Extreme E, the off-road electric SUV series created by Formula E President Alejandro Agag, has announced Nepal’s Mustang District in the Himalayas as the fourth event in its new five-event calendar.
The Mustang District - which reaches 2,750m above sea level - means cars and drivers will not only have to deal with altitude, but also rocky terrain and rivers. The route sees the championship head to the Kali Gandaki valley, the site of the deepest gorge in the world.
The championship’s inaugural series will begin in 2021, and will see SUVs race in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, and an as-yet unconfirmed race in the Saudi Arabian desert. The final location will be a coastal event, but is still to be revealed.
Extreme E says it is working with local experts and groups in each of its five locations to implement positive legacy initiatives dependent on local needs. In Nepal, it has already begun consulting with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on ways to support regional programmes and institutional partnerships aimed at ending poverty, ensuring universal access to clean energy and a year-round water supply, all in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Discussing the Himalayan announcement, Agag said: “Today we are here in the heart of the Himalayas, in the Mustang District, to announce that Extreme E will be the first race to ever be staged in the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas.
“The Himalayan region is a spectacular, unique environment with incredible terrain for off-road racing which will provide the sternest of tests to the world’s leading drivers, engineers and teams. We are literally in the heart of the mountains here, it is a beautiful place.
"We're going to bring this fantastic show, this great race, to a place where there's never been a race. We will leave a positive legacy behind, working with the government and authorities that will help locals here and provide solutions for the region to make it more sustainable. This is a big step with big meaning – not only for the race, but in everything we will leave in place for the communities here."