Plans are being put into place for a new international all-electric championship that would visit some of the world’s most extreme climates.
E-racing365 has uncovered details on the proposed ‘Extreme E Electric World Challenge’ aimed for off-road silhouette-style SUV electric race cars that would race in iconic locales around the world.
The proposal, seen by a small circle of potential entrants including current Formula E manufacturers, includes destinations such as the Himalayas, Arctic Circle, Amazon rainforest and a remote island in the Indian Ocean.
ABB FIA Formula E Championship founder and CEO Alejandro Agag is believed to be the key driving force behind the project, along with McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran.
The proposed championship could launch as early as December 2020.
E-racing365 contacted Formula E Holdings Ltd. regarding the plans and a spokesperson said: “We are working on an exciting and ground-breaking new project. More details will be announced in due course.”
While specific details remain scarce at this point, public records confirm that Virgin Racing non-executive director Hazel Hutchinson is listed as the sole officer for the newly created ‘Extreme E’ company, which was founded in April.
Virgin Racing sold a majority stake in its business to Chinese company Envision Energy earlier this year.
Dual-Motor Battery SUVs Planned
The concept is believed to center around a rally raid-style off-road SUV car that would utilize existing Formula E motors, potentially provided by McLaren Applied Technologies.
A fully completed prototype car is believed to be targeted for April, followed by an intensive testing and development period building up to its debut in late 2020.
The calendar is understood to run from December to August, in similar format to Formula E.
E-racing365 also understands that an initial race format could center around a FIFA World Cup-style group knockout phase for teams and drivers, along with an innovative TV production and broadcast plan that would see races filmed by drones.
Formula E manufacturers are believed to have been offered slots in the proposed series for an entry cost of €3 million ($3.5 million).
Operating costs, meanwhile, are estimated to be around €4 million ($4.6 million) per season, with an initial deadline for expressions of interest believed to be set for early next month.