This weekend’s decisive New York City E-Prix double-header will feature slight changes to the layout of the Brooklyn circuit.
Several changes have been made to the track since last July’s Season Four finale, including a different location for the pit lane and start line.
The first corner will now be the former Turn 6, while the old Turn 1 now officially becomes Turn 10, and has been made wider to slightly decrease the lap distance by 50 meters, bringing the official length in at 1.44 miles.
These decisions are believed to have been taken to relocate Formula E’s hospitality areas and to allow extra logistical maneuvering to make room for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY paddock.
The chicane has also been reprofiled and returns to the same configuration used at the inaugural event in 2017.
Last year, the Brooklyn Street Circuit was lengthened to 1.52 miles and extended to include sections of Summit Street and Hamilton Avenue.
A four-turn complex was also added for the 2018 race, featuring a left-hander and three right-handed corners leading onto the second straight.
NIO driver Tom Dillmann says that the changes to the newly designated Turn 10 should increase overtaking opportunities.
“The turn is much wider on entry which should help overtaking in the races,” he told e-racing365.
“The time keeping line having been moved to a more normal place will also remove the fact you had to take the final corner in qualifying in a different way to start and finish the lap for a good exit and good entry.”
Lap times in and around the 1:10/1:11 bracket at the full 250 kW qualifying power levels are anticipated this weekend depending on weather and track conditions.