Extreme E invites virtual audience on electric odyssey
Electric cars were once written off as slow and faddish. Extreme E gives such critics a real run for their money. Through the Electric Odyssey, Extreme E has given its virtual audience a glimpse into the future, with a new range of high-speed electric SUVs for 2020 and beyond.
The Electric Odyssey is Extreme E’s window into the world of electric off-road racing cars coming your way in 2021. Timed to mark the start of a countdown until the championship’s first race in March 2021, teams assembled virtually from across the world to showcase CGI renditions of their car liveries.
Central to the virtual event were embodiments of Extreme E’s three pillars – electrification, environment and equality. Hosted by Extreme E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag and co-presenter Nicki Shields, the online audience were treated to an extensive run-through of the racing season ahead.
Some of the most high-profile racers gave special cameos during the hour-and-a-half-long event, including Lewis Hamilton, representing Team X44.
State-of-the-art launch puts Extreme E on calendar
One of the first things apparent from the live-stream of this week’s Extreme E launch was its slick presentational style. Season One, which officially gets underway in March 2021, will kick-start in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. The Season takes a breather before returning with a second leg in Nigeria, a third in Greenland and a penultimate stage to be held in Brazil.
Each round of the Season has its own theme: Desert, Ocean, Arctic and Amazon X Prix. The grand finale of the event, titled Glacier X Prix, is scheduled to be held in Patagonia, Argentina in December 2021. It will cap off an impressive inaugural season of state-of-the-art electric SUVs in action out in the field for the first time.
It is a truly apt place for the Season to conclude, as the venue is referred to colloquially as the Fin del Mundo (the End of the World), with sweeping glaciers and breath-taking icy vistas. The presence of the racers at the Fin Del Mundo is intended to raise awareness of the immediate threat of retreating glaciers due to climate change. In addition, the cars will showcase just how electric cars can outdo their gas-guzzling SUV cousins, no matter what the terrain.
Extreme–E Season 1 (2021) calendar:
20-21 March 2021: Desert X Prix: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia
29-30 May 2021: Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal
28-29 August 2021: Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussusaq, Greenland
23-24 October 2021: Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil
11-12 December 2021: Glacier X Prix: Patagonia, Argentina
More to follow in coming months
Extreme E fans can expect further exciting announcements in the coming months. Alejandro Agag explained:
“The series has gained massive momentum, with no less than two Formula One™ World Champions signing up with their own teams alongside other powerhouses in the motorsport world, and there is much more to come as we announce drivers in the coming months.”
As the virtual event’s name suggests, each racer is expected to be getting behind the wheels of an Odyssey 21 model, an electric-only SUV capable of going from 0-100km/hour in just 4.5 seconds, at gradients as steep as 130 per cent.
Each car was given distinctive livery, all unveiled at the Electric Odyssey launch with the latest CGI animation. Manufactured by Spark Racing Technology, they will function using a cutting-edge battery from Williams Advanced Engineering. Purpose-built tyres will help each driver navigate the variety of terrains.
It’s all just a matter of time before electric racing fans get to see the model for real, and based on this week’s Electric Odyssey launch, they won’t be disappointed