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An Inside Look at the NYC E-Prix Race With Geox Dragon Racing

We view the weekend competition from pit row with one of the founding teams and its title sponsor.

Geox Dragon Racing competing in the 2019 New York City E-Prix. Photo by Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media, courtesy of Geox Dragon Racing.

Over the weekend, hundreds of spectators poured into in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and witnessed smooth turning, electrifying divots and breathtaking designs, all while watching the latest FIA Formula E-Prix race and the seamless teamwork involved. One such partnership on display was between Dragon Racing and Italian brand Geox—and we were invited to see the collaboration in action from pit row.

The 2019 New York City E-Prix.

The 2019 New York City E-Prix.  Photo by Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media, courtesy of Geox Dragon Racing.

Geox, widely known for luxury footwear and outerwear—specializing in patented leather, rubber and fabric materials—boasts breathable and sustainable products. Its focus on sustainability goes hand-in-hand with not only the FIA Formula E racing sanction but Dragon’s own ethos. The team, owned by Penske Autosport, has made advancements in its technology with the Penske EV-3 electric power train. This system includes four main parts—the inverter, motor, transmission and gear box.

José María López behind the wheel of Geox Dragon Racing's No. 7 entry.

José María López behind the wheel of Geox Dragon Racing’s No. 7 entry.  Photo by Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media, courtesy of Geox Dragon Racing.

The propulsion system used also aims for maximum power output by using a battery made by McLaren Advanced Technology, which produces 250 kW of power (equating to 335 hp). Though extremely powerful, the vehicle remains eco-friendly by keeping the emissions at a zero percentage.

The approximately 2,000-pound chassis for the Geox Dragon race cars is a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum. Piloting the entries are seasoned riders Maximilian Günther and José María López who campaign the No. 6 and No. 7 cars, respectively.

Geox Dragon Racing's Maximilian Günther.

Geox Dragon Racing’s Maximilian Günther.  Photo by Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media, courtesy of Geox Dragon Racing.

López brings experience to the team as a three-time World Touring Car Driver’s Champion, while Günther has previously raced in the Formula 2 sanction.

José María López, a three-time World Touring Car Driver’s Champion.

José María López, a three-time World Touring Car Driver’s Champion.  Photo by Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media, courtesy of Geox Dragon Racing.

At this weekend’s double-header, López finished 12th on Saturday with a best lap time of 1:12.135 mins. He fell short during Sunday’s race, as he received a DNF mark signaling that he did not finish the race.

Fine-tuning one of Dragon's Formula E race cars for competition.

Fine-tuning one of Dragon’s Formula E race cars for competition.  Photo by Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media, courtesy of Geox Dragon Racing.

Günther, did not do as well on Saturday as he had hoped for his debut race in New York. He was not able to finish the race due to a depleted battery and received a DNF under his score. He turned it slightly around on Sunday as he finished 19th with a best lap time of 1:12.277 mins.

The top three finishers of Saturday’s event consisted of No. 23 Sébastien Buemi (Nissan E. Dams), No. 20 Mitch Adams (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and No. 28 António Félix Da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport). On Sunday, the podium spots were secured by No. 4 Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), No. 27 Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and No 23 Sébastien Buemi (Nissan E. Dams).

Pit road at the 2019 New York City E-Prix.

Pit road at the 2019 New York City E-Prix.  Photo by Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media, courtesy of Geox Dragon Racing.

Though the Geox Dragon Racing team did not take home the trophy this year in New York City, its history in the sport remains strong as being one of the three founding teams of the FIA Formula E circuit. Since the inception of the sport in 2014, Geox Dragon Racing has secured two international wins in Germany and Mexico, and a runner-up mark at the 2015 Championship over the past five years, keeping it as a viable contender in the races to come.

Follow Shaun Melady on Instagram at @ShaunMelady.

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