XE launches with Hamilton, Rosberg's teams & others unveiling liveries
The new Extreme E championship officially launched Tuesday, with Nico Rosberg's team, as well as Lewis Hamilton's, and others revealing liveries.
Extreme E had an official launch event Tuesday, albeit virtual, with liveries of all teams that will contest the new-for-2021 electric series being displayed being revealed, and details of the championship, disclosed.
With Nicki Shields there to introduce each Extreme E teams' livery, rendered onto an AR version of their Odyssey 21, Lewis Hamilton's X44 team were the first to present, showcasing a predominantly purple livery with their bold logo emblazoned on the side.
Abt Cupra unveiled their livery shortly thereafter, it featuring a largely gray color scheme with gold and lighter-gray accents. The team also had their driver, Mattias Ekstrom play a part in their presentation. A female driver, required in the line-up by the Extreme E regulations, was not present.
Related to Veloce Esports, Veloce Racing were the third Extreme E team to reveal their livery, which includes a neon green undertray, with similarly colored accents contrasting a blackish gray base layer. The accents were appreciated by many as an attractive design element.
Andretti United Autosport - a team with which McLaren boss Zak Brown has ties - later released their Extreme E car's livery, which shares similar colors to the American flag, the US being the home base of this particular operation. After, Techeetah - expanding their involvement in electric racing after involvement in Formula E - showed off their livery.
The American Chip Ganassi Racing team, immediately off the back of their IndyCar title win with Scott Dixon, were the next to reveal their livery, also announcing a driver line-up comprised of Sara Price, and Kyle LeDuc, both coming from off-road truck racing.
A competitor in open-wheel racing categories, HWA were the seventh Extreme E team to present, with a livery reminiscent of those used by the team and its parent company Mercedes across motorsport. It features a grayish-silver base color, with turquoise also present. With a similar livery in many respects, QEV Technologies displayed their car shortly after.
The final team to do so, Rosberg Xtreme Racing presented their car at the bottom of the show, with an undeniably striking livery. A glossy black base is overlaid by turquoise coloring on this car as well.
More details of the six-race Extreme E schedule were also revealed, the season beginning on the 20th-21st of March in Saudi Arabia in Al Ula, dubbed the Desert X Prix. In Senegal Lac Rose will host the second round, the Ocean X Prix, taking place from the 29th to the 30th of May.
Greenland's Kangerlussusaq round (August 28th-29th) will mark the halfway point of the season with the Arctic X Prix, before the circus carries on in Brazil's Para across the 23rd and 24th of October with Amazon X Prix. The season will end with Glacier X Prix in Argentina's Patagonia, which replaces Nepal's Himalayan round, on the 11th and 12th of December.
Within each Extreme E weekend will be five races, culminating in a sixth race - a final - on Sunday. Four races held Saturday, each with as many competitors, will serve as Qualifying, with two races for Qualifying round one, and two for Qualifying round two. Each drivers' starting positions for Qualifying one will be decided by a random draw.
The top four scorers in these races go on to semi-final one on Sunday, and the bottom four, on to semi-final two. The first three teams in semi-final one go on to the finals, as does the winning car of semi-final two. The four cars then fight it out in the final race.
“Our Virtual Launch has been an incredible format to unveil our Season 1 calendar and the team cars, whilst also refining our virtual experience capabilities – a key theme of Extreme E – particularly during the time of COVID-19," said Alejandro Agag.
"Our team has been working really hard behind the scenes and despite the pandemic and the challenges it has provided, we are on track for our first race in March 2021. The series has gained massive momentum with no less than two Formula One World Champions signing up with their own teams alongside other powerhouses in the motorsport world, and there is much more to come as we announce drivers in the coming months."
[This story was written by me for FormulaRapida and edited by Darshan Chokhani]