Circuit type: Temporary street course
Over the years numerous attempts have been made to host street racing in New York, with multiple Formula 1 and Indycar street circuits mooted but never coming to fruition. Finally, 2017 will see the dream become a reality, when Formula E hosts its first event in the city, with the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty as impressive backdrops.
The New York ePrix will take place in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on a circuit built on the streets and parking lots next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The original 13-corner, 1.214-mile circuit was refined into the final layout, laid out over 10 turns and 1.210 km. This hosts a double-header event on July 15 and 16, 2017.
"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."
The circuit has also received an initial thumbs up from drivers Sebastian Buemi and Lucas di Grassi when the project was announced - though ironically neither are likely to be present unless a clashing date with the FIA WEC race at the Nürburgring can be resolved.
Reacting to the news of the new venue, 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 expect it's going to be one of the most spectacular tracks we have been to so far."
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."
The New York ePrix Circuit is located in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, New York. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia Airport (LGA), and Newark International Airport (ERW) are the closest airports, all with good transport links to the city.
The circuit is located next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which is close to the Battery Tunnel (I-478-E) and the intersection with the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278-W) at Exit 26.
As with most Formula E events, public transport is expected to feature prominently for race goers. Take the F train to Smith/9th Street Train station and change for the B77 Bus. Get off bus at Conover Street and Dikeman Street. The walk is then approximately 6 long blocks to the terminal entrance.
Alternatively take the 2/3/4/5/N/R subway train to Borough Hall and change for B61 bus which is on Atlantic Avenue (at Court Street). You must walk four blocks south of the train station to access the bus stop. Get off bus at Pioneer Street and Van Brunt Street. The walk is then approximately 4 long blocks to the terminal entrance at Pioneer and Conover streets.