The new Extreme E championship is carried on the baptismal font by Alejandro Agag, the promoter of Formula E, and his partner Gil de Ferran, the former Brazilian driver of IndyCar, with a first meeting fixed this weekend in Saudi Arabia.
Seven years after the launch of the FE, the Spanish businessman is therefore trying a new bet by adapting the rally-raid to electric propulsion through large buggies with the look of SUVs made by Spark Racing Technology, already a supplier of chassis in Formula E.
The events will be short due to the low range of these vehicles, more on the rallycross format, but should be spectacular.
Among the competitors entered, several world champions have created their teams, like Lewis Hamilton (Team X44) and Nico Rosberg (Rosberg Xtreme Racing) who will however leave the wheel to specialists such as Sébastien Loeb and the world champion. rallycross Thomas Kristoffersson, unlike Jenson Button (JBXE) and Carlos Sainz Sr (AccionaSainz XE) who will drive themselves.
The 2009 Formula 1 World Champion’s team has chosen the legendary colors of Brawn GP, as for its GT Jenson Team Rocket team entered this year in DTM, and will share the wheel of its Spark Odyssey 21 with Mikaela Ahlin-Kottunlinsky, small -daughter of a Dakar winner, according to the principle of mixed crew which is also the originality of this competition.
Button will also be able to count on the technical support of Lotus Engineering, expert in electric motorization of the Chinese group Geely, future partner of Alpine in this field. From there to finding the French brand in Extreme E in the future, there is only one step …
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