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Electric Off-Road Racing Series Set To Launch In 2021
January 31, 2019
Motorsports legend Gil de Ferran and entrepreneur Alejandro Agag have launched a new electric off-road racing series set to take place in five unique and remote locations across the globe.
Electric Off-Road Racing Series Set To Launch In 2021

Motorsports legend Gil de Ferran and entrepreneur Alejandro Agag have launched a new electric off-road racing series set to take place in five unique and remote locations across the globe.
 
Extreme E will showcase electric SUVs competing in extreme environments, highlighting the series’ vehicles, star drivers and advanced technologies, as well as the challenges faced by each ecosystem.
 
Set to begin in January 2021, five events will be staged in locations that are under threat from climate change and other challenges, including the Arctic, the Himalayas, Sahara desert, the Amazon rainforest, and islands in the Indian Ocean. By demonstrating the performance of electric cars racing in these harsh terrains and conditions, Extreme E hopes to raise global awareness of the specific issues each environment faces, such as melting ice caps, deforestation, desertification, retreating mountain glaciers, plastic pollution and rising sea
levels.
 
Extreme E will be presented as a “docu-sport” TV series, produced by filmmaker and new Artistic Director of Extreme E Fisher Stevens.
 
The series is committed to reducing its carbon emissions, alongside ongoing legacy initiatives at each destination to help protect already damaged ecosystems impacted by climate change, officials said. Acclaimed British explorer and environmentalist David de Rothschild will be Chief Explorer of Extreme E, where he will lead the mission to take electric racing to some of the world’s remotest locations.
 
All equipment will travel by sea, on board the near 7000-ton former Royal Mail Ship—the St. Helena—which previously delivered supplies to the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. RMS St. Helena will act as a “floating paddock” for Extreme E, and will be modernized and improved using renewable energy technologies as part of an extensive renovation project.
 
“This is a hugely exciting project,” said de Ferran. “Extreme E offers a unique sport, adventure and entertainment concept that has never been seen or done before. Viewers can expect a completely new way of consuming sport, with each episode telling not just the story of a race, but the wider race of awareness and the need to protect these remote and challenging environments being explored by Extreme E.”
 
Operated in association with Formula E, organizers of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Extreme E will use a traditional round-robin format with two groups of six teams—with the top four progressing to the knockout stage, and each driver going head-to-head to earn a place in the final. The off-road stages will be around 6–10 km in length, with a series of virtual gates to be navigated through by drivers in a mixture of extreme heat and humidity, high altitude and subzero temperatures.
 
Extreme E is a fully-funded venture and has already secured the backing of Continental Tires as a founding partner and official tire supplier, officials said, adding that CBMM is also supporting the series as niobium supplier—facilitating the integration of technologically-advanced niobium products in the chassis of the all-electric SUVs.

For more information, visit the Extreme E website.