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We got the chance to hop in the passenger seat of a BMW i3 at the FIA Formula E Long Beach ePrix and take a lap of the famous city circuit. Even though it wasn't a hot lap, it was great to see the track from the driver's viewpoint.

The Long Beach ePrix circuit does not use the same layout as the TUDOR Championship, they use a shortened version instead. Here is the official Formula E track description:

The track uses a modified configuration of the iconic Long Beach street circuit in South California, which is the longest running in the US, beginning in 1975 and hosting Formula One from 1976 to 1983 before staging annual CART, Champ Car and IndyCar races. At 2.1km and featuring seven turns, the Formula E cars will use the same iconic start/finish line adjacent to the Marina before heading off in a clockwise direction past the Rainbow Lagoon. They will then turn right onto South Pine Avenue before re-joining with the more familiar track configuration. The cars will then pass around the grounds of the Convention Centre before a final right-hand hairpin brings them back across the start/finish line to complete the lap.

The track may be short, but with a good combination of wide, high speed straights and slow, tight corners, there are plenty of opportunities for passing.—Nate Risch