Formula E to host electric racing event at Red Hook in July

The Formula E World Championship returns to Red Hook this summer for the 2021 NYC ePrix.

Dennis Schneidler – USA TODAY Sports

A quiet array of electric racing cars will descend on Red Hook this summer, as the International Automobile Federation and Formula E announced Thursday morning that the nabe will host a double-header racing event for the fourth time since 2017 at the during the month of July. 10 and 11.

Formula E is a single-seater motorsport championship that resembles Formula 1 cars, but uses all-electric motors. Now in its seventh season, the fastest growing motorsport was recently granted world championship status by the FIA.

The races will take place on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn, adjacent to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, along the borough’s west coast, where the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty provide a stunning backdrop.

New York will host Formula E’s 10th and 11th rounds of a 15-round season – which was released in full on Thursday – which has already featured races in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and Rome, Italy.

The championships will take place in Valencia, Spain, from April 24-25, as well as Monaco and Puebla, Mexico, before heading to the United States.

New York did not host Formula E last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a huge achievement for everyone to publish the full calendar for this season,” said Formula E co-founder and championship director Alberto Longo. “The calendar features the most races we have staged in a season and shows our continued commitment to creating a dynamic calendar that fans and audiences around the world will follow. Four duplicate events in Puebla, New York, London and Berlin will set the scene perfectly to crown Formula E’s first official FIA World Champion.”

While Formula E has an extremely international feel similar to Formula 1, there is a strong American influence to appeal to the local crowd in Brooklyn.

Two of the 12 teams – BMW i Andretti Motorsport and Dragon/Penske Autosport – are owned by Americans.

Fans will also see two of motorsport’s most legendary names in their first seasons in Formula E as Mercedes and Porsche race on American soil for the first time in the competition.

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