McLaren Racing set to enter Extreme E in 2022
McLaren's electric off-road series will be entering the Extreme E championship.
McLaren Racing has revealed that it plans to enter the Extreme E championship next year.
The electric off-road series - which aims to ‘use racing to promote sustainability and diversity’ - takes place across some of the globe’s most challenging environments, with electric cars pitched against one another over testing routes.
McLaren’s announcement to enter the championship ties in with the firm’s own sustainability plans which have seen it commit to reducing its carbon emissions while improving its recycling.
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said: “From the moment Extreme E was announced we have been following the progress of the series closely. Our attention was immediately drawn by the innovative format of this motorsport platform, in particular the ability it gives us to accelerate and boost our own overarching sustainability agenda, which shares the same priorities of decarbonisation, waste reduction, diversity and equality.”
McLaren has already played a key role in the development of electric-powered motorsport, having been the supplier of batteries used in the Gen 1 and Gen 2 seasons of the Formula E championship.
The new team will consist of both existing members of staff from outside the Formula One programme as well as additional specialists. As is the rule in Extreme E, McLaren racing can only have four mechanics and one engineer at each race.
Brown added: “From the outset, McLaren has always been at the forefront and never afraid to push new boundaries. This new venture is true to our roots of participating in a variety of categories, innovation and bravery. Extreme E is paving new ground in motorsport as a force for good in confronting some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and in the future.”