Formula E Powering Up the Big Apple
New York City at full throttle: This is only possible at the FIA electric racing series.
The third season of FIA Formula E rolls into the home straight with squeaking tires. Following thrilling races in Asia, Africa as well as Central and South America, the last months' four races took place in Europe. In New York, the penultimate double header race of the season was now on the agenda, taking place in front of a unique backdrop. It was also the first to be held in North America. At the harbor in Brooklyn, in the creative and industrial Red Hook district, the FIA realized its dream. That was something that many racing series have attempted and failed to do: organizing a city race in one of the most buzzing metropolises of the world. The event organizers constructed a temporary race track around the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. This track, which is 1.953 km long, not only provides a challenge for drivers and their vehicles, but also offers the audience a spectacular view of the breathtaking skyline of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and the East River. New York's Mayor, Bill de Blasio, is focusing on growing and promoting sustainable technology with a view to encouraging economic development in his city. This makes the environmentally friendly Formula E, which is operated using electricity alone and produces zero pollution, a natural poster child for the biggest city in the USA.
The weekend didn't exactly go seamlessly for ZF's partner Venturi. In the first race on Saturday, Maro Engel came up against technical problems in the qualifying run, heading into the race proper from the last starting position, and didn't finish the race either. However, he did achieve the fastest lap of the race, which earned him a valuable championship point. In contrast, his teammate Tom Dillmann secured the 13th place, but came seventh in Sunday's race. Engel narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Superpole for the best five drivers: He took sixth place in the qualifying run on Sunday, before he had to give up during the race proper due to a blameless collision. In two weeks, the Formula E circuit will take its season finale to Montreal. The fourth season will begin early in December in Hong Kong. Venturi will take to the starting line equipped with a completely new transmission developed by ZF.