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Video: Formula E publishes virtual onboard lap on the new Tokyo race track

Timo Pape

Timo Pape

Formula E has given a first glimpse of its future race track in Tokyo. In a simulator video that the electric series published on its social media channels on Thursday, fans can get a first impression of the new street circuit in the Japanese capital.

For the first time, Formula E will hold a race in Japan on Easter weekend - 30 March 2024. The venue will be the capital Tokyo. Here, Formula E will race on a street circuit typical of the series, the layout of which was made public at the end of October.

The approximately 2.5-kilometre-long course leads past the large exhibition centre and Tokyo's harbour promenade. The video embedded below gives Formula E fans their first impression of what the track will feel like for the drivers.

"Technical" start, followed by fast corners

After a tight left-right combination, the track level drops slightly before an extremely twisty and technical section. This is followed by the first longer full-throttle section with a fast right-hand bend. Here, it will be important for the drivers to get as close as possible - but not too close - to the wall at the exit of the corner in order to gain plenty of momentum for the following straight.

One of the best overtaking opportunities could be waiting at the end of the straight. A chicane is followed by two more fast corners before there are some more elevation changes towards the end of the lap. A left-hand bend leads back onto the start and finish straight. If the simulation is to be believed, the lap times could be in the region of 1:12 minutes.

We expect a race with a lower number of overtaking manoeuvres - possibly comparable to the Mexico City E-Prix. In terms of driving, the track in Tokyo is likely to present the drivers with some challenges. Qualifying could therefore take on a central role.

Before the premiere in Japan, however, the Sao Paulo E-Prix is still on the agenda for Formula E. The race in Brazil takes place on 16 March.

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