Mustang to host Formula E Championship; It’s a first for Nepal

  • November 12, 2019

Nepal Tourism Board is gearing up to host Formula E Racing in Larjung of Mustang in May, 2021. This is the first time Nepal will be hosting any Formula 1 event.

Like Formula 1, Formula E is a racing championship with single-seater, open cockpit cars, but the vehicles are entirely battery-powered. According to Samrat Gauchan, central committee member of National Youth Federation Nepal, the Formula E race to be hosted in Mustang aims at raising awareness about global warming and it’s impacts.

A team of representatives from Formula E along with the representatives from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) had reached Larjung of Mustang to survey the area. Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, was accompanied by Formula E’s founder and chief executive, Alejandro Agag, when the duo officially announced the event. The team from NTB included Prem Prasad Tulachan, HoR members, Agag and Bhattarai.

Formula E was launched in 2014 as the world’s only single-seater electric car race series.

Though the event was initially supposed to be held in Bhutan, Nepal bagged the opportunity after Minister Bhattarai, when he was in London, invited Agag to visit Nepal. Details of the event, however, have yet to be finalized, as per Gauchan. He added that several prominent Hollywood stars are expected to grace the event. The race will cover a total of 12-km circuit.

CEO at NTB, Deepak Raj Joshi, has informed that as many as 12 teams from across the globe will join the race. Such events are a sure shot way to bring Nepali scenic landscapes to the world’s eyes while also promoting extreme sports in Nepal.