Extreme E the all new electric SUV racing series which will launch in 2021 had it’s official series launch virtually on Tuesday where we were introduced to the teams and some of the drivers who will compete in the first season of this brand new series which recently received FIA certification.
The launch gave fans and the media a chance to see what the liveries from each team will look like but we also heard from series founder Alejandro Agag, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Zak Brown and others who are all involved in this new innovative series which aims to raise awareness of climate change through motor racing.
Sara Price who will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing spoke about the format of the races with each event consisting of two laps where drivers which switch after each lap. Extreme E is unique in that as part of the regulations, each team has one female and one male driver, it is the first motor racing category to have such a regulation and it great because it shows the diversity in the sport and allows the drivers to be chosen on merit and ability and not just their gender.
Speaking about Extreme E, Michele Mouton, President of the FIA Women In Motorsport Commission commented saying:
For 10 years now we have been striving towards gender equality and equal opportunities in the sport. Extreme E is now supporting this philosophy and has taken concrete action that highlights female racing drivers’ competence. For me it’s a very very important element. We are really supporting seeing more women competing in a mixed environment and we are extremely pleased with this great opportunity for them.
“Of course, the sporting format itself is revolutionary with men and women competing together and against each other. It’s so important for women to have the same material to compete on the same level. This is a chance I had during my time and it helped me to reach the top because I had no excuse, I just had to prove myself. So, a lot of high profile female drivers have been attracted to the series because it’s another platform for them to showcase their talent.
Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag commented on the launch saying:
Our Virtual Launch has been an incredible format to unveil our Season 1 calendar and the team cars, whilst also refining our virtual experience capabilities – a key theme of Extreme E – particularly during the time of COVID-19.
“Our team has been working really hard behind the scenes and despite the pandemic and the challenges it has provided, we are on track for our first race in March 2021. The series has gained massive momentum with no less than two Formula One™ World Champions signing up with their own teams alongside other powerhouses in the motorsport world, and there is much more to come as we announce drivers in the coming months
Argentina joins the calendar replacing the previously schedule event in Napal and speaking about this new venue saying:
We are delighted to confirm that Patagonia in Argentina will feature in our Season 1 calendar, and it will certainly make an incredible race experience for teams and viewers alike. However, of course there is a far more serious reason why Extreme E has chosen to visit Tierra del Fuego. Glacial retreat is one of the devastating effects of the global climate crisis, and unless we act now these incredible places will no longer exist
Season 1 Calendar:
Desert X Prix: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia
20-21 March 2021
Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal
29-30 May 2021
Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussusaq, Greenland
28-29 August 2021
Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil
23-24 October 2021
Glacier X Prix: Patagonia, Argentina
11-12 December 2021
Carlos Turdó, Secretary of Sports of Tierra del Fuego said:
The presence of Extreme E in Tierra del Fuego will be a historical milestone for our province, due to the high level of international motorsport names involved with the series, such as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who both own teams in the series. It is also a unique opportunity for thousands of people to get to know the natural beauties that surround us at the “Fin del Mundo” (End of the World).
“Of course, one of the most important things for us is to join from the southern point of the planet, the message and the actions of awareness about climate change and the preservation of the environment that Extreme E carries out through the technology of electric vehicles and sports practices.”
Ing. Carlos Garcia Remohi, President of CDA Automovil Club Argentino said:
“It is a great honor for us that Extreme E has chosen Argentine Patagonia as host of one of its competitions in its international series.
“We share its important message to humanity, how to spread and raise awareness through motorsport. That is why from the Automovil Club Argentino we will be together with Extreme E, supporting it, since they represent the pioneers of tomorrow’s technology.”