EXTREME E is a revolutionary new racing idea. This Xtreme motorsport is an all-electric off-road racing series. It's a project to bring electric racing to some of the world's most isolated locations, highlighting the climate change concerns that various ecosystems face while demonstrating the capability of all-electric SUVs in extreme conditions. Extreme E race is a competitive platform for advancing the development of electric vehicles to contribute to the establishment of a low-carbon, renewable-energy future.
This purpose-driven motorsport strives to promote sustainability and variety by racing in remote terrains to raise climate awareness. The extreme E races are held in various settings across the world, including rainforests, deserts, the icy Arctic, high altitudes, and ocean islands, to raise awareness of the world's environmental challenges.
All of the teams use the Odyssey 21 e-SUV. It weighs 1,650kg, has 540 horsepower, and accelerates from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds (at up to 103 percent gradients). The series also encourages gender equality in motorsport by requiring all teams to have female and male drivers equally share driving duties. Since all race locations are chosen to bring attention to various climate change issues, extreme E's "Legacy Program" helps those locations with social and environmental problems.
The Extreme e racing championship consists of five races that span four continents and take place in climate-affected areas.
These areas are:
Desert X Prix – Alula, Saudi Arabia
Ocean X Prix – Lac Rose, Senegal
Arctic X Prix – Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Amazon X Prix – Santarém, Pará, Brazil
Glacier X Prix – Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Over two days, teams of two drivers (one male, one female) compete against each other. A driver changeover ('the switch') is incorporated into the racing format, with each driver completing a lap behind the wheel. Each race consists of two laps covering approximately 18 kilometers.
Each driver has access to a 'Hyperdrive boost.' This boosts power for a specific amount of time and is activated via a button on the steering wheel.
Two qualifying rounds are held on the first racing day (Saturday), one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A draw is used to determine the starting order of the team.
Three races are held on the second day (Sunday). The teams are rated from 1 to 9 based on their combined qualifying times. The top three teams go to the semi-final 1 (SF1), where the top two compete in the Desert X Prix Final.
The top three teams advance to the 'Crazy Race,' with the winner qualifying for the Desert X Prix Final. The 'Shoot Out' is held for the bottom three teams.
The Desert X Prix Final winner determines the X Prix Winner!
Extreme E motorsports have announced that a partner series called Extreme H will run alongside its all-electric competition starting in 2024. The Extreme H cars will have the same powertrain as the Odyssey 21 EVs from Extreme E, but instead of batteries, they will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Although site transportation may include the use of ammonia or methanol as a carrier, the hydrogen utilized to power the automobile will come from green sources rather than fossil fuels.