Rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block will drive the Extreme E electric SUV in the Grand Prix of Qiddiya as part of the Dakar Rally next week.
The 52-year-old American will compete in the Qiddiya event, the final stage of the infamous Dakar Rally, on Friday, Jan. 17.
The run is part of Extreme E’s presence at the Dakar, which also included Guerlain Chicherit taking part in shakedown last week.
Block’s viral Gymkhana video series has received over 550 million views and the driver himself has competed in a number of off-road disciplines, including the FIA World Rally and FIA World Rallycross Championships, and Rally America.
“Dakar is always something I’ve been interested in experiencing so this is a great opportunity for me to come and see what makes the race so special. I appreciate the guys at Extreme E inviting me out,” he said.
Extreme E’s electric SUV, named Odyssey 21, is competing with a large presence at the Dakar on account of the event’s commitment to alternative energy vehicles participating in the future.
Extreme E will also host one of its five rounds next year in the Saudi desert, and runs at the Dakar also serve the purpose of gathering data and practicing on harsh desert environments.
“We encourage the participation of hybrid and electric vehicles in future events, with an objective of introducing a specific class for them,” added Dakar Rally director David Castera.
“Extreme E’s presence here, along with world-class drivers Guerlain Chicherit and Ken Block, convinces us that we are heading in the right direction with this project, and inspires us to go even further and faster in our implementation of alternative energy vehicles in future Dakar Rally events.”