Extreme E has agreed a multi year partnership with BBC to air the series across their digital platforms.
The BBC currently broadcasts Formula E across their digital platforms in the UK and in Marrakesh broadcast the race live on BBC 2 with their own coverage from Jennie Gow, Jamie Chadwick and Gary Paffett.
“Our goal with Extreme E is to open this innovative new series up to as wide an audience as possible.” Said Ali Russell, the series Chief Marketing Officer.
“Securing this deal with the BBC is a massive coup in what is a key market for us.
“The UK has an insatiable appetite for world-class motor racing and a groundswell of backing for sustainable technologies – particularly pertinent given the government’s plans to bring forward the transition to fully-electric motoring to 2035.”
There is obviously a strong British interest in motorsport and in the series’ driver programme are W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick and junior series star, Billy Monger.
Adrian Newey has teamed up with British team Veloce Esports team to form their first non virtual race team.
Extreme E is also set to be broadcast around the world with the championship also set to partner with FOX Sports (United States, Canada and the Caribbean), FOX Sports Asia (Southeast Asia), Mediaset (Italy), Sony India (Indian subcontinent), TVNZ (New Zealand), RTM (Malaysia), Dubai Sports (Middle East) and BTRC (Belarus).
Coverage is due to start in January 2021 with the Dakar stage in Senegal.
The provisional calendar is as follows:
23-24 January: Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal
5-6 March: Al-‘Ula, Saudi Arabia
14-15 May: Kali Gandaki Valley, Mustang District, Nepal
28-29 August: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
30-31 October: Santarém, Pará, Brazil