Rome to host 'green' Grand Prix in 2014

The Formula E world championship is being backed by McLaren, which is supplying cars powered exclusively by electric energy.

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THE STREETS OF Rome will be the backdrop for a race in the new Formula E world championship in 2014, it was announced on Saturday.

The series is being backed by McLaren which is supplying cars powered exclusively by electric energy.

The Formula E championship has the full support of motor racing’s governing body the FIA.

FIA president Jean Todt said: “It gives me great pleasure to be in Rome for this exciting announcement that the eternal city has expressed its firm interest to host a race in the Formula E 2014 championship calendar.

“The contrast between this innovative motorsport series and the rich ancient history of Rome is one I am sure the public and the media will be intrigued and enriched by.”

Rome is the second city in the world to welcome the FIA Formula E Championship following Rio di Janeiro’s announcement in August this year.

In total, the 2014 inaugural Championship will feature 10 urban races.

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