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July Public Debut Planned for XE Off-Road Prototype

A public debut of the XE prototype could take place at this years Goodwood FOS…

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The first public run of the new Extreme E prototype could take place at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, e-racing365 has learned.

The new concept for fully electric SUV Rally Raid-style cars is currently being assembled by Spark Racing Technologies in France and is expected to be shaken down privately next month.

The Goodwood FoS, which will take place on July 4-7, is believed to be the preferred objective for a first public running of the car.

Teams are set to use the same spec chassis but manufacturer styling cues will be allowed on the silhouette style chassis which will be powered by motors designed and developed by UK-based companies McLaren Applied Technologies and Integral Powertrain.

The new series, which will be known as XE, is set to race in some of the remotest parts of Earth to highlight damage inflicted on areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The brainchild of Gil de Ferran and Formule E founder Alejandro Agag, Extreme E was officially launched last January and unveiled on a former Royal Mail ship, the St Helena, which will serve as the floating base for the project.

Extreme E organizers are looking to field 12 one-car teams in the inaugural season.

Andretti Autosport, the ABT organization and a team fronted by reigning ABB FIA Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne have expressed formal interest in securing entry slots.

So far, several manufacturers have expressed interest in the series which is aiming to kick off in January 2021.

PSA Holding Internal Discussions on XE

PSA, the Group which owns the Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and DS brands, is holding internal discussions as to the possibility of a program in XE according to DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan-Pinon.

“Personally, I consider this to be a very interesting series and a brand new aspect to motorsport,” Mestelan-Pinon told e-racing365.

“I’m convinced that it will be a success, the question is will it be a success for the series or for the manufacturer too – we have to see.

“We have an internal discussion about it with all the brands of PSA and that continues but we are just watching at the moment so there is not a lot to be said, it is too early for detail.”

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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