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Extreme E Series, Event Format Revealed; No Live Coverage

Unique format for Extreme E revealed including ban on live event coverage…

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Details on the unique format of Extreme E were communicated for the first time during the launch event on Thursday, including the make-up of the championship and style of racing.

Twelve teams will be entered and will compete head-to-head, two at a time, in a ’round robin’ style knockout to decide the winner of each round.

Stages will take place on tracks 6-10 kilometers in length which will be set up in areas already destroyed or impacted by climate change.

The planned locations for the first season are the Arctic, the Himalayas, Sahara desert, Amazon rainforest and islands in the Indian Ocean.

Each of the first season’s five events, all scheduled to take place in 2021, will last four days but won’t be accessible to the public.

No live coverage of the series will be produced, with filmmaker Fisher Stevens, the championship’s artistic director, instead making a ten-part documentary series to air in late 2021.

Competitors and members of the paddock will sign non-disclosure agreements on the results of each round, which won’t be made public until the documentary airs.

The cars will all be fully electric silhouette SUVs in a similar format to Formula E, with a common chassis and battery supplied by Spark Racing Technology and McLaren Applied Technologies, respectively.

Cars will have two Formula E motors, producing 400 kW of power, and work on the battery, which is based on the Gen 2 Formula E unit, is already underway.

Extreme E will be open to a combination of manufacturer, customer and independent teams, with a common unbranded package available for the latter.

First prototype testing will get underway in April this year, with delivery of chassis and batteries to teams in November.

Initial testing and a race simulation will take place in the first half of 2020, while cars will be shipped to the first race in October 2020 ahead of the inaugural race in January 2021.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake



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    January 31, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Not to be hateful, maybe i just dont understand this. But… they will get 12 SUV shipped to the middle of nowhere, so they can race for no spectators in short 1v1 sprint events? What the..?

    • Jake Kilshaw

      Jake Kilshaw

      February 1, 2019 at 5:55 am

      Hi Bogdan, thanks for your comment! It seems the main purpose of the series is to create this 10-part documentary TV series and they’ll aim to build a fanbase through that. It’s very different to every other race series out there and it will definitely take some getting used to, but the foundations and ideas behind it seem fairly solid to me at least.

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    Kris G.

    February 3, 2019 at 11:34 am

    The format does make a lot of sense, not everyone can follow live races nowadays and streaming services are winning over traditional broadcast anyway – hope they go for Netflix.

    If these bespoke 4×4/SUVs will use 2 FE motors they will have a blistering performance despite the double of the expected weight.

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