BREAKING NEWS: McLaren Joins Extreme E for 2022
Yet another new venture for McLaren begins...
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McLaren Racing will embark on a new motorsport chapter in 2022 when it enters a team into Extreme E - the innovative all-electric off-road series which aims to use racing to promote sustainability and diversity.
McLaren will compete in the five-race global championship, helping to accelerate McLaren Racing’s own sustainability and diversity agenda, whilst also reaching out to new fans and partners, thus growing the McLaren Racing brand and franchise.
The decision to enter Extreme E follows a detailed evaluation of the series by McLaren against a set of strategic, economic and operational criteria. These were underpinned by a clear imperative for accelerating McLaren Racing’s own sustainability mission, which places carbon reduction, the recycling, reuse and elimination of waste, and diversity, equality and inclusion at its core.
Extreme E highlights the impact of climate change in some of the world’s most remote environments, promotes the adoption of electric vehicles to pave the way for a lower carbon future, and provides a world-first gender-equal motorsport platform.
The team will be operated by McLaren Racing using both existing personnel from outside the Formula 1 programme and additional specialist resource. Like all teams, McLaren Racing is limited to four mechanics and one engineer at each event for the one-make car and its two drivers, transported by Extreme E as part of the overall franchise package.
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Alejando Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E had this to say:
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Zak and the powerhouse McLaren Racing team to Extreme E, and it’s safe to say, we can’t wait to see how the team performs in its first off-road, electric racing debut. Season 2 just got very exciting!”
The news follows the announcement that McLaren will be also looking to join the Formula E grid for 2022/2023 season.
What do you think of the news? Who would you want to see racing for McLaren in Extreme E? Let me know in the comments below.