The new Extreme E concept, which will feature all-electric SUVs racing in some of the world’s harshest climates to raise awareness of climate change, was officially launched in London on Thursday.
The series, which was uncovered by e-racing365 in August, will get underway in January 2021 with five events in locations such as the Arctic, the Himalayas, Sahara desert, Amazon rainforest and islands in the Indian Ocean.
It was launched on board the former Royal Mail Ship St. Helena moored up in the River Thames beside Tower Bridge and was hosted by founders Alejandro Agag and Gil de Ferran.
The ship on which it was launched will be transformed into a ‘floating paddock’ and will transport cars, teams and equipment to each of the series’ events.
It will use renewable energy technologies as part of a multi-million pound renovation project to the vessel that previously transported goods and people to the remote islands of St. Helena and Ascension in the south Atlantic.
Former IndyCar driver, team owner and current McLaren F1 sporting director Gil de Ferran will serve as chairman of the new venture, alongside Formula E chairman and CEO Alejandro Agag.
The event was also attended by renowned British adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild, who will serve as Extreme E’s chief explorer, and Academy Award winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens, the series’ artistic director.
Two major partners were also revealed, in Continental Tire as a founding partner and CBMM Niobium, which is already a partner of Formula E, as a launch partner.
“I’ve always been passionate about progressing electric vehicle technology and the impact that clean mobility solutions can have on the efforts to halt global climate change,” said Agag.
“I strongly believe that Extreme E can help make the world more sustainable faster, and we have a dream team to make this ambition a reality.
“Gil de Ferran is a leader in the world of motorsport, and in David de Rothschild and Fisher Stevens, Extreme E has attracted two of the best in their respective fields.
“Likewise, welcoming Continental Tyres as a founding partner – and CBMM as niobium supplier – is a huge boost to Extreme E and shows the strong commercial appetite for this sustainable sport and entertainment concept.”