All-Electric ‘Extreme E’ SUV Series Will Race In The Himalayas And The Arctic From 2020

Formula E is developing a new racing series dedicated towards electric SUVs dubbed ‘Extreme E’ which will race across some of the world’s toughest terrain.

Motorsport reports that the series is expected to launch in 2020 and has already been presented to manufacturers. All of the vehicles will be based around a common chassis, but entrants will be able to develop their own electric motors and bodywork.

Former racer and recently appointed McLaren Formula 1 sporting director Gil de Ferran and Formula E chief executive and founder Alejandro Agag are leading the project.

“Extreme E – all I can say is that it’s a new project that will be operated by Formula E. Formula E will take over the operation of that new project – the new project is still in very early stages”, Agag said.

“But hopefully Gil de Ferran, who is leading the project, will do an announcement soon with more details. But that’s all I can say.”

It will be interesting to see which manufacturers will enter the series, but the organizers have been prompted to use SUV-shaped vehicles due to the ever-increasing demand for such vehicles.

Extreme E will reportedly race through locations including the Himalayas and the Arctic Circle.

In the last couple of years, Formula E has become a hotbed for electric vehicle development and is proving particularly important for automakers wanting to promote their EVs. Season six will see the addition of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche to the field that already includes Audi Sport, BMW, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Nio, Mahindra Racing and Venturi Automobiles.

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  • sidewaysspin

    Now they’re both going to melt for sure.

    • Dude

      …in the Arctic and Himalayas?

      Though when do race it hot places it will be interesting to see how they engineer around the heat.

  • LeStori

    And the whole world yawned with excitement. Nothing really new to see. Move along. Move a long.

  • fabri99

    Will this be some kind of rally, or actual on-track rallycross-like racing? It will be interesting to see what car makers will come up with and how this EVs will perform in the toughest considions possible.

    • Mr. EP9

      I hope so otherwise it sounds silly. On the bright side, I don’t see these things rolling over at high speed considering most of the weight will be at the bottom.

  • Gen Flauta

    This must be a golden opportunity for a company like Mitsubishi, where they have rally experience + they’re now focused on non-electrified and electrified crossovers.

  • Randy Terpstra

    There’s a made rush to convince us, that EVs will save the planet and then….you bring the circus to environmentally fragile regions. Really? You can’t even make this stuff up.

  • What’s the point of this beside promoting EV for big corporations, shouldn’t this series talk about “Green” ?

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