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Battery cars ready for Dakar-type race formula

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – An innovative Extreme E all-electric off-road racing series will have its debut in March 2021 in conjunction with Continental Tyres as a partner and tyre supplier to the global championship.

The formula now has status as an FIA international series and the first race is scheduled for March 2021.

Alejandro Agag, Extreme E’s CEO, told The Corner in a media release: “We’ve been working hard towards this goal and the speed of recognition by the FIA gives us great confidence for our first season in 2021.”

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The series was founded by the team that established Formula E. From 2021, Continental will equip all competitors with tyres for diverse and ”extremely demanding” conditions. It will also supply digital tyre monitoring,

GENDER CORRECT

The inaugural season will be staged across five diverse environments in some of the most remote regions of the world, from desert to the Arctic and the Amazon to promote battery cars.

Each team will have two drivers – one male and one female – and share navigation duties for the two race laps that will make up the event. On.y five team members – including mechanics or engineers – will be allowed.

All freight and logistics will travel by sea on a re-purposed and completely refurbished former Royal Mail ship, the 7000-ton St Helena, as a floating garage to reduce freight emissions by two-thirds in comparison to air travel.

FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENT

The organisers are gradually lifting the covers on the teams set to take professional motorsport in electric SUVs to the furthest parts of the planet. Formula 1 World champion Lewis Hamilton has announced a team.

He said: “Extreme E appeals to me because of its environmental focus.”

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The series hopes to put climate change on the radar of motorsport fans around the world, along with politicians, local communities, and encourage a redoubling of efforts to restrict global warming to 1.5°C.

Hamilton added: “All of us has the power to make a difference.”

Eight Extreme E teams are now in place with the arrival of Hamilton’s Team X44 and Sandra Roslan, in charge of the Extreme E project at Continental, said: ”Tension is building as final preparations are made. As founding partner and exclusive tyre supplier, we’re of course thrilled that the organisers have been able to sign Hamilton – his name is sure to play a big part in drawing global attention.”

Seven other teams include US IndyCar teams Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing, a Spanish QEV Technologies project, double Formula E champions Techeetah, and British-owned Veloce Racing co-founded by current Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

Two teams from Germany are ABT Sportsline and HWA Racelab

The official virtual launch for Extreme E will be on October 27 at 14:00 GMT (16:00 South Africa). Visit the website to register: http://www.extreme-e.com .

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