80 SEPTEMBER 2017
FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
Where others have tried, Formula E finally
succeeded in staging a race weekend
with the New York City skyline as the
backdrop. July was a breakout month for
the series. Is it nearing critical mass now?
oes it get any better than this for
Formula E? Three new manufacturers
pledging their troth and a title battle only
settled in the finale would be enough to
make any series smug. But the piece
de resistance was a successful, season-ending swing though North America.
In recent years, various championships
had pledged to stage a race in New York
City, but Formula E became the first to
actually do it. With Lady Liberty to one
side, and the southern tip of Manhattan
rising as the backdrop, the Brooklyn
Cruise Terminal in the Red Hook
neighborhood ticked almost all the boxes:
hip, easy to get to, no street closures, and
room for all the necessary amenities.
The only criticism to be heard centered
on the track itself, specifically the width,
or lack thereof. To say it was tight in
places would be an understatement,
so the racing was a bit processional.
But before any wheels turned in anger,
series officials had begun contemplating
Dmodifications for next year to address
the issue. No one in the paddock
seemed bothered by it. Like Monaco, the
venue overcame the drawbacks.
A scan of the pre- and post-race press
coverage shows that the event received
a surfeit of attention from mainstream
outlets, to tech blogs, to lifestyle and
WORDS George Tamayo
MAIN IMAGE Alastair Staley/LAT/Formula E
Spotted in Montreal, model Kate Upton
was just one of the celebrities attending
Formula E’s North American swing.
ATTRACTING THE A-LIST
(MAIN) “If you can make it there, you can
make it anywhere...” Formula E hits NYC.
(TOP, left to right) Montreal’s track was
deemed perfect for the all-electric series;
Michael Andretti announced his team
would field BMW’s entry to Formula E.