Extreme E is a proposed class of auto racing that only uses electric vehicles to race off-road in extremely remote parts of the world using electric SUVs. The series was conceived in 2018, and the inaugural championship is planned for 2021.[1] It is the brainchild of the people behind the Formula E racing series, including Formula E founder Alejandro Agag.[2] The project was launched publicly in January 2019 by Agag and former driver Gil de Ferran on board the Extreme E's future base ship RMS St Helena in London.[3]

Extreme E
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2021
Teams4 announced (12 planned)
Official websiteextreme-e.com
Extreme E car.

It has been described by media as an electric version of the Dakar Rally.[4]

TeamsEdit

Teams who have currently announced intention to compete in Extreme E are:

Team Country of Origin
Venturi Automobiles[5]   Monaco
Abt Sportsline[6]   Germany
HWA Team[7]   Germany
Veloce Racing[8]   United Kingdom

Race calendarEdit

Extreme E plans to race in locations already damaged by climate change in order to bring awareness to the problems posed by climate change and have consulted ecological experts to keep the impact of their presence to a minimum.[9] The full race schedule was announced on 17 December 2019.[10]

Region Host Nation Location Date
Ocean   Senegal Lac Rose 22–24 January 2021
Desert   Saudi Arabia Al-`Ula 4–6 March 2021
Glacier   Nepal Kali Gandaki Gorge 6–8 May 2021
Arctic   Greenland Russell Glacier 27–29 August 2021
Rainforest   Brazil Amazon Rainforest 29–31 October 2021

DriversEdit

In September 2019, Extreme E released a list of drivers who had registered official interest in driving in the series.[11]

Driver Current Series
  Sebastien Ogier WRC
  Andreas Bakkerud WRX
  Kevin Hansen WRX
  Timmy Hansen WRX
  Timo Scheider WRX
  Jamie Chadwick W Series
  Katherine Legge IMSA
  Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky TCR Scandinavia
  Lucas di Grassi Formula E
  Andre Lotterer Formula E
  Sacha Prost Andros Trophy
  Bruno Senna[12] WEC
  Chris Ingram[13] ERC
  Daniel Abt[14] Formula E
  Loïc Duval[15] DTM

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burgt, Alex Kalinauckas and Andrew van de. "New Extreme E electric SUV series to launch with Formula E". Autosport.com.
  2. ^ "Formula E founder launches radical new off-road racing concept Extreme E". FIA Formula E.
  3. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (31 January 2019). "Extreme E unveils full series concept ahead of 2021 launch". Autosport. Richmond, Surrey. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ James Masters. "Extreme E to deliver 'Blue Planet meets Dakar Rally'". CNN. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  5. ^ James, Billington (9 May 2019). "Venturi first team to enter Extreme E racing series". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (10 July 2019). "Long-time Audi affiliate ABT Sportsline joins Extreme E off-road series". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  7. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (12 July 2019). "HWA becomes latest FE team to join Extreme E". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  8. ^ Lewis, Niamh (19 September 2019). "Adrian Newey: Formula 1 designer to join Extreme E". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Extreme E Locations". Extreme E. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Extreme E unveils schedule for inaugural season". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  11. ^ "Extreme E reveals world-class Drivers' Programme". Extreme E. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Senna Joins Extreme E Drivers' Program". Extreme E. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  13. ^ Extreme E. 27 November 2019 https://www.extreme-e.com/en/news/58_Drivers-Programme-Profiles-Chris-Ingram.html. Retrieved 18 December 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Extreme E. 27 November 2019 https://www.extreme-e.com/en/news/60_Drivers-Programme-Profiles-Daniel-Abt.html. Retrieved 18 December 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ Extreme E. 30 November 2019 https://www.extreme-e.com/en/news/59_Drivers-Programme-Profiles-Loic-Duval.html. Retrieved 18 December 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)