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Why McLaren’s surprise electric path can benefit everyone involved Prime

Why McLaren’s surprise electric path can benefit everyone involved

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 calls off Brazil and Argentina rounds
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Extreme E calls off Brazil and Argentina rounds

Extreme E has been forced to drop both Brazil and Argentina from its inaugural five-round season but is “actively seeking alternate destinations”.

McLaren insists Extreme E effort will not disrupt F1 team
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McLaren insists Extreme E effort will not disrupt F1 team

McLaren insists that its efforts to get back to winning ways in Formula 1 will not be disrupted by its decision to join Extreme E next year.

McLaren commits to Extreme E entry in 2022
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McLaren commits to Extreme E entry in 2022

McLaren Racing will enter the second season of Extreme E in 2022, becoming the 10th team to commit to the fledgling all-electric SUV off-road racing series.

Kleinschmidt's unexpected return to racing with CUPRA

The return of Jutta Kleinschmidt was one of the major talking points of the Senegal Extreme E event, as the 2001 Dakar Rally winner replaced Claudia Hurtgen at Abt CUPRA.

Why Extreme E's Senegal round hints at the series' true potential

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

Rosberg's team wins Senegal Extreme E despite X44 clash

A first-corner collision in Senegal between the Extreme E teams of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg paved the way for Rosberg X Racing to score consecutive championship victories.

Rosberg X Racing to join X44, JBXE in Extreme E Senegal finale

Rosberg X Racing emerged victorious in the Extreme E semi-finals in Senegal and will face the teams of Formula 1 world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the finale.

Ganassi explains cause of "one in a million" Extreme E shutdown

Chip Ganassi Racing's Extreme E driver Kyle LeDuc has revealed that a tree activated a “one in a million” car shutdown that ended his hopes of qualifying strongly in Senegal.

Loeb, Gutierrez top Senegal XE qualifying for Hamilton's X44 team

Sebastien Loeb and Cristine Gutierrez stormed the combined qualifying times for Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team ahead of the second Extreme E round in Senegal.

Hamilton's X44 team tops opening Senegal XE qualifying Ocean X-Prix
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Hamilton's X44 team tops opening Senegal XE qualifying

Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez guided the Extreme E team of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton to the top of the morning qualifying times in Senegal.

Ill Hurtgen withdraws from Senegal round, Kleinschmidt in

Abt Cupra driver Claudia Hurtgen will miss the second Extreme E round in Senegal after contracting a virus and will be replaced by 2001 Dakar Rally winner Jutta Kleinschmidt.

Sainz wants Extreme E to consider age and size in pitstop rules Ocean X-Prix
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Sainz wants Extreme E to consider age and size in pitstop rules

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr has called on Extreme E to open up its equality stance to include age and size following an alteration to the pitstop regulations.

Ekstrom leads Loeb in Senegal Extreme E practice

Two-time DTM champion and Abt Cupra driver Mattias Ekstrom beat Sebastien Loeb to the top of the free practice times ahead of the second-ever Extreme E round in Senegal.

XE to use slower Senegal circuit to boost overtaking

Extreme E will use a slower speed circuit for the next round in Senegal this weekend in response to criticism over a lack of overtaking on its debut event.

Extreme E to return to four-car finals in Senegal Ocean X-Prix
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Extreme E to return to four-car finals in Senegal

Extreme E will return to a four-car final shootout as originally intended and award points to the fastest team through a specified sector as part of format changes for Senegal.  

Button stands down from Senegal XE, Hansen to race

Jenson Button will stand down from driving for his own JBXE Racing Extreme E team in the next round in Senegal and will be replaced by Kevin Hansen.

Hamilton starts work with media talent manager Penni Thow
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Hamilton starts work with media talent manager Penni Thow

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has started working in partnership with renowned sports and media talent manager Penni Thow, Motorsport.com can reveal.

Extreme E: Alejandro Agag says the world is now ready to listen
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Extreme E: Alejandro Agag says the world is now ready to listen

Alejandro Agag is celebrated as a pioneer of sustainable motorsport having created not one, but two electric racing series from scratch. Earlier this month he staged the inaugural Extreme E event, while Formula E is thriving in its seventh season. For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with motorsport’s leaders, we ask Agag how he sees Extreme E evolving and whether he believes that motorsport has successfully taken the opportunity of the Coronavirus crisis to reshape itself for the future?

Agag: Extreme E has "almost identical" feeling as first FE race
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Agag: Extreme E has "almost identical" feeling as first FE race

Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag says he feels “almost identical” after the first event of the new SUV championship when compared to his feelings after the debut Formula E race.

Loeb calls on XE supplier to fix issues that cost Saudi win Desert X-Prix
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Loeb calls on XE supplier to fix issues that cost Saudi win

Sebastien Loeb has called on Extreme E car builder Spark Racing Technology to “solve” repeat power steering issues that cost the X44 team its chance in the Saudi Arabia final. 

Munnings will "remember first Extreme E podium forever" Desert X-Prix
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Munnings will "remember first Extreme E podium forever"

Andretti United racer Catie Munnings says she and teammate Timmy Hansen took a moment to savour their Extreme E podium in the AlUla desert to “remember forever”.

How Extreme E exceeded expectations to pass its first major test Prime
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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

XE rivals voted for Andretti United due to “underdog" status

Timmy Hansen reckons his Extreme E rivals voted for him and Andretti United teammate Catie Munnings to start the Saudi Arabia final on pole because they were the “underdogs”.

Agag: Inaugural Extreme E event created "motorsport gold" Desert X-Prix
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Agag: Inaugural Extreme E event created "motorsport gold"

Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag reckons he could not have devised “a better script” for the maiden event in Saudi Arabia and that the final race had created “motorsport gold”.

Rosberg hails "inspiring" Kristoffersson, Taylor after XE win Desert X-Prix
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Rosberg hails "inspiring" Kristoffersson, Taylor after XE win

Nico Rosberg has hailed Johan Kristoffersson as “inspiring” and thanked Molly Taylor for joining his Extreme E team as the duo scored a dominant win in the maiden desert event. 

Rosberg's team dominates Extreme E's Saudi opener Desert X-Prix
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Rosberg's team dominates Extreme E's Saudi opener

The Rosberg X Racing team dominated the final to win the inaugural Extreme E event in the desert in Saudi Arabia as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 struggled with a technical failure. 

Hurtgen/LeDuc XE crash "not accident waiting to happen" Desert X-Prix
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Hurtgen/LeDuc XE crash "not accident waiting to happen"

The Extreme E crash between Claudia Hurtgen and Kyle LeDuc that red flagged the shootout race was “not an accident waiting to happen” despite weekend-long concerns over dust. 

Rosberg X Racing, Andretti United win Extreme E semi-finals Desert X-Prix
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Rosberg X Racing, Andretti United win Extreme E semi-finals

Rosberg X Racing was victorious in the Extreme E semi-final in Saudi Arabia and will face Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team and the Andretti United concern in the inaugural event finale.

Software fault caused penalties for Rosberg, Button teams Desert X-Prix
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Software fault caused penalties for Rosberg, Button teams

A fault with the pitlane speed limiter software resulted in penalties that denied Rosberg X Racing pole and demoted Jenson Button’s JBXE team in the Extreme E qualifying shootout.

Agag: “A miracle” so few cars broke in Extreme E qualifying Desert X-Prix
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Agag: “A miracle” so few cars broke in Extreme E qualifying

Alejandro Agag says “it’s a miracle so few” cars broke during Extreme E qualifying, adding the finals will not switch to a one-car format despite talks having taken place.

X44's Loeb: Rosberg's team "faster" in Extreme E qualifying
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X44's Loeb: Rosberg's team "faster" in Extreme E qualifying

X44 driver Sebastien Loeb reckons “it’s not a surprise” he and Cristine Gutierrez landed the first-ever Extreme E pole position but accepted Rosberg X Racing was “faster than us”.

Hamilton’s X44 team ends Extreme E qualifying on top Desert X-Prix
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Hamilton’s X44 team ends Extreme E qualifying on top

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team topped combined qualifying for the inaugural Extreme E desert event in Saudi Arabia as a penalty knocked Nico Rosberg’s squad from first down to third.

Veloce withdraws from Extreme E opener due to car damage Desert X-Prix
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Veloce withdraws from Extreme E opener due to car damage

Veloce Racing has pulled out of the first-ever Extreme E event ahead of the second qualifying session due to irreparable damage sustained to the car’s roll cage.

Hurtgen explains huge Extreme E qualifying crash Desert X-Prix
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Hurtgen explains huge Extreme E qualifying crash

Abt Cupra driver Claudia Hurtgen has explained the nature of her massive crash during the first qualifying shootout for the maiden Extreme E Desert X-Prix round in Saudi Arabia.

Rosberg's team tops first-ever Extreme E qualifying shootout Desert X-Prix
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Rosberg's team tops first-ever Extreme E qualifying shootout

Rosberg X Racing topped the first-ever Extreme E qualifying shootout in the Saudi Arabian desert as Abt Cupra driver Claudia Hurtgen suffered an enormous crash.

Extreme E: The team-by-team guide Prime

Extreme E: The team-by-team guide

The world’s newest motorsport discipline is set to go racing for the first time this weekend. Extreme E’s innovations and plans have raised some eyebrows, but it also provides an exciting list of competitors and teams for the inaugural campaign

Rosberg explains "weird" transition to team management

Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg has explained his “weird” transition into Extreme E team management and what he learned from team principals Toto Wolff and Frank Williams.

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport Prime

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport

The new off-road SUV series aims to go boldly into the unknown on several fronts, but perhaps its most significant measure will involve the energy source powering its fleet of cars

Button competing in Extreme E to improve off-road racing skills

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button says he is competing in the inaugural Extreme E season because he is “not very good” at off-road racing but “really wants to be”.

Extreme E alters Saudi Arabia format after dust concerns

Excessive dust in the Saudi Arabian desert has led Extreme E to alter the format of its qualifying heats and finals only two days ahead of the championship’s inaugural round.

Prodrive joins forces with Hamilton's Extreme E team

Prodrive, the three-time World Rally Championship constructors’ title winner, has taken over the race operations of Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team that will compete in Extreme E in 2021.

Chadwick excited to face motorsport greats in Extreme E

Jamie Chadwick says she’s relishing the opportunity to test herself against the likes of Jenson Button, Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz Sr in Extreme E this season.

Extreme E explains decision to launch in Saudi Arabia

Organisers of the first-ever Extreme E round have explained why Saudi Arabia is a “natural partner” and the “ideal setting” in which to launch the fledgling electric championship. 

Button's Extreme E team announces tie-up with Lotus

The JBXE team entered into Extreme E by Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has signed a technical partnership with Lotus Engineering, the consultancy arm of the Lotus group. 

What is Extreme E? Calendar, drivers, how to watch and more
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What is Extreme E? Calendar, drivers, how to watch and more

Extreme E is motorsport's newest form of green racing, but what exactly is it, when does it start, and how can you watch it? Find out all you need to know here.

Techeetah delays Extreme E entry due to COVID-19 disruption

The Techeetah team has postponed its entry for the inaugural season of Extreme E as a result of the lasting disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vergne explains why he opted not to compete in Extreme E

Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has revealed he chose not to race in the inaugural Extreme E season because he “could not be fighting for wins”.

How XE's star power puts Formula E under pressure Prime

How XE's star power puts Formula E under pressure

With the addition of Jenson Button's own team to join the involvement of fellow Formula 1 champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Extreme E's ranks, the new electric SUV series is brimming with star power to enable it to deliver on its promise

Ganassi's XE car to carry Hummer styling after GMC tie-up

American road car manufacturer GMC has signed a deal to partner the Chip Ganassi Racing team for its entry into the maiden season of Extreme E. 

Button joins Extreme E grid driving for own team

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will drive in the inaugural Extreme E season, having created his own JBXE team for the fledging all-electric SUV off-road racing series. 

Sarrazin signed to partner Chadwick at Veloce XE team

Sportscar veteran Stephane Sarrazin has been signed by the Veloce Racing team for the inaugural Extreme E season to partner W Series champion Jamie Chadwick. 

Extreme E delays start of inaugural season

The first round of the inaugural Extreme E season has been delayed by two weeks in response to the global health crisis.

Extreme E secures Sky TV deal for UK and Ireland

Extreme E has secured a one-year deal with Sky Sports to have its races broadcast live on the subscription television service in the UK and Ireland in 2021.

First full-power Extreme E group test conducted in Spain

The first full-power group test of the Extreme E car has been completed, with new Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr attending the shakedown at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

HWA replaced by Hispano Suiza in Extreme E

HWA has withdrawn its entry from the inaugural 2021 Extreme E season but has been immediately replaced by a revival of the Hispano Suiza marque of the early 20th century.

WRC legend Loeb to race Hamilton’s Extreme E entry

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will race for the X44 team founded by Lewis Hamilton in the inaugural 2021 season of the Extreme E all-electric championship.

Driving the electric beast behind XE’s off-road eco-crusade Prime

Driving the electric beast behind XE’s off-road eco-crusade

In October, Motorsport.com headed to the South of France to sample the Odyssey 21 - the titanic 550bhp machine underpinning Alejandro Agag's latest electric venture. But for such a big beast, it's a nimble machine that should provide spectacular entertainment…

Taylor joins Rosberg Extreme E squad

The Rosberg Xtreme Racing team that will contest Extreme E has signed former World Rally driver Molly Taylor as team-mate to triple World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson.

Rosberg signs Kristoffersson for Extreme E team

Nico Rosberg’s Extreme E team has signed three-time World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson as its first driver for the inaugural 2021 season of the SUV off-road racing series.