A location on the coast of Senegal has been chosen for the Ocean race location for the inaugural season of Extreme E, completing the five-event calendar for its debut 2021 season.
The race will take place near Lac Rose, close to the Senegalese capital Dakar, on the western coast of Africa.
Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag was joined by Abdou Thiam, president of the Senegalese Motorsport Federation, to make the announcement during a community beach clean at the proposed site.
“I’m thrilled to confirm Senegal as our Ocean race location,” said Agag.
“This is an area of outstanding natural beauty but sadly, like many of the world’s coastal areas, it is under severe threat from a variety of climate issues.”
The coastline near the race location is losing 3-4 meters every year, in no small part due to the melting of Greenland’s ice cap.
“We hope Extreme E will inspire sports fans, along with the communities and governments in our race locations and beyond, to raise their climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” added Agag.
“This is a race we can – and must – win to avoid significantly worsening the risk of extreme temperatures, glacial melting, rising sea levels, droughts, flooding, and more, for hundreds of millions of people, including those living here in Senegal.”
The Senegal race will incorporate sand bars, salt beds, gravel, rocks and undulations into its track layouts, using the off-road sand tracks around Lac Rose and alongside the Atlantic Ocean.
It is the fifth and final location for Season One of Extreme E, joining rounds in Greenland, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Nepal.
Dates for the first season of Extreme E will be released on Dec. 17, with the first of five events scheduled for February 2021.