Extreme E Launches Liveries of Electric SUV’s for ’21 Season and They’re, Well, Extreme
Extreme E teams unveiled their 2021 liveries at a virtual launch party on Tuesday.
And, yes, the launches were all pretty extreme.
The all-electric off-road SUV racing teams joined from their home bases in the U.K., Germany, Spain, the United States and Asia and showed off CGI animation of their liveries for the inaugural season set to begin March 20-21 in Saudi Arabia. Teams in this inaugural season include Andretti United, Chip Ganassi Racing from the U.S., and teams fielded by F1 champions Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Extreme E is stressing electrification, environment and equality in its mission statement.
The series was founded by Alejandro Agag, who founded the Formula E open-wheel series.
“I’m excited by Extreme E due to its focus on the environment and its mission to raise awareness about climate change, something which is really close to my heart and I’m really passionate about,” F1 champion Hamilton said. “It gives an opportunity for me to be able to merge my love of motor racing together with my love for the planet, and I think by bringing those two together we can have a positive impact. I think naturally being aware of the platform that I have and my position I naturally have a responsibility to be a positive force for change.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own team I just never knew when it would be and when I heard about Extreme E I jumped right at it because of what the series means, what the series is going to do, it’s going to be quite powerful I think.”
2021 Extreme E Schedule
Desert X Prix: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia; March 20-21
Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal; May, 29-30
Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussusaq, Greenland; August 28-29
Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil; October 23-24, 2021
Glacier X Prix: Patagonia, Argentina; December, 11-12
Here’s a look at the Odyssey 21 SUVs that teams will be driving in 2021:
ABT has five Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) titles, and it won the Formula E title with driver Lucas di Grassi in 2016-17. Mattias Eckstrom is the team’s driver in Extreme E.
Andretti United Extreme E is a racing union of U.S-based Andretti Autosport and England’s United Autosports. The team includes McLaren F1 CEO Zak Brown and former racing driver Richard Dean on the United side, and IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti on the Andretti side. Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen will drive the team’s Odyssey 21.
Chip Ganassi Racing adds Extreme E to his stable that already includes three cars in the NTT IndyCar Series and two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team has race shop facilities in Indianapolis, and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh. Sara Price and Kyle Leduc will drive.
Germany-based HWA races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and has been a mainstay in the DTM series. The team has yet to select its drivers for the Extreme E series.
The Odyssey 21 is the series’ electric SUV, which can go from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, at gradients of up to 130 percent.
It is manufactured by Spark Racing Technology, with a battery produced by Williams Advanced Engineering. Tires are purpose built and designed by Continental Tires.
QEV Technologies is a global electric mobility and automotive technology company based in Barcelona, Spain. The team has yet to announce its drivers for 2021 in the Extreme E series.
Led by 2016 Formula 1 champion and sustainability entrepreneur Nico Rosberg, the team is an evolution of Team Rosberg, founded in 1994 by Nico’s father and 1982 F1 World Champion, Keke Rosberg. The team has yet to announce its drivers for 2021.
Techeeta is one of the most successful teams in Formula E and won both the team and driver (Antonio Felix da Costa) championships in the 2019-20 season.
This team as one of the more interesting back stories in the sport. Veloce is a sister organization of Veloce Esports. Its management and technical team includes former F1 and Formula E driver Jean-Eric Vergne and Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey.
X44 is led by team owner and six-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton. This is Hamilton’s first venture into team ownership.
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