A Hummer will go racing, but not that Hummer
New all-electric Hummer will debut in the inaugural Extreme E season
You thought 2020 was behind us, think again. Last year was known for many things including strange happenings. That seems to be continuing into 2021 as GMC announced a partnership that will have its new all-electric Hummer racing in the newly formed Extreme-E off road series.
The iconic vehicle, once known as a trophy for those who thumb their noses as the rest of the motoring public, and a vehicle that seemed to ignore fuel mileage numbers, will return to the show rooms as a more friendly to Mother Earth electric vehicle in 2022. Not content, GMC now wants to show it off in competition.
Tuesday GMC announced a new multiyear sponsorship with Chip Ganassi Racing for the team’s first electric racing venture in the inaugural Extreme E season in 2021 that will have the 550-horsepower electric SUV racing in the new Extreme-E series.
“I can’t think of a better fit than showcasing the look of GMC’s HUMMER EV in Extreme E with Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president, Performance and Motorsports. “Both GMC HUMMER EV and the Extreme E series are designed to be revolutionary – to challenge perceptions of electric vehicles and to showcase their true capability.”
Off-road racers Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price will serve as drivers for CGR in the series.
“It’s truly an honor to represent GMC, especially during such an exciting time in auto racing,” said Chip Ganassi, CGR team owner. “The new GMC HUMMER EV is going to be a game changer in terms of how the world views off-road EV capability, and we couldn’t be more proud to represent GMC in such an innovative new series.”
The Extreme E five-race global championship will take place in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles.
Season 1 Calendar
Desert X Prix: AlUla, Saudi Arabia: April 3-4, 2021
Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal: May 29-30, 2021
Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: Aug. 28-29, 2021
Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil: Oct. 23-24, 2021
Glacier X Prix: Patagonia, Argentina: Dec. 11-12, 2021
“We feel very proud to welcome GMC and its iconic GMC HUMMER EV to the Extreme E family, as it joins forces with our Chip Ganassi Racing team,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E. “Not only will Extreme E be a thrilling motorsport, it will also showcase the performance and benefits of electric vehicles.”