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Adrian Newey to join Extreme E

The acclaimed Formula 1 designer set to be Lead Visionary for the Veloce Racing team. 

Extreme E announces Veloce Racing will take part in the championship set to kick start in 2021. The team, co-founded by the people behind its sister organisation Veloce Eports is the latest addition to the Extreme E championship alongside confirmed entries Venturi, ABT and HWA.

Double Formula E champion and former Formula 1 driver Jean-Éric Vergne is the fifth co-founder of Veloce Racing while Adrian Newey joins as ‘Lead Visionary’. The team’s management also sees Darryl Eales, former CEO of LDC and Andy Webb, former CEO of Marussia F1, co-chair the operation as well as Daniel Bailey, Rupert Svendsen-Cook, Jack Clarke and Harrison Newey – with each holding a key footing in the motorsport arena.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said, “Veloce Racing has assembled a very impressive group of people, making it an incredibly exciting addition to Extreme E. It has the input of a true technical genius in Adrian Newey and the backing of a world-class driver in Jean-Éric, as well as a number of highly-driven young entrepreneurs.

“Extreme E’s unique sporting challenge and its scope for engineering innovation offer up a compelling opportunity. No doubt Veloce Racing will be going all out to disrupt some of the more established names on the Extreme E entry list when we get underway in February 2021.”

Acclaimed Formula 1 designer and chief technical officer of Red Bull Racing, Newey says, “Everyone involved in Veloce Racing is extremely passionate about racing, competition and cutting-edge technology, as well as tackling environmental issues that face the world today, so we couldn’t be happier to be taking part in Extreme E. 

“The series is an exceptional platform for developing new technology, drawing attention to the earth’s environmental challenges and driving change. Veloce will play an active role in as many of Extreme E’s legacy projects as possible to help regenerate the local environments. We now can’t wait to get started on our campaign.” 

Testing is expected to begin in mid next year while the inaugural race is set to kick-off in Greenland in February 2021.

Photo: Extreme E


About Noor Amylia Hilda
Noor Amylia Hilda is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur with bylines in titles such as Women's Health, Esquire and ELLE. She is also a freelance motorsport journalist covering the FIA Formula E championship and Formula 1.