Formula E will make history this weekend, becoming the first international motorsport to race in New York City. The Qualcomm New York City ePrix will take place at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal this Saturday and Sunday.
“I think it’s something special because we try to bring racing to where people are,” Formula E driver Daniel Abt said in studio on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I think it’s going to be a great show for sure. To race in New York, it’s a dream come true. I can’t wait to see (the course) and race here.”
Abt has driven as fast as 220 kilometers (136 miles) per hour while driving on street courses in e-cars.
“The basics of racing or driving is not too different,” Abt said, comparing electric cars to traditional racing. “It’s still a race car. It handles more or less the same. Of course with an electric engine, you have an instant torque, so the way you apply the throttle kind of changes a bit. You have to be a bit more sensitive. And then what also comes into play is energy management because we have a certain amount of battery, and if we go flat out all the time, we will not finish the race. They try to bring that in as a strategy element, so we kind of have to save energy at some points in the race, and that just creates different types of strategies and good overtakings and really fun racing.”
Abt, 24, grew up in a racing family in Germany. He has gone as fast as 340 kilometers (211 miles) per hour on the autobahn.
“We have a very long part where you have no speed limit at all, so you just go flat out all the time,” Abt said. “If you do 211, you have to have a straight line. If there’s a corner, it might get a bit tricky. The autobahn has corners, but with the cars we have, with the roads we have, you can still go pretty damn fast.”