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.