Extreme E Announces Revised Calendar For 2021
A revised start date and a brand new country joins the calendar for Extreme E Season 1.
Extreme E presented their global launch ahead of their inaugural season in 2021, which featured the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Zak Brown, Chip Ganassi and many more.
Each teams representatives also took this opportunity to speak of their goals in Extreme E, their journey to now and unveil their eyecatching new liveries ahead of the new season.
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Co-presented by founder and CEO of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag, the global launch also focused on the message behind the series. Agag said: "Our goal is to be climate positive series which means we remove more carbon from the world than we put in"
"We will go the extra mile to create a positive impact."
The global launch also went into detail on the Odyssey-21, the chassis all the teams will be using for the 2021 season, unveiling that teams can change the bodywork to replicate road cars or however they see fit, as well as unveiling that teams will be able to use their own Powertrains from season 3 onwards.
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One in, one out; Argentina replaces Nepal on the calendar. Credits: @ExtremeELive on twitte
One of the big announcements made during the course of the launch was the revised calendar.
Extreme E had originally planned to kick off its inaugural season in January 2021 in Dakar, Senegal, however, today it has been announced the new season has been pushed back to March 20th-21st 2021 and will instead take place in Sharaan, Saudi Arabia, with Senegal taking place 29th-30th May.
There was also an exciting new addition to the now confirmed 2021 calendar: Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina, replacing Nepal.
Dubbed the Glacier X-Prix, the race weekend will take place 11th-12th December and promises to be a cold one.
Tierra Del Fuego is located in the most southern part of Patagonia and is often known referred to as 'the end of the world' or 'the final frontier' due to its location at the bottom of South America, with the next place to its south being Antarctica.
Teams will have already had experience racing in icy conditions as they visit Kangerlussuaq, Greenland earlier in the season which also promises to be a chilly affair.
Extreme E aren't just going to Patagonia to race, but also to raise awareness of the rapid effect climate change is having on its environment.
Extreme E's website explains the problem: "The most noticeable impacts of climate change in Patagonia are the fast glacier margin recession, thinning of the ice cover, elevation of the regional snowline, and the reduction of Andean areas under permafrost conditions."
"At the present rate of ice recession, most, if not all of the cirque glaciers in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego will disappear during the next two decades"
Argentina joins Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Greenland and Brazil in hosting an X-Prix for the 2021 season.
Missed the global launch? You can rewatch it here: