The Electric Odyssey confirms its five-race location for its debut season in 2021.
The new racing series launched last February in London aims to raise global awareness on climate change while bringing the best out of the motorsport world competing in remote locations on the planet affected by the impacts of the climate crisis.
The all-electric ODYSSEY 21 E-SUVs will race in the Amazon forest in Brazil, Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, Nepal’s Himalayas, Saudi Arabia, and Lac Rose in Senegal, which has been revealed today as the series Ocean location.
“I’m thrilled to confirm Senegal as our Ocean race location. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty but sadly, like many of the world’s coastal areas, it is under severe threat from a variety of climate issues,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder, and CEO of Extreme E.
“This coastline is currently losing three to four meters each year, with a key contributor to this being Greenland’s melting ice cap, even though it is over 6,500km away in the Arctic Circle,” he added.
Agag also announced an initiative to work with the local organization to.Org “to organize a community beach clean of the race location here at Lac Rose.”
“The plastic collected will be used to make eco-bricks to help build bathrooms for over 300 school children who currently only have two to use. A first step as we look to build a positive long-term relationship with the local community ahead of our race event in 2021,” he explained.
The announcement of the fifth and final location for the series first season took place at the proposed race site at Lac Rose – approximately 30 kilometers from the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with the presence of Abdou Thiam, President of the Senegalese Motorsport Federation.
“We’re very happy to host Extreme E, which is surely the future of motorsport. The sport has a huge responsibility in helping people understand the issue of climate change, and we’re proud to be a part of this adventure,” said Thiam.
On January 2020, the ODYSSEY 21 will be making the first outing in the legendary Dakar Rally, taking part during shakedown and at the final competitive stage on the rally-raid route, alongside participants in comparable ICE and hybrid vehicles.
Last November, David Castera, Dakar Rally Director, described the Extreme E presence in the event as “a real-world opportunity to promote the new technology that Extreme E embraces, and this kind of initiative is entirely in keeping with the mood of the times and the course of history.
“We are delighted that the Extreme E E-SUV will be accompanying us throughout the forthcoming Dakar,” said Castera.
Images courtesy Extreme E Media.