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.