U.S.-based Andretti Autosport has signed up as the sixth team to race in Extreme E in 2021, the electric off-road SUV racing series declared on Friday.
The Michael Andretti-led outfit has won the Indianapolis 500 five times and brought four IndyCar series titles. It additionally runs the BMW i Andretti workforce in the all-electric Formula E championship.
Extreme E plans to highlight deforestation, rising sea levels, desertification, and plastic pollution with races in harsh and distant environments from the Brazilian rain forest to the glaciers of Greenland and deserts of Saudi Arabia.
“We remain devoted to expanding and diversifying our group effort, in each traditional motorsport and with new, revolutionary racing ideas,” Michael Andretti mentioned in a press release.
The brainchild of Formula E founder Alejandro Agag and former Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran, Extreme E, is because of start in Senegal in January 2021.
The 7,000-tonne former mail ship ‘St Helena’, that once served as a link to remote South Atlantic islands will operate a floating paddock and transport the series’ freight and automobiles from location to location.
Other groups entered are Mercedes-linked HWA, Monaco-based Venturi, Abt Sportsline, Britain’s Veloce and Spain’s QEV Technologies.
There are slots for as much as 12 teams.