New Extreme E series will see male and female drivers swap seats mid-race
The off-road electric series will see a male and female driver in each car
A new off-road electric racing series has said it will feature mid-race seat swaps, with each team fielding a male and female driver.
Extreme E, which is being launched by Alejandro Agag – the man behind Formula E – will feature two-lap races, with driver swapping places after the first lap so that both men and women act as both driver and co-driver. The cars are full electric, 550-horsepower SUVs and race in a heats, semi-finals and final format in five remote locations around the world. All cars will race at the same time, wheel-to-wheel.
Agag, who is the series' founder and CEO, said: “This is a first in motor racing. We are ensuring with our sporting format that drivers of all backgrounds will be able to compete with the same tools at their disposal at every event on the calendar.
“We are striving for equality, and this sporting format is the truest reflection of that goal. There is no separate race to be run for one group of people or another. Everybody will race together and the most effective combination of drivers, team, engineer and car will rise to the top.”
The organisers hope that the series will champion equality and the impact of climate change, as well as great racing. More details about the series will be released in the coming weeks, with the first championship due to start in early 2021. The provisional calendar will see races in Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Greenland and Brazil.
A documentary, directed by Oscar-winner Fisher Stevens (The Cove, Before the Flood) is being shot about the series to highlight the environmental threats to each race location.