ABT Sportsline confirmed on Wednesday that it will enter the nascent Extreme E series in 2021.
The electric SUV off-road racing series officially launched its base car, Odyssey 21, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend.
E-racing365 first reported earlier this year that ABT had signed a memorandum of understanding with Extreme E to join the series and this was concluded recently to become the second team after Venturi to commit.
“ABT Sportsline was one of the first outfits to commit to what was a then-new series and concept in Formula E some six years ago, and I’m delighted to welcome them as one of the first teams to join Extreme E,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and chairman of Formula E.
“The unique challenge offered up by Extreme E with its formidable environments, head-to-head format and the need for real engineering ingenuity undoubtedly acts as a major draw for those with competition at their core.
“I can’t wait to see how ABT Sportsline respond to that challenge.”
ABT Sportsline will take delivery of one of 12 Extreme E cars in March 2020.
It will then be able to test and develop its own powertrain and select areas of bodywork, such as the engine cover, front and rear bumpers, side skirt, and lights in a bid to replicate everyday car models.
Hans-Juergen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline, said: “Everyone at ABT Sportsline loves competition, innovation, electric mobility and breaking new ground in the world of motorsport and elsewhere.
“That’s why we were one of the first teams to join Formula E back in 2013 and also why we chose to become a member of the Extreme E family at this early stage.
“We believe in the concept – both in terms of its ideas for racing and its marketing potential off the track.”
Following the announcement, head of ABT Sport marketing, Harry Unflath, will begin liaising with potential partners to support the company’s Extreme E project.
Andretti Autosport and a team fronted by reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne are also believed to be close to confirming an entry in Extreme E.