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Extreme E: What is it, where is it and when?

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On October 27 at 2pm, Extreme E Racing is getting a virtual launch of the FIA-backed sport which will begin it’s inaugural season next year, but what is it?

 

According to the Extreme E website, it aims to be a ‘narrative-driven adventure’ telling a story about the effects of ‘climate change and human activity.’ Which have ultimately affected different areas of the world and it will deliver the story through the motorsport.

The cars involved look like dune-buggies on steroids, called the Odyssey 21. Hinted by the sports title, the off-road SUV is entirely electric and is able to produce 550 horsepower from 400kw, capable of punching from 0-60 in 4.5s.

 

Who’s involved?

You have the car, but you’re going to need someone behind the wheel. Extreme E racing already has a variety of drivers on board with the sport, ranging from Formula E to rallycross drivers.

 

Some of the names include:

  • Karun Chandhok – Sky Sports Presenter/Former F1 driver
  • Lucas Di Grassi – Formula E champion
  • Andre Lotterer – Le Mans winner
  • Antonio Felix Da Costa – Formula E champion
  • Molly Taylor – 2016 Australian Rally champion

Although the sport will recommend driver’s from its ‘Driver’s Programme’ to the teams involved, the teams have the choice to have drivers from outside the talent pool.

 

The teams?

While there maybe a selection of drivers, not everyone has chosen who will be behind the wheel. Only two teams have chosen both of their drivers, this being the two American teams: Andretti United and Chip Ganassi.

Currently, there are nine teams, from five different countries such as:

  • ABT
  • HWA
  • QEV
  • Team Techeetah
  • Veloce

Before the season even starts, there are two teams to watch. X44 and Rosberg Xtreme Racing. X44 was brought in by the six-time Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton. While Rosberg Xtreme Racing was recently introduced by Hamilton’s recent rival, and former Formula One team-mate, Nico Rosberg.

It begs the question: will they be as successful in offroad racing as they had been in F1?

 

Where will the races take place?

The sport is set to transverse across five rounds across the world.

Facing different types of environmental challenges from the Deserts in Saudi Arabia to the Arctic in Greenland.

The five rounds are:

  1. Lac Rose, Senegal
  2. Sharaan, Saudi Arabia
  3. Kali Gandaki Valley, Nepal
  4. Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
  5. Santarem, Brazil

Starting from January 23 and ending on October 31, spanning over two days per event.

 

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I'm a third-year, sports journalism student at the University of Sunderland where I am also taking an NCTJ (National Council for Training Journalists) diploma.

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