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Positive charge: Formula E returns to Red Hook for third year

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High speed: Racing fanatics descended on Red Hook for the third annual weekend Formula E at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Pier 11 from July 12-14.
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Track side: (L-R) Storm Field, Richard Alexander, Paul Merlo, and Suzanne Kolker got an up-close view of the race.
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Kansan Will Huxtable helped out as a track marshall
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Onlookers watch the electric race cars whiz by.
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Youngsters get autographs from their favorite racers.
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Cristi Ran and family at the driver autograph signings.
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Rahul Arya and Rohan (L), along with Joe Ben-Zvi and son Julian enjoy the day out.

This race was electric!

A fandom of international speed freaks descended on Red Hook for the neighborhood’s third Formula E event, a weekend-spanning thrill fest and capstone to the world’s premier battery-powered racing championship.

Nearly two dozen drivers from 11 different teams maneuvered their emission-free, whisper-quiet racers through lap after lap of a 1.5 mile track that snaked through the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Pier 11 on Saturday and Sunday.

One out-of-towner traveled from the country’s bucolic Nutmeg State for a chance to take in the high-velocity action as a volunteer track marshall, helping to ensure the event runs smoothly in exchange for the best seats on the track.

“It’s almost like they can go from stand still to full speed in a split-second,” said Desiree Faulkner, who made the trek from Connecticut for the weekend with her husband and a friend. “You can’t get any closer unless you’re a driver.”

The double-bill racing event wraps up Formula E’s 2018/19 season, which saw drivers duke it out at such international locales as Hong Kong, Monaco, Marrakesh, Rome, and Paris.

Driver Robin Frijns of the Netherlands won the final race for Britain’s Envision Virgin Racing team, while Jean-Éric Vergne scored more points and came out on top of the overall championship for China’s DS Techeetah team.

The Frenchman’s victory on Sunday follows his first-place trophy from last year’s event, securing his place as the Formula E’s first two-time winner.

Racers last year had to swap batteries mid race to reach the finish line, but this year utilized cutting-edge storage cells to finish each circuit — which can stretch to as long as 62 miles — on one battery.

And that’s pretty rad, according Faulkner, who said the tech that powers the racers of today’s racers will soon juice the passenger vehicles of tomorrow.

“What happens on racetracks is the testing grounds for what we end up in passenger cars, from safety to battery technology, it’s all initially tested on the race track,” the race marshal said. “It’s the new technology, it’s the future.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Posted 12:00 am, July 18, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

What's the point! says:
Why are we allowing this? Are we promoting racing?, going really fast?, making wild turns? This is not what the race to electric clean emission vehicles is suppose to be about. There is probably no bigger waste of time in Brooklyn than this one. Disruption to an entire community so big sponsors can show off their logos.
July 18, 9:51 am
Digby Van der Planck III says:
Certainly beats the silly parades they have been having with the colorful little quaint flags and all the talk about ‘love’ and ‘acceptance’ LOL
July 18, 7:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Awww, poor liddle Digby wasn't invited to the pride parade and feels left out. :(
July 19, 7:29 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Awww, poor liddle Digby wasn't invited to the pride parade and feels left out. :(
July 19, 7:29 am
Digby Van der Planck III says:
I do say I miss the glitter, glo sticks and angel wings. Dykes on Bykes was also a personal favorite of mine. Alas, I have since matured and don’t feel it is an appropriate environment anymore, rather a hypocritical cult of fascist clones. I hope one day you will become woke my dear fellow. Cheerio!
July 19, 3:39 pm
Jack Clark, from Bensonhurst, says:
I'd rather be in an air conditioned apartment with a cold beer watching TV than out doors in the heat watching a bunch of cars driving around.
July 19, 4:01 pm
Digby Van der Planck III says:
Henry old chap, that is quite a tempting offer. However, I shall be dining this evening with dear old friends from Eton. Do you also enjoy pheasant under glass? Perhaps we can have cigars and brandy afterwards? Send me your email. It would be wonderful to meet a real intelligent New Yorker from the infamous hamlet of Bay Ridge! I feel as though I have known you for years! You are most generous with your offerings!
July 19, 7:53 pm
AKA FecalStain from Kings Bay/Kings Bay says:
Henry Ford must be related to Looney ,Local ,Local, Loser from Here. Same nasty disposition and same foul mouth. They can dish it out but they sure can't take it. A dose of Valium is sure in order.
July 20, 12:55 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
STFU, Fecalstink!
July 20, 2:20 pm
Adam Schiff says:
Henry Ford has the same foul mouth as his role model Rashida Tslob. They have no morals or manners
July 20, 5:19 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
"Adam" is a pu$$y who is afraid to show off his bigotry so he hides behind a false name. GFYS, pu$$y!
July 20, 5:58 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Fecalstink! Don't make me fire up the ovens.
July 20, 9:14 pm

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