Formula E: Could NYC be the start of something big?

Source: Digital Trends

This season Formula E will head to New York for the very first time. We look at the challenges teams and drivers could face as they twist their way around The Big Apple and the potential for the series as a whole.

The brand-new Brooklyn Street Circuit is 1.21m in length and features 13 turns. The tight and twisty circuit will take the drivers past some familiar sights, including the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

The circuit consists of two long straights but many of the circuit’s 13 corners require a slower speed, challenging the drivers, and testing the downforce of their cars.

Heading to New York shows that Formula E is expanding into new territories and is trying to attract a larger audience. North America has always been challenging when it comes to attracting larger numbers, as NASCAR and IndyCar dominates the Motorsport stage but with Formula 1 proving popular in Texas. Formula E has ventured to the big apple to demonstrate that electric power can be just as thrilling.

The New York ePrix is gracing the calendar in the form of a double-headed event. The first race will be on the 15th of July with the second race on the following day.

New York will host the 9th and 10th round of the Championship and the drivers will have to cope with a brand-new track that could level the playing field.

Sebastien Buemi has dominated the opening rounds, winning three out of the four races for the Renault e.Dams team. The Swiss driver currently leads the Championship by five points but the tables could be turned by the time Formula E heads to The Big Apple this July.

Buemi’s difficult race in Mexico has opened the door for the rest of the field after finishing in 14th place, albeit setting the fastest lap showing there is obvious pace in the car.

It will be exciting to see not only how the drivers deal with the demands of a New York street circuit, but also whether the fans will enjoy the race.

If the reception is good, it could open the window for more races in North America, which could prove pivotal to Formula E and the expansion of the series.