Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing series, with races around the world, from Monaco to Montreal, Beijing to Brooklyn, and it’s been growing in popularity with more teams and more excitement each season.
The NYC ePrix is at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal this weekend, July 14th and 15th, with open-wheel racecars including from Panasonic, Jaguar, Audi, Andretti and Venturi, which has been building rocket-shaped electric vehicles to win the world land speed record.
This is the season’s grand finale championship race, so it should be extra exciting.
If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, don’t delay, since last year was a sell-out.
If you did not attend last year, this is what you missed, and what you can can expect to see this year.
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Click here to read about all the racecars and their drivers. To answer your question – no – Tesla is not competing.
The 1.21 mile circuit features 13 turns, at speeds of 100mph or more, with the Statue of Liberty and the skyline of Lower Manhattan as a backdrop.
Unlike conventional races in gas-powered vehicles, like the Indy 500, Formula E drivers race a couple of laps and then change vehicles for another few laps, and best times win.
Changing vehicles is necessary because at such constant high speed, electric batteries drain sooner than a conventional electric family car driven at conventional road speeds.
Racetrack technology will be in your driveway one day
As with conventional Formula and Nascar races in gas-powered vehicles, including Formula 1 racing, what is learned on the track often trickles down into our driveways.
With Formula E, the focus is on new battery technologies that will let our plug-in family cars go faster and further between charges.
There have been enough advances in the five seasons of Formula E racing that next year drivers will not need to change vehicles mid-race. Next year, Formula E vehicles will have enough battery power to complete the curcuit in the same vehicle.
NYC ePrix is family-friendly
The NYC ePrix also has family-friendly events, including the opportunity to meet drivers, exhibits where kids can see tomorrow’s technology, and an area where grown-ups can test drive EV cars, although not the racecars.
Here’s what’s on track in the Allianz E-Village:
- The latest electric & hybrid vehicles in the Drive Zone
- The chance to compete against the Formula E drivers within the Gaming Zone
- Attend the autograph session and meet your favourite drivers before the race
- Enjoy live music in the Stage Zone
- Sample a range of authentic local food and drink in the Taste Zone
Single day tickets for this history-making event are $85 for adults, $55 for students, and this year, admission is FREE for children age 5-15 (not recommended for children under 5).
A weekend pass for both days is $150 for adults and $95 for students.
Get tickets now directly from FIA Formula E before they sell out.
Formula E racecar image courtesy Formula E
See the track layout and history of the FIA Formula E racing series on the next page