What is Extreme E? Here's a quick rundown
The inaugural season of the off-road race is coming next year, which gives us the time to understand what Extreme E is..
If you thought that the modernisation of motorsport would stop with the Formula E, you would be absolutely incorrect, because a new type of electric motorsport has emerged, and it seems to be Dakar but with a heart powered by electricity instead of fuel, and its goal is more ambitious than just pure entertainment.
The Extreme E was founded by current boss of Formula E Alejandro Agag, and is set to have its inaugural season in March 2021. Several teams have been confirmed to participate in the championship, including Lewis Hamilton's X44, Cupra, Abt Sportsline and Chip Ganassi Racing.
Like in Formula E, all of the teams will be using the same car: the Spark ODYSSEY 21, which can do 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and has 550bhp. However, the teams will be permitted to change body panels.
The championship also aims to be progressive not only in terms of technology, but also in terms of gender equality, as the championship's rules state that each team must field one male and one female driver.
As I have said previously, this championship aims to be about more than just pure entertainment, as the teams will be racing in locations that have been damaged by climate change, which the management sees as an opportunity to raise awareness about the issue - I got to admit, it's way better than allowing a mentally insane Swedish girl to run around the world and condemn the adults and governments for not doing anything.
I also forgot to mention that Extreme E have also established something called a "Legacy Programme", which aims to provide social and environmental support for those locations, meaning that a lot of the money earned by the championship will be used to contribute to a good cause, and will not be all spent in one night on women and alcohol by some billionaire
So what's the conclusion? What is Extreme E? In my opinion, it seems to be an attempt to make a Dakar for the youth while also trying to use the profits earned to help severely affected regions recover, and I think that's a really great thing. Can't wait to tune in next March and see how impressive this is!