The GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) received eight racecars and around 99 tonnes of race-car components for the inaugural edition of the Hyderabad E-Prix, to be held on 11 February.
The first consignment of auto components for the race arrived at the cargo terminal of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad by charter flight, Boeing 747-400 at late night on Wednesday, 1 February, from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, according to a statement from the GHAC.
The cargo is said to consist of 83 boxes of auto components, which were offloaded from the aircraft for transfer to the race venue.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) CEO Pradeep Panicker said, “Hyderabad Airport is proud to play an integral part in providing an end-to-end seamless air cargo movement for the first-ever Formula E Championship in the country”.
#HyderabadEPrix: 8 gen-3 racing cars arrived in #Hyderabad's @RGIAHyd on the night of 1 Feb. Weighing around 99 tonnes, the cargo consisted of 83 boxes and is being kept at GHAC terminal. The @FIAFormulaE race is on 11 Feb. #FormulaE @TheSouthfirst pic.twitter.com/5lVGifAUVK
— Ajay Tomar (@ajaytomarasks) February 2, 2023
Formula E is the first FIA world championship-status event to take place in India since the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix in 2013.
The Hyderabad E-Prix will be the fourth round of the ninth season of the Formula E championship. A total of 11 teams with 22 cars will participate in the Hyderabad Formula E race at India’s first street circuit.
Related: As ticket sales for E-Prix begin, a look at the details of buying
FIA president expected to attend
Mohammad Bin Sulayem, president of the world governing body for four-wheel racing FIA, is expected to attend the event in Hyderabad.
The seven-month world championship, with 16 races, kicked off on 14 January in Mexico City (Mexico) and will finish in London (England) on 30 July.
Some of the prominent teams at the Hyderabad E-Prix event are McLaren, Maserati, Mahindra, Jaguar, Nissan, and Porsche.
The Telangana government, along with the private firm Ace Nxt Gen, has decided to live-stream the event on big screens across the city.
“The dream of hosting a Formula E racing event in an Indian city will be a reality soon. Proud that Hyderabad and Telangana got the opportunity to beat other prominent world cities. It’s an achievement for the country,” Telangana IT and Industries Minister KTR said on an earlier occasion.