Extreme E adds another major racing team to its electric off-road league. McLaren Racing has revealed that it will join the second Extreme E season in 2022. Although McLaren has yet to choose any drivers, it has noted that it will use staff that are not part of its Formula 1 program. The rules will dictate a small team at any given event with two pilots, one engineer and four mechanics.
McLaren does not hesitate to achieve its goals. He sees Extreme E as a way to strengthen his broader “sustainability agenda”, not to mention equality (each team has a male driver and a female). He also sees it as a chance to “reach a new audience” with Extreme E’s unusual racing format.
The supercar maker is no stranger to electric racing when it backed Formula E early on, including the battery-powered powertrain for the first two seasons. It’s a different matter to line up an EV racer under the company name, however – it signals a deeper commitment to all-electric motorsport, even if it’s partly for publicity.
For Extreme E, this is a significant victory. Although it already has a few top teams, including the recently added X44 by Lewis Hamilton, there aren’t many major automakers who have put their weight behind the league – Cupra (an offshoot of VW Seat ) is about as large as you go. McLaren won’t necessarily lead to an influx of major car brands, but it does give Extreme E an extra level of credibility at a crucial time.
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