City Grand Prix is electric idea

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MILTON Keynes is set to be the first place in the world to hold a Monaco-style Grand Prix – with electric cars.

And the prospect of performing pollution-free laps around city grid roads could even attract internationally-famed drivers to take part.

The electric circuit is the brainchild of council finance boss Councillor Sam Crooks.

Powered by the launch of the city’s first electric car plug-in point last week, he is convinced such carbonless capers would put Milton Keynes on the map.

“It is only right that the first electric grand prix should be here,” he said.

“One of our unique selling points is our commitment to low carbon economies. We also have a grid road system that is perfect for such a race.

“We have been at the centre of transport for 1,000 years, since the Old Watling Street was built. And we are also on the way to becoming an international sports city.

“We have the stadium:mk, the National Badminton Centre and we are part of the Tour of Britain cycling event.

“Now we are ready to make a name for ourselves as the electric car racing capital.”

Mr Crooks has discussed the idea with MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman.

He was so impressed he promptly offered the use of stadium:mk as a start or finishing point.

Now Mr Crooks is planning to approach Renault-Nissan, which already has an agreement with the council to bring more electric cars to the city.

Under the agreement, Milton Keynes Council will install 430 charging points in a mixture of public and private locations, plus up to 2,000 points in homes. Finally Mr Crooks will meet the world beating city-based Red Bull racing team to seek out some professional razzmatazz for the grand prix.

“It would be wonderful if Red Bull could provide some top names,” he said.

He is hoping the race could be up and running by next year.

> MK leading the charge to introduce electric cars – see page 6.