Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport have become the first two American racing teams to join the newest racing series – an automotive extreme sporting event.
The electric SUV off road racing series is set to begin next year with a five race series in various extreme locations around the globe.
With races scheduled in Greenland, the Amazon, Senegal, Nepal, and Saudi Arabia; league officials are calling it, “some of the most remarkable, remote and severely damaged locations on the planet.”
Race fans who are science buffs will recognize the locations as those with issues involving climate change including global warming, melting ice, carbon emissions, deforestation, drought, and rising sea levels.
The new racing league has planned to use an Odyssey 21 E-SUV.
The teams will include both male and female drivers to participate in two day races in a head to head knockout. In a two lap race, each driver will take one lap behind the wheel with a driver change incorporated in the race.
Speaking on the adventure, Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti said, “the current Covid-19 crisis is bringing attention to a changing world, and our traditional mindsets have to adapt with that. We feel that announcing now can help bring hope for the future of motorsport and a new focus to the sustainability message. I believe the entire motorsport industry is going to emerge from this time stronger than ever, and I look forward to seeing our team join Extreme E to do our part in leaving an impactful legacy in each race location.”
Chip Ganassi also spoke on the new venture saying, “I’ve always been passionate about pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and Extreme E checks that box for us in a big way. It represents an opportunity in motor racing to use the latest technologies to attract a new, younger audience to this great sport. Everything about Extreme E is cool, from the car to the race format and the in-built technology. We’re thrilled to join the championship and to play a part in developing the future of our sport.”
The cars are not the only aspect of the series that will see new innovations; it will also feature remote broadcasting, cross platform coverage for fans, and a “floating garage called the RMS St. Helena” all designed to minimize the carbon footprint of the series.
The RMS St. Helena is a former Royal Mail cargo and passenger ship which is being refitted and will be used to transport equipment including the cars to the racing locations. The ship will also feature a laboratory for scientific research.
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