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Brooklyn hosting NYC's first Formula E championship race

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Toni Yates has more from Red Hook as Brooklyn hosts NYC's first Formula E championship race. (HARMAN/Grant Ellis)

After more than a century, motor sports are making a New York City comeback. It was a sight to behold in Brooklyn on Saturday as Formula-style electric race cars zoomed through Red Hook as thousands of spectators were there to witness the super-charged event.

The 1.2 mile race course winds around Pier 11 at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Every single race car was electric - Formula E, which means low noise.

"If it was Formula One, it would be too loud, and we could not do it. These cars go 140mph and we can have a regular conversation," says Formula E Advisor Mike Hooper.

The two-day event is expected to attract up to 15,000 visitors on both days.

"I love to see things go fast, drivers jockey for position," says Harrisburg resident Jeremy Hilliker.

12-year-old Jovani Williams might be dreaming of his turn behind a Formula E wheel - he is ranked third in New York State for go-cart racing in cars that go 75 miles-per-hour.

"They're really cool, but they don't make a lot of sound. I'm not used to it," says Williams.

It took a few years to sell the city on racing - you can consider this event, Formula E's proving ground. The city decided to host the race because it is considered eco-friendly, with no noise or air pollution.

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