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Hungary hoping to plug into Formula E

The head of the Hungarian National Motorsport Association (MNASZ), Gyárfás Oláh will meet with Jean Todt, the head of international motorsport governing body FIA, to discuss bringing the Formula E series to Hungary, reported.

A second generation Formula E car at the "Nagy Futam" event in Budapest. (Photo: Facebook)

Oláh, who is at FIA’s annual conference in Sun City, South Africa, said he had arranged to discuss "the conditions for inclusion on the Formula E race calendar" with the FIA in the coming days.

"We have been working for years to bring the series to Hungary," he added, said.

Formula E is a class of motorsport that uses only electric-powered cars. It was conceived in 2011, with the inaugural race held in Beijing in 2014. The series is sanctioned by the FIA, the same body behind the Formula One World Championship, which has a round at the Hungaroring in Hungary.

Since Formula E races produce very low noise pollution due to the electric cars, events are usually organized in downtown city areas. This year’s calendar features 13 races in 12 cities spread over five continents.

Grand Prix have already been held in Mexico City, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome this year, with races still to come at cities such as Monaco, Berlin, Bern and New York.

On Wednesday this week, Hungarians were able to witness what such a racecar can do, as three-times ABB FIA Formula E race winner Jérôme D’Ambrosio drove a second generation Formula E car in downtown Budapest at the "Nagy Futam" (Great Race) event, ABB told the Budapest Business Journal.

The event featured a range of racecars, motorcycles, and trucks driving around the heart of Budapest, allowing spectators to get a closer look of the vehicles than on regular racetracks. The event was also an opportunity for ABB to present its new DC fast charging technology.

A factory in the town of Vác (32 km north of Budapest) has been one of the manufacturing centers of ABBʼs charger production since 2011.