A new electric off-road racing series has launched as an offshoot of Formula E.
The five-race Extreme E series will see electric sport utility vehicles compete in extreme environments around the world.
The fully-funded venture will be operated in association with Formula E, organisers of the ABB FIA Formula E Championships. It has been spearheaded by Formula E Chairman Alejandro Agag and fellow leading motorsport figure Gil de Ferran.
Described as a “radical sport and entertainment concept,” Extreme E aims to play a key role in raising global awareness of the specific issue each environment faces.
The championship series will begin in January 2021 and be staged in locations which are under threat from issues including melting ice caps, deforestation, desertification, retreating mountain glaciers, plastic pollution and rising seas levels.
Commenting on the project, de Ferran, Extreme E Chairman, said: “This is a hugely exciting project. 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.”
The Extreme E series was launched in London on the Thames on-board the former Royal Mail Ship, St. Helena.
The 7,000 tonne vessel is to undergo a multi-million pound renovation using green emission technologies to become the mobile operational ‘floating paddock’ base for Extreme E, with all equipment related to the series to be transported by sea.
The series also has the backing of British explorer and environmentalist David de Rothschild, who will join the project as Chief Explorer, leading the mission to take electric racing to the world’s remote locations.
Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E, commented: “I strongly believe that Extreme E can help make the world more sustainable faster, and we have a dream team to make this ambition a reality.
“I’ve always been passionate about progressing electric vehicle technology and the impact that clean mobility solutions can have on the efforts to halt global climate change.
“Gil de Ferran is a leader in the world of motorsport, and in David de Rothschild and Fisher Stevens, Extreme E has attracted two of the best in their respective fields.”
The Extreme E series will use a traditional round-robin format with two groups of six teams. The top four teams will then progress to the knock-out stage with each driver going head-to-head to earn a place in the final.
Each race will be documented and screened globally as a ‘docu-sport’ TV series, produced by Academy Award winning filmmaker and new Artistic Director of Extreme E Fisher Stevens.
Launch partners of the property include official tyre supplier Continental Tyres. CBMM will also support the series as niobium supplier, facilitating the integration of technologically-advanced nobium products in the chassis of the all-electric cars.