Electric race cars are coming to Red Hook

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RED HOOK, Brooklyn -- The city of New York is ready to wave the checkered flag for Formula E racing.

The Mayor's office and Economic Development Corporation have announced a partnership with the NYC ePrix. It is set to be held sometime in July 2017.

Private funding will cover the event and even take care of some of the street and parking lot improvements that are planned.

It will be held at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.

The race is part of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric racing series, which is entering its third season.

A city news release says the double-header in mid-July will be the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel race to take place within the five boroughs of New York City.

Preliminary plans for the 1.21mile track will feature 13 turns and will wind its way around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The course will be entirely off-street, ensuring safety and minimizing disruption for the surrounding community.