Extreme E, the all new electric SUV racing series which gets underway next month in Saudi Arabia have confirmed that DTM veteran Timo Scheider has been named as their Joker drover as well as working on the design of the new courses.
Speaking about the announcement, James Taylor, Chief Competition Officer with Extreme E commented saying:
It’s fantastic to have Timo [Scheider] on the team, he has a huge amount of knowledge so we have a lot of faith in his abilities to support the championship.
“Timo has invaluable experience working across so many motorsport disciplines on terrains and conditions at either end of the scale, so he was a natural choice to help design the courses we’ll be racing on.”
Timo Scheider commented on the news saying:
It’s a pretty new experience for me and I was super excited about the Extreme E team and the challenge to design a course in the middle of nowhere. I really enjoyed the first recce in Saudi Arabia and designing a course in the desert, there are so many things to consider, but the course is going to provide incredible racing. I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 and be the first to drive the official Extreme E course in just a few weeks’ time, it’ll be a moment in history.
“The ‘Joker Driver’ role is pretty cool too and I’m delighted to be available for all the teams and fulfil a driver role should it be required.
“Extreme E marks a new era of motorsport and its environmental ethos is something very special. I think the idea to create a motorsport series to raise awareness of the environment and the impact we as humans are having is an important one. I think the series is going to change the face of motorsport and that’s why I’m really looking forward to being on this journey.”