Today we are pleased to present to you a brand-new laser scanned circuit to add to our ever expanding Formula E content within rFactor 2 – the Diriyah E-Prix Circuit.
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Diriyah E-Prix joins the four currently available official Formula E circuits within rFactor 2, offering players the opportunity to yet further enhance their virtual experience of racing in the world’s premier electric single-seater category.
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The Diriyah E-Prix layout is a challenging 2.459 km round the houses track held on the streets of Ad Diriyah, a short distance from the centre of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia. Having achieved the honour of hosting the very first Formula E race in the Middle East when making its debut on the calendar for the 2018-19 season, the circuit has born witness to some exciting moments in the history of the pioneering electric racing series. With a 10-year contract to host Formula E only two years in, the Diriyah E-Prix looks set to form part of the calendar backbone of the championship for a long time to come.
Like all street circuits, Diriyah is a tight and twisty venue. Comprising 21 corners and an average lap time in a Gen2 Formula E car of around 1 minute and 15 seconds. What makes this track particularly interesting is the high volume of long radius corners followed by blind apex turns, together with two long and wide straights that generally opens up more than a fair share of overtaking opportunities for anyone brave enough to give it a try – something we think our rFactor 2 community will very much enjoy!
Diriyah is a little different to the usual Formula E venue, in that predominantly the circuit is located within a desert location that features some beautiful and typically Arabic architecture around the course, really bringing the culture of the region into the heart of the racing experience.
Thanks to the large working area available to the event organizers, the Diriyah E-Prix layout has been designed to maximize opportunities for drivers to dice wheel-to-wheel in their Formula E cars, presenting significant overtaking opportunities off the back of the two main straights – meaning racing is often fast and frantic and not for the faint of heart. Whilst overtaking opportunities have been well thought through by the event organizers, the circuit layout itself is also one packed full of exciting challenges for the drivers to overcome. Many high speed changes of direction will place an emphasis on a finely balanced car, however driver bravery and the ability to maximize corner entry speed around the often blind turns of the circuit are critical to putting together the perfect lap, as is a strategic use of the Formula E exclusive Attack Zone, located in a difficult part of the circuit and perilously close to the ever inviting walls…