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McLaren names Saudi-backed Neom as Formula E, Extreme E title sponsor

McLaren has announced a new strategic partnership with Neom, a government-backed smart city project in Saudi Arabia, that will serve as the title sponsor of its electric racing teams.

The future of CUPRA in racing is electric

The Spanish brand is officially immersed in Extreme E and ETCR, two fully electric championships with competition formats designed for the new generation. According to Wayne Griffiths, CEO of SEAT CUPRA, this is going to be the way forward for the coming years.

Tricky start to 2022 Extreme E season for Al-Attiyah and Kleinschmidt

A collision, a penalty, and much information gathered: the first round of the 2022 Extreme E competition hasn’t met CUPRA’s expectations.

Desert X-Prix: Rosberg X Racing triumph in red-flagged final

Rosberg X Racing began its Extreme E title defence with victory in a dramatic Desert X-Prix final in Saudi Arabia which was disrupted by a red flag.

Desert X-Prix: Hamilton's X44 squad tops qualifying heats

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team continued its unbeaten Extreme E qualifying run by topping the qualifying heats at the Desert X Prix, as the second season got underway in Saudi Arabia.

Extreme E reveals hydrogen offshoot plan for 2024

All-electric off-road series Extreme E is planning to organise a hydrogen offshoot for 2024 to be known as Extreme H that will run alongside its sister series.

Why McLaren has taken its unprecedented off-road left turn

McLaren will be in distinctly unfamiliar territory this weekend as it makes its Extreme E debut. But this rugged left turn serves as a means to an end to inspire a greater good

F1 champion Button's Extreme E team confirmed for 2022

Formula 1 champion Jenson Button’s Extreme E team will contest the second season of the electric SUV series and has signed defending champion Molly Taylor for the opening round.

McLaren reveals livery and team for 2022 Extreme E debut

McLaren has revealed the livery and team for its inaugural Extreme E campaign in 2022.

Sainz stays in Extreme E as 2022 grid takes shape

World Rally champion Carlos Sainz and team-mate Laia Sanz will remain in Extreme E in 2022 as the grid nears completion subject to the finances of Jenson Button’s JBXE squad.

Defending Extreme E champion Molly Taylor splits with Rosberg team

Defending Extreme E champion Molly Taylor has split with the Rosberg X Racing team.

Abt XE team signs Al-Attiyah to replace departing Ekstrom

The Abt Cupra Extreme E team has hired four-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah to replace Mattias Ekstrom as team-mate to Jutta Kleinschmidt for the 2022 season.

Loeb, Gutierrez to remain in XE with Hamilton's X44 team

The X44 Extreme E team owned by Lewis Hamilton and operated by Prodrive has retained the services of Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez for the 2022 season.

Woolridge joins Veloce Racing for 2022 Extreme E season

Veloce Racing has completed a full switch of its Extreme E driver line-up for 2022 as Lance Woolridge takes the full-time seat alongside Christine Giampaoli Zonca.

Veloce replaces Chadwick with Giampaoli Zonca in Extreme E line-up

The Veloce Racing Extreme E team has replaced W Series champion Jamie Chadwick with Christine Giampaoli Zonca, who breaks away from the departing Xite Energy Racing setup.

How motorsport’s new eco series fared in its debut season Plus

How motorsport’s new eco series fared in its debut season

A brand new motorsport series with a disruptive credo will inevitably suffer teething problems. But the electric off-road series put on a spectacular show in its debut season and laid a positive foundation for the future, if manufacturers decide to follow suit

Extreme E reveals plans for 2022 season

Extreme E has revealed a near-finalised calendar for its second season in 2022.

How Rosberg triumphed over Hamilton in 2021's final showdown

The last hurrah of the 2021 motorsport season boiled down to another Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamilton head-to-head. As in 2016, it was the former who won out, his RXR Extreme E team prevailing in a tiebreaker following a tense final round of the all-electric off-road series at Dorset's muddy Bovington military base

Fine margins combine to decide finalists at Jurassic X-Prix

In the most closely contested Extreme E event of the season, fine margins added up to making the difference between qualifying for the Jurassic X-Prix final and missing out.

Jurassic X-Prix: RXR seals Extreme E title on countback, X44 wins finale

Rosberg X Racing has clinched the inaugural Extreme E championship title thanks to its three event wins in 2021 after drawing on points with Jurassic X-Prix victor X44.

RXR and X44 teams to fight for title in Jurassic X-Prix final

Rosberg X Racing and Lewis Hamilton’s X44 squad will spar for the inaugural Extreme E title in the Jurassic X-Prix season finale after seizing semi-final victories in Dorset.

Jurassic X-Prix: Hamilton's squad completes Extreme E qualifying clean sweep

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 squad completed a qualifying clean sweep during Extreme E’s inaugural season by heading the second shootout and overall times for the Jurassic X-Prix finale in Dorset.

Hamilton's X44 team sets Q1 pace ahead of Extreme E finale

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team set the early Extreme E qualifying pace as it bids to wrest the championship away from Rosberg X Racing in the Jurassic X-Prix season finale.

Extreme E drivers say their "life depends" on wipers in muddy Jurassic event

Extreme E drivers reckon their “life literally depends” on their windscreen wipers to navigate “split-seconds of disaster” in the muddy and puddle-lined Jurassic X-Prix season finale in Dorset.

Sainz XE team tops Jurassic X-Prix practice, X44 has edge on RXR

The Extreme E team co-founded by Carlos Sainz Sr topped practice for the Jurassic X-Prix, while Lewis Hamilton’s X44 crew had the edge on championship rival Rosberg X Racing.

Extreme E cars strengthened for Jurassic X-Prix in bid to improve reliability

Spark Racing Technology has moved to beef up the standardised Extreme E car with stronger components for the Jurassic X-Prix after a litany of failures have dogged the debut season.

Female drivers to start final Extreme E round following rules adjustment

Extreme E has mandated that the teams’ female drivers must take the race start in the season finale Jurassic X-Prix this weekend in the latest adjustment to the race format.

Abt Cupra team to continue in Extreme E for 2022

The Abt Cupra Extreme E team has announced it will continue in the electric off-road championship in 2022.

12 country provisional Extreme E calendar was ploy to attract highest bidders

The release of a provisional 2022 Extreme E calendar featuring no fewer than 12 countries for a five-round campaign was a deliberate ploy to attract the highest bidders.

Agag defends Extreme E visiting wealthy economies in climate push

Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag has offered his defence for the championship racing in some of the world’s richest economies during its inaugural 2021 season.

How teams prepare for the unique challenges of an Extreme E X-Prix

Extreme E’s races are held in unique locations, from the desert dunes of Saudi Arabia to glacial river beds in Greenland. Preparing for each event poses a tough challenge for the competitors in the all-electric off-road series.

Veloce drops Sarrazin for Extreme E finale in Dorset

Veloce Racing has dropped Stephane Sarrazin for the final round of the inaugural Extreme E campaign in Dorset to test probable 2022 driver Lance Woolridge with Jamie Chadwick.

FE and Extreme E race director Elkins appointed in same role for DTM

Formula E and Extreme E race director Scot Elkins has been appointed in the same role for the DTM and its Trophy support championship for the 2022 season.

Why Pure ETCR champion Cupra chooses electric motorsport

The momentum behind electric motorsport gathered pace in 2021 with the introduction of the Pure ETCR touring car championship and Extreme E off-road category.

McLaren Racing signs Emma Gilmour for maiden Extreme E tilt

McLaren Racing has signed Emma Gilmour as the first female factory driver in the outfit’s near 60-year history to complete its Extreme E driver line-up alongside Tanner Foust.

UK chancellor Sunak unveils £1m plan for Scottish XE round in budget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £1 million investment in the Scottish bid to host an Extreme E round in 2022, despite the UK not featuring on the provisional calendar.

Peterhansel leads Extreme E rookie test line-up for Rosberg

Fourteen-time Dakar Rally winner Stephane Peterhansel was invited by Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg’s Rosberg X Racing team to lead the Extreme E rookie test line-up in Sardinia.

How technical troubles detracted from Extreme E's Sardinia encounter

Extreme E has provided thrilling plot lines in its inaugural season, but numerous mechanical failures on the ODYSSEY 21 have detracted from the closely fought battles across various terrains. Sardinia's Island X-Prix set up a championship finale, but also underlined what Spark must do to fix the car for next season

Car preservation key to Abt Cupra’s first Extreme E podium

Preserving the car was key to securing Abt Cupra’s first podium in Extreme E, according to Island X-Prix runners-up Jutta Kleinschmidt and Mattias Ekstrom.

Rosberg X Racing closes in on Extreme E title after Island X-Prix victory

Rosberg X Racing moved a step closer to winning the inaugural Extreme E title after landing victory in the Island X-Prix following a shock retirement for commanding leader Chip Ganassi Racing.

Rosberg and Ganassi squads win controversial Island X-Prix semis

Rosberg X Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing scored victories in the Extreme E Island X-Prix semi-finals in Sardinia after a controversial and heavy shunt involving Lewis Hamilton’s X44 entry.

Richards: Extreme E can't be about "dodgem cars" after crash

Prodrive chairman David Richards reckons Extreme E must not become a championship about fairground “dodgem cars” following the controversial Island X-Prix semi-final crash that eliminated Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team.

X44 maintains perfect Extreme E qualifying record in Sardinia

The X44 team owned by Lewis Hamilton topped the Sardinia Extreme E qualifying battle for the Island X-Prix to maintain its Saturday monopoly at the expense of Rosberg X Racing.

Hamilton's X44 team on course for Extreme E Island X-Prix pole after Q1

Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez put Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team on course to maintain its 100 per cent Extreme E qualifying record in the morning Island X-Prix session in Sardinia.

X44 heads Island X-Prix practice amid further mechanical concerns

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Extreme E team topped Friday practice in Sardinia ahead of the Island X-Prix although mechanical gremlins reared their head again to afflict six of the nine cars.

Extreme E reveals unforgiving Island X-Prix course through military base

Extreme E has revealed a hard and unforgiving course through the Capo Teulada military base in Sardinia that will underpin its fourth round, the Island X-Prix, this weekend.

Extreme E to conclude inaugural season with UK round in Dorset

Extreme E will finish its inaugural season in Dorset, UK as the Bovington military base steps in as the final replacement venue for a disrupted 2021 calendar.

Extreme E reveals provisional 2022 calendar

Extreme E has revealed a provisional calendar for the second running of its all-electric off-road championship in 2022, which is set to kick off in Saudi Arabia from 19-20 February.

The future Tavascan will be the face of Cupra's new car for Extreme E

Cupra has taken advantage of the flexibility written into the bodywork design regulations in Extreme E to unveil its Tavascan Concept car, which will incorporate sustainable materials to radically revise the look of its Odyssey 21 E-SUV.

Versatility vital to Ekstrom's Pure ETCR title challenge

Versatility is proving vital to Mattias Ekstrom’s Pure ETCR championship challenge as he spearheads Cupra’s programmes in both the electric touring car series and the off-road Extreme E.

Gravel Notes Podcast: Molly Taylor’s rallying journey from Australia to Extreme E

Molly Taylor has burst back onto the global stage courtesy of success with Nico Rosberg’s venture into Extreme E this year.

Abt Cupra had to fight through Arctic X-Prix with 'blunt weapon'

Abt Cupra Extreme E driver Mattias Ekstrom reckons the team had to fight through the Arctic X-Prix with “blunt weapons” when a semi-final run was curtailed by a broken driveshaft.

How Extreme E’s Arctic adventure gave a chilly reminder of the fixes to find

Extreme E’s third round provided the very definition of extreme conditions in the Artic Circle, and despite settling on a successful format and Andretti United taking a maiden win, there remains plenty of work to do with the spec cars that froze in action

XE drivers call for car updates after Arctic X-Prix reliability issues

Extreme E drivers, led by Carlos Sainz Sr, are calling for updates to improve the standardised Odyssey 21 E-SUV car after the latest catalogue of reliability troubles struck in Greenland.

Extreme E drivers defend against 'tone-deaf' allegations against series

Extreme E drivers have defended the series against allegations of being ‘tone deaf’ in its environmental message after X44 driver Sebastien Loeb clipped a lake while racing in Greenland.

Arctic X-Prix: Andretti United claims maiden Extreme E win in eventful final

Andretti United nailed a maiden Extreme E win in the Arctic X-Prix in Greenland when a puncture denied X44 and a car shutdown cost championship-leader Rosberg X Racing.

Arctic X-Prix: X44, Andretti United claim dramatic semi-final wins

X44 and Andretti United snared stylish victories in two dramatic Extreme E semi-finals in Greenland to move into the Arctic X-Prix final alongside Rosberg X Racing and Acciona Sainz.

Arctic X-Prix: X44 holds top spot in qualifying, issues hit rivals

X44 hung on to head the combined Extreme E qualifying times in Greenland for the Arctic X-Prix despite the session-topping afternoon form of the recovering Rosberg X Racing squad.

Rosberg XE drivers explain Arctic X-Prix power issues, rollover

Rosberg X Racing drivers Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor have explained the technical problems and spectacular rollover that dashed their Extreme E qualifying hopes in the 2021 Artic X-Prix.

Arctic X-Prix: X44 team tops first qualifying as Rosberg car rolls

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team topped the morning qualifying run for Extreme E’s Artic X-Prix in Greenland as the Rosberg X Racing crew dramatically rolled and suffered repeat technical issues.