The forthcoming Extreme E series is shaping up to be one of the most exciting new racing championships and will include many familiar faces.
Most notably, ex-Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, and Nico Rosberg have all established their own teams for the championship. Recently, Rosberg and his team had the first opportunity to test out their vehicle for the first time.
All vehicles competing in the series feature the same mechanical components. As such, they pump out 550 hp and can sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds although during testing, power has been capped at 50 per cent. Teams are able to customize the bodywork of their vehicles. Rosberg’s team, dubbed Rosberg Xtreme Racing, has a black and aqua-colored livery. Competing for the team will be 3-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson and Australian Rally Championship winner Molly Taylor.
Other teams competing in the first year of the championship include Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti United, ABT Cupra XE, Team TECHEETAH, Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, and Veloce Racing, in addition to Hamilton’s X44 team and Button’s JBXE team. Among the most successful drivers competing in the championship will include Jenson Button, Timmy Hansen, Mattias Ekström, Sebastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz, Kyle LeDuc, and Jamie Chadwick.
The championship will start in April and see vehicles competing in extreme environments that have been adversely affected by climate change and environmental issues. Races will be held in Alula, Saudi Arabia; Lac Rose, Senegal; Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; Para, Brazil; and Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.