This year will mark the debut of the Extreme E, the electrical category that promises to innovate in many aspects. One of them is related to gender equality already that teams must have a man and a woman as drivers to alternate driving a single vehicle.
The new championship, which will start on April 3, 2021 in Al-Ula (Saudi Arabia), is on a mission to use its sport-specific platform to achieve two important goals: raising awareness about the climate crisis and the role of clean energy mobility, and eradicating preconceptions about gender differences in motor sport.
Extreme E will feature a host of top-tier female riders, such as the 2019 W Series champion, Jamie Chadwick; Off-Road Truck Champion and X Games Medalist, Sara price; and the Australian rally champion, Molly taylor, who will take on some of the biggest names in motorsports, such as the F.1 champion, Jenson Button, and the WRC legend, Sébastien Loeb, and all this taking place in some of the most remote places in the world.
The Extreme E events, called X Prix, will be held on two laps of circuits located in remote places on the planet. The team must choose, according to its own strategy, which of the drivers leaves in each lap, something that guarantees a level playing field between the competitors.
“We seek equality and the Extreme E sports format is the most faithful reflection of that goal. Everyone will race together and only the most effective combination of drivers, team, engineers and car will make it to the top. I think our competition format will challenge all drivers, men and women, which is what makes this concept so exciting. There is no shortage of female pilots good enough to fill the seats. ", he assured Alexander Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme
However, what is Agag's ultimate goal? Completely end the emphasis on the gender of the pilot: “I want one day the participation and achievement of women in motorsport to reach such levels that it is simply not an anecdote. Then I will be happy… ”.
“Extreme E is an exciting and innovative example of the progress of gender equality within motorsports. By choosing to challenge traditional norms, Extreme E sets a new benchmark by including and engaging a broader group. From the challenge comes change, and through the vision of Alejandro Agag and the talent of many women like Jamie Chadwick, Extreme E accelerates opportunities for all ”, he claimed Glenda slingsby, Engagement Officer for International Women's Day.
Extreme E's inaugural race, the X Prix of the Desert, will be played on April 3 and 4, 2021 in Al-Ula (Saudi Arabia), before continuing with the X Ocean Prix in Lago Rosa (Senegal), from May 29 to 30, 2021. The X Arctic Prix will take place in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, on August 28-29, 2021, before the series heads to South America for the X Amazon Prix in Pará, Brazil, October 23 and 24, 2021, and the end, the X Prix of the Glacier in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, on December 11 and 12, 2021.
In addition to having a gender-positive sports format, this five-race global journey highlights the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the most remote places in the world and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles in the pursuit of a lower carbon future for the planet.