Six-time FIA World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has joined Extreme E as an official ambassador of the new off-road electric SUV racing series.
The Frenchman, who currently competes for Citroen Total WRT in WRC, will offer his expertise to Extreme E organizers in the lead-up to its inaugural season in 2021.
He will advise and support on sporting and technical regulations, potential event locations and the design evolution of the Odyssey 21 car throughout its testing and development process.
“I am delighted to be a part of Extreme E. The championship is truly unique – there is nothing else like it out there – and I am incredibly passionate about what it is setting out to do,” said Ogier.
“I was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week and saw the car for the very first time. It was awesome to finally see it and I can’t wait to get working with the Extreme E team.
“The car is something special and it will be a privilege from a driver’s point of view to work on its development from such an early stage.
“The sporting aspect is compelling with Extreme E and the head-to-head format is always thrilling – it’s like what we see with the Special Stages in rallying, which the fans always love.
“I will be working hand-in-hand with the series’ organisers and partners to make sure we deliver the best experience for the fans and the most engaging challenge for drivers, too.”
Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E, added: “Sebastien is among the most talented drivers in the history of motorsport and rallying.
“Counting on his input, support and advice throughout the development of Extreme E will prove to be invaluable. We couldn’t have a better man on-board.
“Having Sebastien involved from this early stage is truly an honour and a huge endorsement of what we’re doing with the series.
“He is as keen as we are for Extreme E to not only provide the very best motor racing spectacle, but also the greatest positive impact on the environment and sustainability possible – we share that passion.”