Extreme E, off-roading goes electric

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Extreme E SUV ODYSSEY 21
Extreme E SUV ODYSSEY 21 | Photo: Extreme E

Extreme E’s Odyssey 21 prototype had its first public outing last week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Goodwood ​​Festival of Speed was the scene of an unveiling for the least unusual this year. Extreme E is the name of a new motorsport discipline that will be introduced everywhere around the globe, without any use of fossil fuels.

The Odyssey 21 prototype shown at Goodwood was developed by the company Spark Racing Technology which has the mandate to deliver a dozen extreme SUVs by March 2020. In the meantime, the first tests will be launched next September, to see what this fully electric 4×4 can do.

And, as its name suggests, the Extreme E series is affiliated with Formula E, a series that began in 2014 and features electric-powered single-seaters.

The Odyssey 21 prototype seems ready to face the worst road conditions, at least in appearance, with its huge aggressive tires, its high-travel suspension and this rather successful silhouette. Beneath it lies a 550 horsepower (400 kW) fully electric mechanic, which propels the big vehicle to 100 km/h in no less than 4.5 seconds. The battery pack is courtesy of the Williams Advanced Engineering Group.

The crews who want to set up in this new series will have the choice of mechanics, in addition to being able to customize their cars as they see fit. For now, there are talks of a first season in 2021. Obviously, a lot of water will have flowed under the bridges by then, but this announcement is without a doubt excellent news for off-road enthusiasts who felt abandoned by the electric movement.

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