Saturday, September 26, 2020
News Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton Launches New Race Team

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton Launches New Race Team

F1's Lewis Hamilton starts Extreme E racing team

  • Extreme E a showcase of sustainability and climate change

  • Lewis will help team, but won’t be their driver


Six-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has just announced that he is starting his own racing team. And before you ask, it’s not because of that unfortunate pitstop mistake on Sunday in Monza. It’s an Extreme E team, a new electric off-road racing series.

The Extreme E series is a proposed racing series that takes an off-road electric SUV to remote locations like Greenland and Nepal, racing to raise awareness of climate change. It’s started by Formula E founder Alejandro Agag and launched with racing driver Gil de Ferran.

Hamilton’s team will be called X44, a nod to his F1 car’s number 44. Lewis won’t be behind the wheel but will use his motorsports knowledge to help grow the team.

“Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder. Of course, my ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula One mean that I won’t be operationally involved in X44, but I’m excited to play a different role in this new series, one that brings my vision for a more sustainable and equal world to life,” said Hamilton.

After the racing is over, the series has a program designed to leave a positive impact on the places they’ve raced, leaving remote areas better than found. To reduce environmental impact, no spectators will be allowed and the racing will be broadcast live using a command center and garage fitted to a ship, the RMS St. Helena.

The spec vehicle for the series is called the Odyssey 21, built by Spark Racing TEchnology with a battery from Williams Advanced engineering, it’s designed to operate in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. X44 joins Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti United, Abt, HWE, Techeetah, QEC Technologies, and Veloce Racing in the series.

Trending Now

Shell Looking to Slash Oil, Gas Production Costs 40 Percent for Green Transition

Report says Shell would focus on key production areas Company also looking to decrease service station costs A new report says that Shell is...

Kia Stinger Future Still Up In The Air

Kia says a Stinger successor is still being studied and no decision has been made on a new generation The Kia Stinger may not...

California Looking To Ban All Gas-Only Cars By 2035

California Governor Gavin Newsom proposes ban on all gas cars by 2035 California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order asking the California...

Karma Automotive Introduces The GS Series

The GS will be the name of Karma’s family of sedans. The cars will offer updated electrified powertrain options. Pre-orders are available now. The...

Rivian Wants To Sell Directly To Customers But Michigan Auto Dealer Won’t Have It

Tesla managed to work around the dealership franchise format. The Michigan Auto Dealer Association is trying to block Rivian from doing the same. Rivian...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.