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Vergne Poised to Enter Extreme E Series

Reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne is looking at entering a team in Extreme E…

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Jean-Eric Vergne is looking to enter a team in the new Extreme E series which is set to be formally launched in London on Thursday.

The reigning ABB FIA Formula E Champion has revealed that he and fellow business partners have registered official interest in entering a team.

E-racing365 broke news of the ambitious plans in August which could see electric SUV ‘silhouette’ cars racing in some of the world’s most hostile environments to raise awareness of climate change and other environmental issues.

“It’s a fantastic idea, I love it,” Vergne told e-racing365. “As a driver I would love to be part of it and as a team it is possible. I am looking at it seriously with some partners and investors.

“Alejandro [Agag] has always been able to have a solid dream and make it reality, we have seen this so I am sure he will do the same with this.”

Vergne will not be attending the launch in London next Thursday but colleagues from the company in which he is a partner, Veloce Esports, will be in attendance.

Veloce Esports was formed by former racers Jack Clarke and Rupert Svendsen-Cook last year and has already announced an Esports racing hub for sim racers.

E-racing365 understands that potential Extreme E entrants, of which Vergne’s initiative is one, have expressed interest but are yet to officially go through an entering process.

This is understood to be opening officially later this year when more details of Extreme E and its final business model are known.

Some of this will be articulated by founders Alejandro Agag and Gil de Ferran at the launch on Thursday.

Vergne also stated that he is open to racing himself in the new series but it is not a prerequisite to entering a team.

“If I am good enough to race in those cars then maybe I could do it if we entered,” said Vergne.

“But also if we get someone good who has more experience of that type of discipline then maybe we would go with them.

“It is way too early for those details though, all I can at the moment is we are interested and we love the concept.”

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

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Chris

    January 28, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I’m pretty excited to see more details about it. It’s pretty frustrating to see no EVs at Dakar and when there was one, the old man commentator constantly mocked it.

    • Sam Smith

      January 29, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Stay tuned on Thursday for full story and other news from the launch 🙂

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