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How Extreme E exceeded expectations to pass its first major test
The racing may have lacked the explosive conclusion to Formula E's first race in 2014 and was not without its hiccups. But Extreme E's leap into the unknown appears to have paid off, delivering a spectacle quite unlike anything else
Extreme E’s maiden voyage into the breathtakingly beautiful AlUla desert in Saudi Arabia last weekend emphatically met Oscar Wilde’s criteria for what’s good and bad in life. The championship was talked about as Nico Rosberg’s handpicked driver line-up of Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor scored an emphatic and historic victory amid the dunes. Social media was a motorsport hubbub during and after the action was beamed by satellites to be broadcast via UK television network colossuses ITV, BT Sport, Sky Sports and the BBC.
Series co-founder Alejandro Agag cares deeply about the spectacle. Those overlapping rights deals were offered for a minimal fee to get as many eyes as possible on his latest all-electric venture. He stopped by the media centre to watch the dramatic Shoot Out race and sat next to Autosport. Moments before Chip Ganassi Racing charger Kyle LeDuc wiped out Abt Cupra racer Claudia Hurtgen, he was imploring the director to cut from one camera angle to the next as the Odyssey 21 E-SUVs were lost amid the plumes of dust.
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
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
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
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
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
McLaren's announcement that it will enter the Extreme E series for electric SUVs next year came as something of a surprise. But it brings benefits that other championships it could seek to enter cannot, while providing a timely boost to a start-up that has had to cancel two of its South American rounds
Extreme E's second round on the sands of Senegal refined some the more clunky aspects of the series' debut event in Saudi Arabia. Even though its star-studded finale between Lewis Hamilton's X44 team and Rosberg X Racing proved anticlimactic, the pieces are in place for the series to only get better
While there are those – including several major car manufacturers – who think Formula E has had its day, FE founder Alejandro Agag is continuing to innovate with the new Extreme E series. MARK GALLAGHER sees one element in which it has Formula 1 beaten
Underdog status helped Andretti United secure Extreme E pole
Munnings will "remember first Extreme E podium forever"