Formula E was back in Manhattan to open New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). It was the first time the official championship car will ran on the roads of Manhattan ahead of the Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix on July 14 & 15. It was also the first time since DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird had a double victory in New York City. The Jaguar Racing driver, Nelson Piquet Jr., led the electric vehicle parade in Formula E car to launch NYIAS 2018.
What is Formula E?
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series. Drivers of the Formula E racing series are only allowed to race electric cars to qualify. The series was conceptualized in 2011 but the inaugural championship was in 2014. It started in Beijing on September 13, 2014. It consisted of ten Formula E teams and 20 drivers racing in 10 cities over five continents. Since then the Formula E racing series has flourished.
During the event the fully-electric Formula E car led a fleet of electric vehicles along 11th Ave. to the Javits Center on the west side of New York with season one champion and Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Nelson Piquet Jr. behind the wheel. It ran parallel to the Hudson River with the backdrop of Midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building.
The parade also featured the Jaguar brand’s first all-electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV. Per Jaguar, the I-PACE will arrive at retailers later in the year. A modified race-ready version is set to make its debut in a new all-electric support series alongside races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season – titled the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.
When is the Official ABB FIA Formula E Championship?
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be returning to Red Hook in Brooklyn for the second time on July 14th and 15th. Per Formula E’s press announcement the cars will navigate a slightly different route this year with an extension to the track in a bid to cater to the next generation of faster and more efficient cars next season, together with adding further overtaking opportunities. Furthermore, instead of taking the sharp hairpin at Turn 6 the drivers will now tackle a left-right complex at the North end of the circuit – adding four extra corners and lengthening the track to 1.52-miles (2.45-km).
Where do I get Tickets?
Tickets for the season finale of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York go on sale next week on April 3. Grandstand tickets are priced at $85 per day or $150 for a combined weekend ticket. Children aged 12 and under can enter for free and students can watch all the action from $55 per day or $95 for both races. Tickets go on sale April 3, click here for more information. For more information and to buy tickets for the remaining races, visit – www.FIAFormulaE.com