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The inaugural season of Extreme E will launch in just under a month with the season opener kicking off in AlUla, Saudi Arabia on 3rd and 4th of April. 

What is Extreme E?

The all electric SUV racing championship will be giving motorsport fans something a bit different, while educating and raising awareness of climate change around the globe.  Racing across five remote territories with very different terrains including deserts, glaciers and rainforests, highlighting the impact of climate change in each region. It also aims to promote sustainability and the adaption of electric vehicles to help protect the planet.

Ten teams will compete in the series, including teams owned by seven time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, and former world champions Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button. It promises to deliver thrilling racing, by pushing the drivers and their cars to the limit in extreme conditions. Driving a battery electric, 550bhp SUV, that takes 4.5 seconds to get from 0-62mph even at steep gradients, the drivers will have to contend with jumps, steep banks, rough terrain, dunes and water.

Nico Rosberg founds Extreme E team - electrive.com

Who are the drivers?

Each team will have a male and female driver, who come from a variety of motorsport disciplines such as rallying, motorcycles or single seaters.  Reigning W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will be partnering six time Le Mans 24 Hours podium finisher Stephane Sarrazin at the Veloce Racing team. The X44 team, owned by Lewis Hamilton, sees Dakar Rally competitor Cristina Gutierrez partner one of the greatest rally drivers of all time, Sebastian Loeb.

Jamie Chadwick confirmed as Veloce Racing's female driver for Extreme E - News - Extreme E - The Electric Odyssey

One of the fiercest female rally drivers, Australian Molly Taylor will pilot Nico Rosberg’s X Racing Team alongside world rallycross driver, Johan Kristoffersson. Spaniard Christine Giampaoli, joins British rallycross driver Oliver Bennett at the Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team.

Chip Ganassi, who owns teams in IndyCar and NASCAR, introduces his own team in Extreme E, with an all American line up of motorcycle stunt professional Sara Price and off road racer Kyle Leduc. Andretti United Racing which boasts some of the biggest names in racing at the helm including McLaren CEO Zak Brown and legend Michael Andretti himself,  includes up and coming British rally driver Catie Munnings and Swedish rallycross driver Timmy Hansen.

Spanish team Acciona Sainz will see World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz Snr and ten time Dakar Rally finisher Laia Sanz take the wheel. One of Europe’s most successful racing drivers, Claudia Hurtgen will be partnering Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom at the ABT Cupra XE team.

How will it work?

The Extreme E race weekend will be competed over two days and will require each team to race twice on a Saturday in the qualifying rounds. There will be four cars in each round, and the choice of start position in the first qualifying round is based on a lottery. The top four point scorers in the qualifying rounds enter a semi final race, and the bottom four finishers enter the “Crazy Race”, an all or nothing race that promises wheel to wheel racing as the drivers fight for a place in the final race.

Extreme E teams' 2021 liveries unveiled – DirtFish

By having a male and female driver, the sport is promoting gender equality and a level playing field amongst the competitors. Each driver will complete one 8km lap behind the wheel before switching drivers. It is up to each team on who will drive first.

Where can you watch it?

Extreme E will be broadcast on the BBC and Sky Sports in the UK, Fox Sports in the USA, Australia and Canada, and on Eurosport across Europe. You can head to the Extreme E website for more information on where to watch.

Commentary will be provided by BBC Five Live F1 presenter, Jennie Gow, and Andrew Coley at a London based studio, while TV presenter Layla Anna-Lee will be the on site anchor.

Jennie and her husband, Sky Sports F1 video producer Jamie Coley, were guests on our recent podcast and discussed Extreme E with our panel.

 

Image Source: extreme-e.com

 

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