Extreme E, the latest and probably most radical racing series where electric SUVs will compete in super tough race conditions, has announced their official ambassador for the sport and it is none other than the legendary French rally driver and six-time World Champion, Sébastien Ogier.
The cutting-edge off-road electric SUV racing series selected Ogier as their ambassador to help develop the sport using his knowledge and expertise in the world of rally and off-road racing before its inaugural season set as early as 2021.
Ogier’s role will be mainly advising and supporting the development of Sporting and Technical Regulations, potential event locations, and of course, the design evolution of the Extreme E E-SUV via testing, research, and development. The car is question is the beautiful Odyssey 21 which will be delivered to participating team in March 2020.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E – operating partner of Extreme E – said: “Sébastien is among the most talented drivers in the history of motorsport and rallying. Counting on his input, support and advice throughout the development of Extreme E will prove to be invaluable. We couldn’t have a better man on-board.”
“Having Sébastien involved from this early stage is truly an honour and a huge endorsement of what we’re doing with the series. He is as keen as we are for Extreme E to not only provide the very best motor racing spectacle, but also the greatest positive impact on the environment and sustainability possible – we share that passion.”
Sébastien Ogier, six-time World Rally Champion, said: “I am delighted to be a part of Extreme E. The championship is truly unique – there is nothing else like it out there – and I am incredibly passionate about what it is setting out to do.
“I was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week and saw the car for the very first time. It was awesome to finally see it and I can’t wait to get working with the Extreme E team. The car is something special and it will be a privilege from a driver’s point of view to work on its development from such an early stage.”
“The sporting aspect is compelling with Extreme E and the head-to-head format is always thrilling – it’s like what we see with the Special Stages in rallying, which the fans always love. I will be working hand-in-hand with the series’ organisers and partners to make sure we deliver the best experience for the fans and the most engaging challenge for drivers, too.”
Those who are interested should also know that the series is planning to race at some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging driving terrrains – the Himalayas, Arctic, Amazon Rainforest, Sahara Desert and an Indian Ocean island. The series will also focus on highlighting global issue like climate change and how they can protect the planet with electric vehicles as their primary example.
To learn more about Extreme E, visit www.Extreme-E.com.