Battery-powered cars that can reach 140 mph in 3 seconds set for NYC debut
Electric cars that can reach speeds of 140 mph in less than 3 seconds arrived by boat in Brooklyn Wednesday—in large crates—as officials unveiled the track for the city's first Formula E races this weekend.
Free tickets are being distributed for events Saturday and Sunday at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, where a 1.2-mile temporary track has been created entirely off-street using the terminal and Pier 11.
The double-header, named the New York City ePrix, will be the first sanctioned open-wheel race in the modern history of the city, according to the city Economic Development Corp., which sent President James Patchett for a ribbon-cutting in the blazing sun Wednesday morning.
Alejandro Agan, founder and CEO of Formula E, said in a statement that he is "sure" the event "will be an amazing spectacle for years to come." Whether the race will be held on an annual basis depends on how successful it is.
The city, which has been working with Formula E for four years on hosting the series, signed a 1-year deal to lease the city-owned site to the racing organization. It is renewable annually at the city's option for up to 10 years. A Formula E spokesman declined to say what it is paying, as did an EDC spokesman, citing the potential impact on future negotiations for city land.
The FIA Formula E Championship is the first fully electric single-seater racing series and is also held in Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, Berlin and Montreal. The Red Hook course will be dismantled after the race, but the new pavement, paid for by Formula E, will remain.