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Agag: “Overwhelming” Interest in Extreme E Concept

Agag says Extreme E has received significant interest from potential entrants…

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Extreme E, the proposed new series for electric powered SUVs racing in some of the world’s most challenging climates, has received “overwhelming” interest, according to Alejandro Agag.

E-racing365 uncovered the plans for Extreme E last month when the initial framework for the plan came to light.

The proposals are set to be officially received by the FIA ahead of a planned 2020 debut for the championship, with Agag confident that it will “100 percent” happen.

“We are hoping first to clarify the relationship we will be having with the FIA and maybe that will happen at the WMSC [on Oct. 12],” the Formula E founder and CEO told e-racing365.

“Then we will do a formal presentation with Gil [de Ferran], who is leading the project.

“I think since the news came out it has been overwhelming and there has been huge interest. It will be the next big thing.”

Agag revealed that the genesis of the Extreme E platform came from de Ferran earlier this year when the two were socializing.

“Gil and I were just chatting over a coffee at my house one day,” said Agag. “I have to give it to him because he came up with the concept. He knows what he is doing in every aspect of racing.”

“The idea to go to these extreme locations around the world really came from him.”

Agag remains bullish that the series will get off the ground, despite the logistical and operational difficulties of putting the events in locations such as the Himalayas and Arctic Circle.

“It is very, very challenging but I am 100 percent sure it is going to happen,” he said. “The whole machine of Formula E will be supporting it as it will be the operating partner.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    October 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Does remind me the ‘Camel Trophy’ and its successor ‘G4 Challenge’ from the eighties and end of 2000, but in EV form. With so many manufacturers launching electric SUVs (Tesla, Jaguar, Kia/Hyundai, Mercedes and Audi) not surprised that the interest is there…

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