Formula E in Brooklyn This Weekend

McLaren was proud to partner with Formula E Racing to help bring a world class sporting facility and racetrack to Brooklyn this weekend! Several of our divisions including Civil, Marine, and Survey worked together to make this project possible.

The challenge? Converting a cruise-line terminal into a race course with room for as many as 20,000 spectators!

This New York Times article "An Unlikely Race Course on the Red Hook Waterfront" states; As for Red Hook’s transformation, the challenge was to create a 1.21-mile course that winds around Pier 11, alongside the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The idea was to minimize disruption to the pier and the terminal. Nearly 50 cruise ships operate out of the terminal each year. According to Mr. Agag, Formula E spent upward of $20 million transforming the area. McLaren Engineering Group was charged with converting the site into a circuit. The effort required installing both temporary and permanent structures, including grandstands, new pavement, security walls, platforms and sidewalks. Bus canopies, sections of curb and pedestrian crosswalks had to be removed because they protruded into the course. “The first thing Formula E did was come up with the track layout,” said Steven Grogg, senior vice president of McLaren. The route was largely in place already. “There were some minor changes to the track to minimize the impact on the cruise ship facilities.”