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Emma Gilmour, Tanner Foust, McLaren Extreme E
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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

Modern-day McLaren is a popular Formula 1 team that’s again heading in the right direction. It is also a youthful supercar business that has Ferrari and Porsche sweating. There have been tangents, of course; an on-off relationship with IndyCar and its sportscar successes – namely at Le Mans in 1995 and a domination of Can-Am that started 55 years ago.

Since its 1963 inception, though, McLaren has never been associated with bulky, high-riding SUVs. That is until this weekend, when Woking will make its Extreme E debut in Neom, Saudi Arabia.

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