Lewis Hamilton joins the electric movement with his own Extreme E team
The inaugural Extreme E sounds positively exciting
Formula E revolutionized motorsport because it indirectly forced manufacturers to rethink their strategies and take electric racing seriously. The all-electric single-seater championship gained momentum and grew exponentially across six seasons and around a year ago Alejandro Agag, the man behind Formula E, publicly announced a new spin-off championship called Extreme E.
The simple yet genius idea is to use electric Dakar-style off-roaders to race in remote locations across the globe to raise awareness about climate change.
As things stand, eight teams have announced their intention to compete in Extreme E: Abt Sportline, Techeetah, Andretti, Chip Ganassi Racing, HWA, QEV, Veloce and Team X44 which, as some of you probably already know and as the name suggests, is Lewis Hamilton's team.
Hamilton is a racing driver and a businessman but as we all know he's also very vocal about sensitive subjects including climate change. This move also marks Hamilton's first role in team ownership and he said this is "an exciting new project and it will be fun to have a different role from being the team driver". Hamilton believes in the idea and he also added that "every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, together with my love for our planet, to have a positive impact".
X44 will use 550-bhp Odyssey 21 E-SUVs with purple racing colours with two drivers - one female and one male, as mandated by Extreme E’s rules - yet to be announced.
The provisional schedules consists of five races with the inaugural 'Ocean' race set to take place in Lac Rose, Senegal on 22–24 January 2021 . Each race represents a territory or region threatened by climate change and after the Ocean race, the following four races will take place in Al- 'Ula, Saudi Arabia (Desert) in March; Kali Gandaki Gorge in Nepal (Glacier) in May; on Russell Glacier in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (Arctic) in August and in Pará, Brazil (Amazon Rainforest) in October.