FIA Extreme E

RasputinLives

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What is Extreme E? I keep hearing it being mentioned so I did some reading up and found out. It's a racing series which will use electric SUVs (specifically the Sparks Odyssey SUV) in extreme areas of the world. Apparently this is all to raise awareness of climate change but that seems to contradict itself when they are tearing round Antarctica and rain forests etc. However it does seem to be quite a unique set up for a series.

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The idea is that there will be 8 teams each running one car but with two drivers - one male and one female. The weekend will consist of 5 races with 4 cars racing at a time. 2 qualifying races, 2 semi finals and a final. Each race will have 2 laps with one lap driven by one driver and the second by the other. Both will be onboard for both laps so I'm assuming they'll be a Starsky and Hutch roll over the bonnet change over at the end of lap one.

The unique bit about the series will be where they are racing. Season one seems to have been divided up into Crystal Maze like zones.

Ocean in Senegal
Desert in Saudi Arabia
Glacier in Nepal
Artic in Greenland
Rainforest in Brazil

7 of the 8 teams have been announced and include Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti, HWA, Abt and Teechetah. The other two being the previously unheard of (by me) Veloce Racing (based in the UK) and QEV Technologies (based in Spain).

The only drivers officially announced are, the previously unheard of by me, American pairing of Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price for Chip Ganassi. There is a list of drivers that has been released by Extreme E that the other teams will chose from. It includes the likes of Lucas Di Grassi, Sam Bird, Daniel Abt, Billy Monger, Jamie Chadwick, Katherine Legge, Sacha Prost, Bruno Senna, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Simeona De Silvistro.

This is obviously coming from the same people that have brought you Formula E and, as I expressed before, there 'highlighting climate change' message doesn't seem to fit with big SUVs churning up mountains in Nepal but the whole thing does sound interesting. Apparently the BBC will be showing full coverage but then they say that about other things as well. There is also a documentary being made on the prep for it. Apparently the first episode aired on CH4 in June but I must have missed it.

The whole thing doesn't start until January so this thread is a bit early but does it peek anyone's interest? Or will it just bomb and be written off as an experiment?
 

Dartman

Podium Finisher
Very green and ecological, looking at the venues it would seem the whole circus will be powered by diesel generators, can't see many where they will have solar charging facilities, this really is the ultimate in trying to produce a green propaganda marketing exercise that fails at the plug socket.
 

RasputinLives

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Well well. Extreme E just earned its biggest PR golden goose egg. Enter Lewis Hamilton.


Very interested to see how he goes with this. Kind of goes with this environmental ethos and also his first time dipping his toe into the water on life outside F1. Can't imagine Liberty Media are happy their prized cow is elsewhere. Bernie would never have stood for it.
 

The Artist.....

Champion Elect
Well well. Extreme E just earned its biggest PR golden goose egg. Enter Lewis Hamilton.


Very interested to see how he goes with this. Kind of goes with this environmental ethos and also his first time dipping his toe into the water on life outside F1. Can't imagine Liberty Media are happy their prized cow is elsewhere. Bernie would never have stood for it.
I've not been able to get any clarity as to whether Hamilton will actually race any of Extreme E - or will simply be a team-owner?

The nearest I can think to this was when Alonso owned a Tour-de-France team...
 

RasputinLives

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I read it as team owner. Pretty certain given his talk of diversity his drivers will end up being Billy Monger and Jamie Chadwick but we'll see

Whichever it is it's a great PR coup for the series and starts to link him in with Formula E as well given Formula Extreme is it's twin series.
 
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