After many months of preparation, the Extreme E is ready to start its first championship through the Desert X Prix, which will be held this weekend and will take place in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia.
The proposal of this division is to appear in remote places on the planet to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. That is why you will use an electric prototype in the shape of an SUV called the ODYSSEY 21.
The series will offer a show very similar to the RallyCross, although in a more extensive circuit. There will be qualifying days and a final in which five of the nine participating teams will compete.
Most of the teams have experience in other championships, although there are also structures that will make their debut in motorsport, but with founders with a lot of history in the F1like the english Lewis Hamilton y Jenson Button and the German Nico Rosberg.
Another particularity that stands out to the Extreme E is that each team is made up of a man and a woman and it is mandatory that everyone drives the prototype in one of the two laps of each competition.
THE TEAMS OF THE EXTREME E
- ABT CUPRA XE - # 125 - Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen
- ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team - # 55 - Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz
- Andretti United - # 23 - Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings
- Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing - # 99 - Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price
- Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team - # 42 - Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli
- JBXE - # 22 - Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky
- Rosberg X Racing - # 6 - Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor
- Veloce Racing - # 5 - Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick
- X44 - # 44 - Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez
THE FORMAT OF THE EXTREME E
Each tie will consist of two rounds in which the two drivers alternate behind the wheel. Four cars will participate in each race, about 16 kilometers, and they will start in the first qualifying round from a drawn position. Each sleeve will distribute points for the first three (3, 2 and 1).
Five teams will participate in the final. Three will access through the semifinal (on the way there will be one) and two others will access the so-called Crazy race. The starting grid will be defined by the fans through the voting system GridPlay via Twitter with the hashtags #GridPlay and #NombreDelPiloto. It is worth noting that they are not races by time, but by finishing position.
On the other hand, the car that makes the longest jump at the first obstacle of the course will gain a power upgrade called “hyperboost”.
Upon its debut in the Saudi desert, the action will move to the Atlantic in Senegal; then it will go to the Arctic, in Greenland; will continue its course in the Amazon jungle, in Brazil, and, finally, it will descend to the end of the world to visit the Patagonia of Argentina.
The Desert X Prix alternatives can be followed through ESPN Extra Sunday from 21 in Argentina.