Saudi Arabia has been chosen as the third of five locations to host a round of Extreme E in its inaugural 2021 campaign.
A number of potential routes for Saudi Arabia’s desert round are currently being examined, while Extreme E’s founder and CEO Alejandro Agag made the announcement on Thursday alongside two key figures in Saudi sports.
Agag was joined in Riyadh by HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, chairman of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, and HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdullah Al Faisal, president of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation.
“One of the major cornerstones of this revolutionary championship is that we will race across terrains and environments that will push the world’s top drivers, teams and engineers to their absolute limits,” said Agag.
“For our desert location, we are taking a real leap into uncharted territory.
“Heading to Saudi Arabia, home of the world’s largest continuous sand desert among a multitude of extraordinary environments in which to race, gives us unbelievable scope to create an unprecedented challenge for our competitors.
“The Kingdom’s terrain is stunning and unforgiving, while the heat and conditions will be intense. There is no question that the winning combination of driver and machine will be a deserving one.”
The exact desert location within Saudi Arabia will be determined in the coming months. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will host its second event in Ad Diriyah, just outside capital Riyadh, next month.
“Welcoming Extreme E to Saudi Arabia is the perfect opportunity for the country to strengthen the sporting pillar of its Vision 2030 – delivering world-class electric motorsport to the desert,” commented HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud.
“I am a racing driver myself, so the notion of contributing to the growth of the sport – and its electric future – is a source of great pride.
“Of equal importance is the benefit we will reap from this partnership in creating a lasting legacy, not only for motorsport in the Kingdom but for the protection of our unique ecosystems.”
Saudi Arabia follows on from two previously confirmed locations for Extreme E: Greenland and Brazil. An ocean location and a route in the Himalayas are currently being scouted.
Carlo Boutagy, CEO of CBX, will be the official race promoter of the Saudi event. CBX holds a similar position for the Formula E Ad Diriyah E-Prix.