New electric off-road racing series, Extreme E, has revealed its calendar for the inaugural championship, when it gets underway in 2021.
In its first season, the series will hold five races across four different continents, with the intention of highlighting the impact of climate change and human activity.
As a result, the races will take place in remote areas and will promote sustainability through the use of electric vehicles.
The format of each race will consist of head-to-head races, staged over three days with an area o larger than 10 km2.
Race organisers will also ensure that thorough environmental, social and governance assessments are carried out in each location, and that environmental protection will be safeguarded.
The first race will take place in January, on the west coast of Africa, roughly 30km away from Dakhar and that will be followed by a desert race in Saudi Arabia in March.
In May, the series will tackle the mountainous terrain in Nepal, before embarking on a Glacier round in Greenland three months later.
The finale will take place in Brazil, with Extreme E holding a rainforest race in the heart of the Amazon on land that has already faced deforestation.
Speaking about the calendar announcement, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag, said: “Finalising the first calendar is a great moment for any championship and today we have this moment.
“I had no idea what this journey was going to be like when we embarked on it a few months ago. I’ve been to five of the most spectacular, remote locations on the planet; each facing issues at the hands of climate change and human activity. It has been a life-lesson.
“In six months, I’ve seen the impacts of climate change first-hand and have met people that are experiencing the effects.
‘For anyone that denies its existence or is unaware of the problems it is causing – just come with us on this journey.
“I am incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from all of our hosts and I can’t wait for what is going to be a special, unprecedented odyssey which will drive real change to get underway for the very first time.
“To have sealed all five of our locations by this point, with Extreme E having been little more than an idea on a napkin back in January this year, is an achievement I am very proud of.”
Extreme E Calendar
22-23-24 January: Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal
4-5-6 March: Sharaan, Al-‘Ula, Saudi Arabia
6-7-8 May: Kali Gandaki Valley, Mustang District, Nepal
27-28-29 August: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
29-30-31 October: Santarém, Pará, Brazil