are advised to use Gloucester Road, Harcourt Road and Connaught Road Central.

From 01.15 am on 09 March 2019 (Saturday) to 5.15 am on 11 March 2019 (Monday)

-Exit of CWB westbound to Airport Express Station will be temporarily closed. Westbound vehicles from Tin Hau Street or Island Eastern Corridor (North Point Section) heading for Central and Sheung Wan are advised to use Gloucester Road, Harcourt Road, Connaught Road Central, Man Yiu Street and Man Cheung Street.

-Vehicles from Fenwick Pier Street westbound and P2 at-grade road westbound, except for those heading for Legislative Council Road, Tim Mei Avenue, Central Government Office, Chief Executive Office and PLA Headquarters, have to proceed to Connaught Road Central westbound via Fenwick Pier Street Flyover.

-Since Lung Wo Road will be closed, vehicles heading for City Hall and Edinburgh Place have to proceed via Connaught Road Central, while vehicles heading for Legislative Council Building may proceed to Legislative Council Road via Connaught Road Central and Lung Wui Road.

-Vehicles from CWB westbound heading for P2 road via Wan Chai (N) exit will be diverted via Lung King Street, Fenwick Pier Street, Harbour Road and Fleming Road.

-Vehicles on Expo Drive Central eastbound are prohibited from turning right to Expo Drive East southbound. Vehicles will be diverted via Expo Drive East, roundabout and Expo Drive East.

-Vehicles on Expo Drive East northbound are prohibited from using existing U-turn facility to Expo Drive East southbound. Vehicles will be diverted via Expo Drive East, roundabout and Expo Drive East.

 

Suggested pedestrian route during the Event:

-There are 3 Event Entrances Gates located at Central Pier No. 9, Edinburgh Place (West) and Lung Wo Road near Central Government Office respectively. The Organizer will have control measures of public access and traffic flow to separate the spectators and general passers-by.  General public can continue to take various routes to go to different locations of the Central Harbourfront.

-Most of the pedestrian paths and crossings at Man Yiu Street (between Lung Wo Road and Man Kwong Street) will be temporarily closed during the Event, but the footbridge connecting the Central Pier, MTR Hong Kong Station and IFC2 are open for public use as usual.

-Pedestrian path at Lung Wo Road (between Man Yiu Street and Tim Mei Avenue) will be temporarily closed. Public can use the pedestrian path along Connaught Road Central, Tamar Park and Waterfront Promenade to go to Edinburgh Place, City Hall, PLA Headquarters, Central Government Office and Chief Executive Office.

 

Public transport arrangement during the Event

-After consulting with the relevant public transport operators, the temporary public transport arrangement are proposed as follow:

(1)Franchised Bus services: After full road closure in the vicinity of Central Pier, Central Pier Bus Terminus and bus stop along Man Kwong Street and Man Yiu Street will be temporarily suspended. Number of existing routes will be still remained, but part of the routes will be adjusted and certain stops / terminus will be relocated. Temporary bus route No. FE1 will be provided to carry passengers between Central Pier and temporary bus stops. Bus stops of the free temporary bus route will be located at Central Pier No.3, Central Pier No.5, Hong Kong Station, Central (Exchange Square) and Rumsey Street (near Li Po Chun Chambers, Connaught Road Central) respectively. Passengers could collect tickets from the organizer at the temporary bus stops for free rides.

(2)GMB services: Number of existing routes will be still remained, but part of the routes will be adjusted and certain stops / terminus will be relocated.

(3)GMB stops & Taxi stands: GMB stop near Central Pier No. 6 will be relocated to the Taxi pick-up / drop-off point near Central Pier No. 5, the Taxi Stand will be relocated to existing GMB stop near Central Pier No.6, and the above Taxi pick-up / drop-off point will be relocated near Central Pier No.6.

(4)Non-franchised Bus services: Non-franchised bus using Man Kwong Street and Man Cheung Street will be affected that their pick-up / drop-off points and routing will be slightly adjusted.

 

Temporary traffic arrangement before and after the Event (28 February (Thursday) – 8 March (Friday) and 11 (Monday)-18 March (Monday))

For the safety of the race crew and spectators, and control measures of public access, the Organizer will install grandstand, spectator stand fences and other temporary measures, in addition to the set-up of pit stop and carnival area.  The installation works of concrete safety barriers and race route barriers will start from 28 February (Thursday) and such works will be conducted during night times in 6 phases to minimize its impact to the traffic nearby.  The Organizer has proposed alternative routes for the temporary road closure and the public road will be narrowed after the temporary constructions are in place.  The restoration works will be conducted after the Event until 06:00 on 18 March (Monday).

 

The following public roads will be closed or diverted:

Date and Stage Affected Road Section

 

1)     Installation of temporary Safety Barrier works
28/2

(Thursday)

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road eastbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

1/3

(Friday)

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road westbound between Edinburgh Place and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

2/3

(Saturday)

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road eastbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road westbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

3/3

(Sunday)

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road eastbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road westbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road eastbound between Man Yiu Street and Edinburgh Place (00:00 of the following day – 06:00)

 

4/3

(Monday)

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road westbound between Man Yiu Street and Edinburgh Place (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road eastbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

5/3

(Tuesday)

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 05:15 of the following day)

–   Motorists are prohibited to make left turn from Man Yiu Street southbound into Lung Wo Road eastbound, motorists are diverted to use Man Cheung Street westbound, U-Turn and Man Cheung Street eastbound (01:45 of the following day – 05:15)

 

6/3

(Wednesday)

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area near No.7 & 8 Central Ferry Pier

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 05:15 of the following day)

–   Closure of Man Yiu Street northbound between Man Po Street and Man Kwong Street (01:45 of the following day – 05:15)

 

7/3

(Thursday)

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area near No.7 & 8 Central Ferry Pier

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 05:15 of the following day)

–   Motorists are prohibited to make right turn from Man Yiu Street southbound into pick up / drop off area of IFC II, motorists are diverted to use Man Yiu Street northbound (From 01:45 of the following day)

 

8/3

(Friday)

 

All Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of Yiu Sing Street westbound between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area near No.7 & 8 Central Ferry Pier

–   Motorists are prohibited to make right turn from Man Yiu Street southbound into pick up / drop off area of IFC II, motorists are diverted to use Man Yiu Street northbound

 

2)   Removal of temporary Safety Barrier works
11/3

(Monday)

 

All vehicles can enter the race track area starting from 05:15

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area near No.7 & 8 Central Ferry Pier

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Man Yiu Street northbound between Man Po Street and Man Kwong Street (01:45 of the following day – 05:15)

–   Motorists are prohibited to make left turn from Man Yiu Street southbound into Lung Wo Road eastbound, motorists are diverted to use Man Cheung Street westbound, U-Turn and Man Cheung Street eastbound (01:45 of the following day – 05:15)

 

12/3

(Tuesday)

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area near No.7 & 8 Central Ferry Pier

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road westbound between Man Yiu Street and Edinburgh Place  (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

13/3

(Wednesday)

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road westbound between Man Yiu Street and Tim Wa Avenue  (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

14/3

(Thursday)

 

 

Day

–   Closure of pick up / drop off area between Lung Wo Road and General Post Office

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road westbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue  (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

15/3-16/3

(Friday-Saturday)

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

–   Closure of Lung Wo Road eastbound between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wa Avenue  (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

17/3

(Sunday)

 

Night

–   Full closure of Yiu Sing Street between Lung Wo Road and Man Yiu Street (21:00 – 06:00 of the following day)

 

18/3

(Monday)

-All affected road section will resume normal from 06:00 onward

 

 

All existing pedestrian crossings and footbridges will not be affected, but certain parts of the following paths will be temporarily closed or narrowed down to width not less than 1.5m:

-Northern kerbside pedestrian path of Yiu Sing Street, between Man Yiu Street and Yiu Sing Street roundabout, will be temporarily closed.

-Pedestrian path of Central Post Office east and north will be temporarily closed.

-Most of the pedestrian path between Edinburgh Place and Lung Wo Road will be temporarily closed, but footpaths with minimum 1.5m in width would be maintained for public access.

 

The following footpath will be temporarily narrowed down:

-Pedestrian path between Edinburgh Place and Connaught Place

-Southern kerbside pedestrian path of Lung Wo Road, between Star Ferry Car Park and Edinburgh Place and between Edinburgh Place and Tim Wah Avenue

-Western kerbside pedestrian path of Man Yiu Street, between Man Po Street and Central Pier Bus Terminal entrance

 

The following motorcycle parking lots will be temporarily relocated:

-14 nos. of parking lot at the Pick-up /Drop-off point between Lung Wo Road and Central Post Office will be suspended.

Relocated 14 spaces next to the motorcycle parking lots at the Edinburgh Place North and West.

Date: 1 March to 15 March

-20 nos. of parking lot at the Pick-up/Drop-off area at Man Kat Street near to the Central Pier 6 will be suspended.

Relocated 25 spaces at the taxi stand at Man Kwong Street near to the Central Pier 2.

Date: 8 March to 11 March

 

In order to minimize the impact to the public road users nearby, the Organizer appointed a traffic consultant to conduct a study of traffic Impact of the Event, and proposed a series of temporary traffic arrangement and submitted to the relevant government departments. Transport Department together with Hong Kong Police Force and others relevant government departments will activate the Emergency Transport Co-ordination Centre before, during and after the Event Days to closely monitor the traffic situation and public transport services within the affected area. Before the event days, the Organizer and consultant will continue to liaise with the stakeholders and communicate through mass media about the Event updates and information of temporary traffic arrangement. Organizer and consultant have formulated temporary contingency traffic arrangements for Event Days, and will implement appropriate control measures when necessary, to ensure that public processions or assemblies can be held smoothly, and the effect on the public can be minimized.

 

Event ambassadors will also be deployed to the surrounding areas of the Event site before and during the Event days to distribute Temporary Traffic Arrangement leaflets and provide necessary assistance to the general public.  They are strongly recommended to use public transportation service to go to the area. They may also utilize the temporary bus service to commute between Central Pier and the temporary bus stops.

 

For more detailed information of temporary traffic arrangement, please visit the Event official website: www.hkformulae.com

Formula E and HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Explained

(February 15, 2019, Hong Kong) – The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix will take place on Sunday March 10 on the Central Harbourfront street circuit with the world-renowned Hong Kong skyline as backdrop.

 

As the ABB FIA Formula E Championship continues to grow in popularity across the globe, and the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix firmly establishing itself as one of the key highlights in the city’s events calendar, fans are now more curious than ever before in learning more about the championship – its origin, what it stands for, and where it is heading.

 

As such, Formula E Racing (Hong Kong) Limited has created the following factsheet with key highlights to enhance the understanding of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix.

– The ABB FIA Formula E Championship (Formula E) is a class of motor racing that uses electric-powered cars only with the inaugural championship starting in Beijing in September 2014

– Now in season five, Formula E boasts of 13 races across five continents with 22 drivers competing for 11 teams

– Hong Kong hosted two races last season, which were won by Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist, while Jean-Eric Vergne won the overall series

– The HKT Hong Kong E-Prix reaches 1.86km with 10 turns, including two hairpins, and a 555m main straight. The race format is 45 minutes plus one lap, which means once the 45 minutes is up drivers have to complete one extra lap .

– The Gen2 car, which made its debut this season, can touch 100km/h (60mph) in just 2.8 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 280km/h (174mph)

– With a new and improved battery, Gen2 cars can complete a full race with no pit stop

– One of the new on-track features this year is the ‘ATTACK MODE’, where drivers will be able to access 225kW of power via a special activation zones on the track (maximum power available during race mode is 200kW)

– FANBOOST will continue to allow fans to vote for their favourite driver to receive an extra boost of 100kJ of energy during the race

– BMW and Nissan joined Formula E this season, while Mercedes-Benz and Porsche confirmed their involvement from season six

Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited confirms return of HKT and FWD as major sponsors of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix for third consecutive season

Formula E World to lead a new wave of interactive edutainment at the much-enhanced Allianz E-Village

[Hong Kong, January 29, 2019]: The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix will welcome back two of its biggest supporters with the confirmation of HKT and FWD as its Title and Platinum Sponsor respectively for the third year in a row.
Taking place on Sunday March 10 on the 1.86km Central Harbourfront street circuit with the iconic Hong Kong skyline as backdrop, the third edition of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix is round five of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
As a premier platform in Asia on the future of sustainable mobility, race organisers Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Ltd will once again join forces with the city’s leading telecommunications provider to showcase the industry’s latest in innovation and technological advances and educate the public on embracing the future through sustainable means.
Ms. Susanna Hui, Group Managing Director of HKT, said:
“HKT has been a partner of the Hong Kong E-Prix since its inaugural event in 2016 and we are proud to return once again as title sponsor. The iconic event shares our vision, which is to enrich and empower lives through continuous pursuit of innovation and technological advances through sustainable means. We look forward to enhancing the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix fan experience in the build-up and at the event itself over the next few weeks.”
Likewise, pan-Asian insurer FWD has been a partner since Hong Kong joined the FIA Formula E family for the first time in October 2016. Known for its technology-driven solutions that make it easier for consumers to understand insurance products, the Hong Kong E-Prix is an ideal platform for FWD to excite and engage with its customers, and provide them with a unique opportunity to pursue their passion and celebrate living.
Tim Oliver, FWD Group Chief Customer & Marketing Officer commented:
“We’re thrilled to continue our support of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix as Platinum Sponsor for a third successive year. FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences through innovative and technology-driven solutions, and the Hong Kong E-Prix is renowned for offering an ultimate fan experience for those who are passionate about electric cars and motorsports. We look forward to partnering with the event organisers to bring a new level of excitement and racing experience to Hong Kong this March.”
With much of the Lung Wo Road Grandstand removed to make way for a bigger and better Allianz E-Village, visitors can look forward to a number of new initiatives that will further enhance the Formula E fan experience on race day. Formula E World will make its debut at the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, offering a chance to connect with the future of sport – Formula E – through four unique and very different zones for in-depth exploration. The Driver Zone, Strategist Zone, Fan Zone, and E-Gen Zone will have all visitors enter full of curiosity and leave as a dedicated Formula E fan.
The highly popular Gaming Arena, which houses Formula E simulators for fans to drive around the virtual Central Harbourfront track, will see an increase to 20 simulators from eight last season.
iPads will be introduced at the Gaming Arena with the installation of an exciting, world’s first interactive racing, gaming, and viewing experience. ‘Virtually Live – Ghost Racing’ allows users to race against real drivers in real races – live. Participants will be able to test their skills against some of the best Formula E drivers in the world.
Since November, the ‘Race Around Hong Kong’ initiative has been making its way around the city for the general public to try the virtual Central Harbourfront street circuit through the simulators. Title sponsor HKT will host the finale in February in Experiential Zone at its “io.t by HKT” concept store at ELEMENTS shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui where participants who recorded the fastest lap times across the whole series will win 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix BOSS | EMOTION CLUB tickets respectively.
Look out for the Formula E Adventure Tram, which will make its way between Causeway Bay and Sheung Wan on March 8 and 9, offering the funnest ride across Hong Kong Island for those cool enough to try. For eight hours each day, selected fans can create their unique ‘Sounds of the Electric Vehicle’ onboard through an immersive experience that reinterprets the Gen2 car engine sounds into personalised beats. Some of the Formula E drivers will also make an appearance at the Formula E Adventure Tram at certain times, making this fan activation one of the most sought after Instagrammable experiences of the campaign.
Bob Li, CEO, ENOVA Holdings Limited, commented:
“As the Greater China exclusive regional partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, ENOVA Holdings is delighted with the return of HKT and FWD as Title and Platinum Sponsors of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix. With both of these iconic brands known for pushing the envelope on technology and digital driven innovation through sustainable means, and Formula E being a thought leader in sustainable urban mobility development, the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix provides the perfect platform for us to collaborate and create positive impact for the people of Hong Kong as they prepare for the future.”
With less than six weeks to go, limited Grandstand tickets remain, which are priced at HK$2,880 for both Observation Wheel and Tamar Park grandstands. These include all day venue access, and complementary pass to the Allianz E-Village. Concession tickets are available for children aged 5-12 years and senior citizens aged 65-and-over. Allianz E-Village tickets, without access to the race track, are available at HK$50.
ENDS

Mr. Bruce Lam, Chief Marketing Officer of CSL Mobile Limited and CEO of The Club (R), Mr. Paul Tse, Chief Marketing Officer, FWD Hong Kong and Macau (L), and Mr. Bob Li, CEO of ENOVA Holdings Ltd, were the special guests at the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Sponsor Announcement Media Event earlier today. HKT and FWD are supporting the race for the third consecutive season as Title and Platinum Sponsors respectively.

Newly formed boy band MIRROR joined special guests Mr. Ringo Lee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association (3rd from left), Mr. Paul Tse, Chief Marketing Officer, FWD Hong Kong and Macau (4th from left), Mr. Bob Li, CEO of ENOVA Holdings Ltd (4th from right), and Mr. Bruce Lam, Chief Marketing Officer of CSL Mobile Limited and CEO of The Club (3rd from right) at the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Sponsor Announcement media event earlier today to welcome the return HKT and FWD as Title and Platinum Sponsor respectively for the third consecutive season.

Newly formed boy band MIRROR performed live in front of special guests and fans at the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Sponsor Announcement media event earlier today, which welcomed back HKT and FWD as Title and Platinum Sponsor respectively for the third consecutive season.

Win a trip to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship Finale in NY

Buy your Hong Kong E-Prix tickets between now and 8 February at ticketflap.com/hkformulae to stand a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime trip! Tell us in less than 12 words at the end of the ticket purchase procedure why you should be selected for this amazing prize and you could win two direct economy return flights, three nights’ accommodation, two Grandstand tickets to the 2019 New York City E-Prix on 14 July and VIP laps in a BMW i car.

 

Driven to Participate – Let’s Race around Hong Kong! See you @ Happy Wednesday, Dec 12

For fans who simply cannot wait till HK E-Prix next year, come join us for the “Race Around Hong Kong” to compete on the virtual Harbourfront street circuit! Beat the records set by Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver Ho-Pin Tung and local celebrity Jason Chan 陳智燊. The overall champion of all stops will be able to enjoy the ultimate VIP experience and a chance to battle with a Formula E driver at the Gaming Arena on the race day!

 

Join us at our first stop at Happy Wednesday on December 12 for some racing action, live music, good food and more! Register at https://goo.gl/dT2hBv to receive free admission and a HK$ 50 food coupon. See you there!

 

#ABBFormulaE #HappyWednesdayHK #GoRacingHK #sidewayshongkong

 

Press conference of FIA Formula E 2019 Hong Kong at Conrad Hong Kong, Admiralty, Hong Kong, on 28 November 2018, Hong Kong SAR, China. Photo by : Ike Li / Ike Images