The Adventure Begins...
Officially announced a little over two years ago at an event in London, Extreme E is about to become a reality.
And it’s pulled in some serious names from the world of motorsport to back up their serious ambition.
What serious names you ask? Well… Lewis Hamilton has a team and he’s hired Sebastien Loeb to drove for him. Nico Rosberg has done the same and he’s hired WRX champion Johan Kristofferson. Carlos Sainz (Sr) and Jenson Button will both drive in teams of their own. Chip Ganassi and Andretti United both have teams of their own. And that’s only to name a few…
The idea is reasonably simple. It’s electric off-road racing in some of the most extreme and remote areas in the world - areas damaged by climate change. Teams are comprised of one male and one female driver who share duties equally. The entire race day infrastructure and transportation network has been designed to have minimum impact on the environment. They transport all their freight on a former Royal Mail Ship, the St Helena, and the tracks are marked out with flag gates. Cars are charged up by green hydrogen fuel cell generators. Extreme E also hosts climate research programmes and carries out legacy programs to help combat the effects of climate change.
Who will be racing?
Veloce Racing (UK) | No.5. | Jamie Chadwick and Stéphane Sarrazin
Making their transition from sim racing team to real world racing team and with involvement from Adrian Newey, Veloce have hired W Series champion Jamie Chadwick and rally/sportscar veteran Stephane Sarrazin
Rosberg X Racing | No.6 | Molly Taylor and Johan Kristofferson
An extension of the Rosberg DTM team headed up by Nico Rosberg, who handpicked his driving team of World Rallycross champion Kristofferson and 2016 Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor
JBXE | No. 22 | Jenson Button and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky
A late entry, Jenson Button has formed his own team to race with. He’s hired GT3/STCC driver and XE tyre development driver Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky to be his teammate
Andretti United Extreme E | No. 23 | Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen
A collaboration between Andretti Autosport and Zak Brown’s United Autosport, rally driver Catie Munnings will pair up with Word Rallycross driver Timmy Hansen.
Hispano-Suiza Xite Energy | No.42 | Oliver Bennet and Christine Giampaoli Zonca
An age old automobile brand name returns… World Rallycross driver Oliver Bennet and rally driver Christine Giampaoli Zonca will take the wheel
Team X44 | No. 44 | Sebastien Loeb and Christina Gutierrez
Lewis Hamilton’s team has pulled no punches with his driver signings. Nine-time World Rally Champion and Dakar Rally podium finisher Sebastien Loeb will be paired with Dakar Rally stage winner Christina Gutierrez.
Acciona Sainz XE Team | No. 55 | Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz
Two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz will race for his own team, being joined by off road bike racer Laia Sanz
Chip Ganassi Racing | No.95 | Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc
Chip Ganassi has hired drivers with Baja off-roading experience in Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc
ABT Cupra XE | No. 125 | Mattias Ekström and Claudia Hürtgen
The long-running association between ABT and Ekström continues in Extreme E, joined by GT and touring veteran Claudia Hürtgen
Where are they racing?
There will be five events through the year facing Desert, Ocean, Arctic, Rainforest and Glacial conditions:
Desert X-Prix | AlUla, Saudi Arabia | 3-4 April
Ocean X-Prix | Lac Rose, Senegal | 29-30 May
Arctic X-Prix | Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | 28-29 August
Amazon X-Prix | Santarém, Brazil | 23-24 October
Glacier X-Prix | Ushuaia, Argentina | 11-12 December
What's the track for this week looking like?
What’s the race format?
It’s following a general round robin format with qualifiers, semi-finals and finals. Drivers from each team will each complete one lap before handing over to their teammate to complete the second lap.
Where can I watch it?
For Extreme E’s summary of the event timings and broadcast options click HERE
The first event timetable is as follows (times in GMT):
Saturday 3rd April
Qualifying Round 1 - 06:00 - 07:30
Qualifying Round 2 - 11:00 - 12:30
Sunday 4th April
Semi Final and Crazy Race - 06:00 - 07:30
Race Programme - 10:00 - 12:00
What can I expect?
….. I actually have no idea! I guess we shall find out.
Edited by Ben1445, 02 April 2021 - 18:56.