The top five reasons American race fans should come to Formula E's Southwire Portland E-Prix

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The top five reasons American race fans should come to Formula E's Southwire Portland E-Prix

Motorsport has never been more popular in America, so it's no surprise that new fans are looking to expand their horizons and try out new forms of racing. Formula E, the premiere form of electric racing, is heading to Portland, Oregon for the first time. That means this is the perfect time for new American fans to see what this series is all about — and we're here to help.


1. The next step in Formula E's American history

With just one exception, Formula E has raced in America every single season since it first took to the track in 2014, and Portland represents the latest venue in the series' storied American history.

From Miami to Long Beach to New York City, Formula E has introduced professional electric racing to all corners of the country. By heading to eco-friendly Portland, the series has a chance to continue defining its American legacy by introducing a whole new set of potential fans to the sport's ethos of sustainable electrification. The fans present at this first race at a new venue will play a crucial role in Formula E's continued growth in the United States.


2. It's affordable!

One of the biggest drawbacks to watching professional international motorsport in person are the ticket prices, but Formula E has excelled at making its ePrix easy and affordable to attend. Tickets start at $35 for grandstand seating, while parking passes are just $25 per car. Children under two years old are offered free entry, and anyone aged 3-15 will be eligible for half-price tickets.

TICKETS: Get your seats sorted for the Southwire Portland E-Prix, 24 June

That makes the Southwire Portland E-Prix more affordable than other races hosted at the track, and better value than many other racing series in the United States. There aren't many better ways to spend a Saturday for under $100.

3. Fan — and family — friendly

Formula E strives to create an unmatched fan experience, and you'll find that in spades in Portland. In just one day, you'll be able to watch practice, qualifying, a race, and the podium celebration, which takes place in the Allianz Fan Village for all to watch. Plus, you can line up for autographs from and get the chance to meet your favorite drivers, test your skills on a racing simulator, and enjoy a sampling of the best of Portland's fine local cuisine.


And yes, the E-Prix is family friendly, too. Formula E's electric powertrains mean you won't have to worry about hearing protection while the cars are on-track, and there will be plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep your young ones entertained during any downtime on-track with incredible entertainment, music and special guests.

4. A new generation of our electric future

This year marks the first iteration of GEN3, Formula E's latest set of technical and sporting regulations. The cars are faster, lighter, more powerful, more efficient, and more sustainable than ever before thanks to the championship's endless push to develop EV technology.

Motorsport has historically served as a test bed for new technologies, and in 2023, Formula E's GEN3 car has pushed the boundaries of development to a new level. By implementing more powerful batteries, recycled carbon fiber, and natural rubber, the marques taking part in the championship — Maserati, Nissan, Jaguar, Porsche, DS, NIO, CUPRA, McLaren, and Mahindra — all have a head start when it comes to developing their next electric road-going machine.


5. There's no better racing

The number one thing fans want from motorsport is action, and Formula E can guarantee excitement in spades. Heading to Portland, a mere six points separate the top three drivers in the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship — and there are still five races left on the calendar - plenty of time for everything to change at the top of the Teams' and Drivers' tables.

This season, we've seen seven different winners from six different teams, and each race has been packed with wild overtakes, unique energy management strategies, and more than a few shunts. Fans heading to Portland will have a chance to follow the action as it takes place, and at this crucial late stage in the season, there's a great chance you'll witness some championship-defining moments.