The Chinese squad joins the electric SUV off-road racing series 2021 inaugural campaign aiming to make the people of Asia proud as it becomes Asia’s first representative of the continent in the Extreme E challenge.
“At TECHEETAH we are passionate about getting the most out of emerging technologies to boost racing performance and look forward to bringing this energy to Extreme E. We love the focus on green issues and the opportunity to engage a young audience in a series that mixes racing, care for the environment and travel and adventure,” said Edmund Chu, President of Team TECHEETAH.
Success has become a trademark for the team that won its first Drivers’ Title in the 2017/2018 season of the ABB Formula E Championship.
Ahead of the following season, the team partnered French brand DS Automobiles, delivering rewarding results.
Together, they secured two Formula E Drivers’ Championship and Team’s Championship in the past two seasons.
“We are motivated by the challenge that Extreme E poses and are excited by the car, the race locations, and the race format,” Chu added.
Techeetah Extreme E finds its base on Jakarta, Indonesia, fully committed to developing Asian drivers.
The team is owned by the Indover Group – an Indonesian owned investment and private equity company and managed by SECA, a leading Chinese sports management, and marketing company.
“TECHEETAH has achieved unrivaled success in recent seasons in Formula E so it is fantastic to be able to welcome them into our Extreme E family,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder, and CEO of Extreme E.
Extreme E will feature intense competition while raising awareness on climate change, competing in remote locations on the planet affected by the impacts of the climate crisis.
The all-electric ODYSSEY 21 E-SUVs will travel onboard the Royal Mail Ship St Helena to five remote locations on the planet, with the inaugural campaign kicking off in January 2021 in Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal.
“Extreme E offers an entirely unique proposition in motor racing, with cutting-edge E-SUVs racing head-to-head across five of the most remote locations on the planet with a brand-new engineering challenge for teams and drivers to overcome,” Agag added.
During its first season, the ODYSSEY 21 E-SUVs will contest five races. The chosen locations are the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, the Nepalese Himalayas, Al-‘Ula in Saudi Arabia, and Lac Rose in Senegal.
Seven teams – out of eight, have been announced to join the 2021 grid.
Venturi was the first manufacturer to commit to the series; the pioneering electric vehicle manufacturer announced its entry in May 2019. Nevertheless, the team has decided to focus on its Formula E campaign and program around space travel.
TECHEETAH will therefore be replacing the Monegasque team on the Season 1 grid.
All teams, HWA, ABT Sportline, Veloce Racing, QEV Technologies, Andretti Motorsport, Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), and Techeetah, will use the same spec-vehicle.
Williams Advanced Engineering is producing the battery that powers the SUVs, while Spark Racing Technology is responsible for the design of the off-road, all-terrain, electric vehicles.
“The sporting offering is turning heads, and the race for the inaugural title is already shaping up nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing rivalries reignited and fresh ones formed in a ground-breaking arena.”
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