Formula E roughs up London's East End. Details matter.

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IN THE SPIRIT OF BOD AND JENKS

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Details matter.

Formula E 2021 London finish

Formula E returned to London this summer but ExCeL presented surface problems due to its indoor section. A polished concrete slab offered little grip so it was left to London-based track designer Simon Gibbons to find a solution. “We took off 21⁄2mm of the surface, put down an agent that bonded to the concrete and distributed emery, which sank into this adhesive,” says race director Oli McCrudden. “Then we had a polymer coating over the top.” As we found, it felt like sandpaper and had more grip than outside. For our ePrix report go to page 114.