Formula E: Accelerate reaches its climax on Thursday March 25 with a grid comprising sim racing's elite tackling the double-points Rome Grand Final for share of a €100,000 prize pool and a real-world Gen2 test drive.
The Rome E-Prix Circuit joins the rFactor 2 roll call this week ahead of the Formula E: Accelerate Grand Final next Thursday (19:00 UTC).
A grid full of 24 of the world's best sim racers representing Formula E's 12 teams have been battling for a share of a €100,000 prize pool and a real-world Gen2 test drive over five rounds, and the series reaches its climax with a double-points Grand Final at the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR amid the Roman District's historic surrounds.
In Round 5, standings leader Erhan Jajovski (ROKiT Venturi Racing) extended his points advantage in to 26 with one round left to race after securing the win at the Electric Docks - setting up a three-way battle between himself, Frederik Rasmussen (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) and Kevin Siggy (BMW i Andretti Motorsport).
The original 21-turn, 2.860 km Rome E-Prix Circuit is among the longest in Formula E history and sees the field dive down the Via Cristoforo Colombo over the start/finish, before winding their way through the beautiful streets around the Obelisco di Marconi, against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo Quadrato.
It's a perfect mix of high speed runs and tight, complex sections and undulations with plenty of opportunities for overtaking at the hairpin and some 90-degree bends - peak Formula E and a big favourite of the real-world drivers.
Those bumps, inclines and decents - and the famous jump - will all require a delicate touch, especially under braking through the pedals. As with any Formula E circuit, full focus is required 100 per cent of the time to thread the needle with the Gen2 car between the always-looming barriers.
Studio 397 has worked flat out to accurately recreate the landmarks and distinguishing features in and around the track, so if you tire of pushing for those final few tenths of a second, take a moment to have a gentle cruise around one of the most picturesque circuits on the Formula E calendar.
Earlier this year, rFactor 2 introduced ATTACK MODE and energy management to the fold to complete the Formula E sim racing experience and the Rome track joins the fold in rFactor 2's Formula E Bundle. The pack now features the Gen1 and Gen 2 cars plus seven circuits - New York City, Monaco, Berlin, Hong Kong, Diriyah, Rome and the fictional Electric Docks - and each track is also available as a standalone download on Steam.
Published on 19th March 2021
For 2021's visit to the Italian capital on April 10 for Round 3 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the circuit has undergone a number of amendments in close collaboration with local authorities.
This work ensures the round’s character is retained, while strengthening Formula E’s legacy in the area by making more space for spectators at future events, bringing local businesses into the fold and carrying out important restoration work.
The Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazzale Marconi remain landmarks and, starting from this year, the circuit will take in the iconic Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, also known as the "Square Coliseum". The entire Ninfeo Park will also form a part of the circuit’s perimeter.