Extreme E expands its driver programme

In September, Extreme E announced a mix of world class drivers who had committed to take part in the brand new off-road electric series.

All the drivers came from different backgrounds, with drivers who had made their name in circuit racing and others from rally driving backgrounds giving the series an incredibly eclectic mix of driving talent. Similar to what Titans RX has achieved.

The last announcement featured some big names such as Sebastien Ogier and Lucas Di Grassi and the second one, which arrived this week, did not disappoint either in terms of quality.

EuroFormula Open race winner Billy Monger, who lost both his legs in a British F4 accident in 2017, has been announced in the pool of drivers as well as DTM stalwart Loic Duval and former driver turned pundit Karun Chandhok.

More Formula E drivers have been confirmed to compete in the series as well with Jérôme d’Ambrosio, Daniel Abt, Antonio Felix da Costa, and Oliver Turvey joining the ranks. All highly rated in their series, they will add to the FE contingent with Di Grassi, Andre Lotterer, Duval, Chandhok and Katherine Legge.

DS Techeetah test driver and GT driver James Rossiter will join the ranks and Hungarian Rallycross drivers Krisztián Szabó and Zoltán Bessenyey will also join the series.

Japanese Superbiker Takuma Aoki and raid biker/Dakar winner Sam Sunderland proves the smorgasbord of different disciplines these drivers have been sourced from and Rally Champion Chris Ingram has been announced.

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Billy Monger said of his involvement in the series: “Fighting climate change is incredibly important,” said Monger. “Everything we do now will affect future generations. It’s definitely a responsibility, and one that I can’t and won’t just ignore.

“The locations of Extreme E races are far from the public eye, and so they’re not the kind of place that most of us get to see day to day. Bringing attention to the impacts of human interference on these places to people who might not otherwise see it is an interesting concept – and the fact that people can learn about it whilst watching racing is really cool too.

“Knowing that the Extreme E legacy program is going to mean we leave the locations in a better place than we’ve found them is a massive draw too; it’s something that I would be really proud to be involved with.”

The drivers they will be joining are multiple World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier, WRX frontrunners Andreas Bakkerud and Kevin and Timmy Hansen, double DTM champion and WRX driver Timo Scheider, W Series winner Jamie Chadwick and female racers Katherine Legge and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky. The 2016 Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi;, 2014 Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr, Formula E racer and Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer, and Former F1 and Formula E racer Bruno Senna and Sacha Prost – ice racer and the youngest son of Formula 1 legend Alain Prost.

The Extreme E Series is set to begin in 2021 and has three confirmed locations across the world in Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Greenland.