The first-ever Formula E race in New York City will take place with Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty as its dramatic backdrop next July.
The New York City ePrix double-header in Red Hook, Brooklyn – scheduled to take place in ‘mid-July’ according to organisers – will be the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel event to be held within the five boroughs in modern history.
The circuit, which remains subject to FIA track homologation, features 13 turns and will wind its way around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
“To race in New York City is a historic moment – not only for Formula E, but for motorsport in general,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
“When we originally started the project we could only dream of bringing Formula E to a place like New York, with arguably the most recognizable skyline of any city in the world. I’d like to thank everyone involved in helping bring Formula E to New York for many years to come.”
Todt: An “amazing achievement”
FIA president Jean Todt said: “Just being able to bring a motor race to the heart of a great city like New York is already an amazing achievement in itself.
“I am really pleased that this city is going to feature on the calendar of an FIA championship, especially Formula E, which provides the best possible combination of the two pillars that form the basis of the Federation, namely sport and mobility.
“Formula E brings motorsport to the heart of the most important and fascinating cities in the world – New York joins a list that includes, among others, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Paris, Marrakesh and Montreal, proving just how vibrant and attractive this series has become, even though it is about to embark on what is only its third season.”
Reacting to the news of the new venue, reigning series champion Sebastien Buemi said: “New York is one of the world's great cities. I think it will be an amazing event, particularly with that backdrop!
“I can't wait to race there – I expect it's going to be one of the most spectacular tracks we have been to so far. Formula E is always pushing the boundaries with where we go and, along with Hong Kong, Paris and Berlin, we can genuinely say we have the most exciting calendar ever seen in motorsport.”
Abt driver Lucas di Grassi added: “Just imagine seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline from the pitlane! It will also be a sporting highlight as the track has a mix of fast sections, hairpin bends and a narrow infield directly on the waterfront.”