The inaugural Extreme E all-electric rally race is now in the books – and it was mighty exciting!
The Extreme E all-electric rally is absolutely filled with the best-of-the-best race drivers. Stars from F1, WRC, Dakar, and more participated in the very first qualifying and racing in Saudi Arabia. There are five rounds in Extreme E, and they range from the Arctic to the Amazon, and include places like Saudi Arabia. Every team must field a male and female driver.
The whole purpose of this racing series is to draw attention to climate change while showing the world that EV racing has serious potential in our future. They do this by significantly lowering the environmental footprint of a race series while keeping their race entertaining, and evenly matched. It also paves the way for automakers to find ways of incorporating EV tech into future off-road platforms.
The Odyssey 21 is the EV racing platform everyone uses.
Despite the remarkable performance and speed, the Odyssey 21 electric rally SUV is an extremely safe vehicle. Many vehicles crashed throughout qualifying and the race. In one case, there was a multi-car collision. Despite the crashes and teething problems, no major injuries were reported.
Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor won the inaugural race driving for Nico Rosberg’s team “Rosberg X Racing.” Timmy Hansen and Catie Munnings finished second driving for Andretti United. Owner/manager – Lewis Hamilton’s team, with drivers Sebastian Loeb and Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez, aced the first place sport in qualifying. Hamilton’s X44 team suffered technical issues and finished third.
Upon completing the race, all the teams will load up all of their vehicles and equipment onto St. Helena, and set sail. The ships next port and race – Senegal this May.
In the future, we expect to see other stars shine at these rallies. Champions like Carlos Sainz, Claudia Huertgen, Jenson Button, and Kyle Leduc – among many others.
Stay tuned for more race coverage from Extreme E!