The Desert spec ODYSSEY 21 © Extreme E

Extreme E has announced today that to take a lead on gender equality that all teams have a male and female driver. 

The move is to promote gender equality and a level playing field in motorsport.

Extreme E is already going to be a high class championship as seen by the driver programme containing big names such as Lucas Di Grassi, Andre Lotterer and Jamie Chadwick.

They want a top flight championship to feature men and women competing fairly and aggressively.

Teams will be composed of a male and a female driver, competing together in every two-lap race as driver and co-driver.

Each will complete one lap behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 electric-SUV, with a changeover incorporated into the race format, and it’s up to the teams to determine driver and co-driver to best suit their strategy.

Katherine Legge, who is in the Extreme E Drivers Programme and has competed all across motorsport from Indycar to Formula E said: “Hearing the format was like waking up on Christmas morning.

“It is a giant step in the right direction for motorsport as a whole. I have been looking forward to something like this my entire racing career!

“Formula E and now Extreme E, are at forefront of breaking boundaries in technology, sustainability, and climate change, and now Extreme E will challenge perceptions with gender equality too.”

Michelle Mouton, President of the Women in Motorsports Commission and WRC winner said: This is a great opportunity for women and men to team up, compete together and against each other with the same material.

“Alejandro [Agag] and his team continue to really support gender equality in our sport with concrete actions that help highlight the ability of female racers and give them a chance. It will be intesting to see the team line-ups as they are announced and I look forward to followingce Season One when it starts early next year.”

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ODYSSEY 21 © Extreme E

Alejandro Agag, the CEO and founder said “We are striving for equality, and this sporting format is the truest reflection of that goal. Everybody will race together and the most effective combination of drivers, team, engineer and car will rise to the top.”

Lead Visionary of Extreme E team Veloce Racing, and Formula 1 engineer for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, Adrian Newey said: “One of the reasons I became involved in Veloce Racing was to embrace new technologies and initiatives in this very fast evolving world. The last few weeks have clarified to me that more than ever we have to embrace change, diversity and keep one step ahead at all times.

“I have watched women make a mark throughout the world of motorsport over the years and there are some great individual stories out there. I hope we can create some more positive opportunities with this exciting young series and provide a strong platform for female competitors to shine.”

Extreme E is due to kick off in January next year with the full race and championship format approaching finalisation.

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