Junior series juggernaut ART has today been announced as teaming up with Veloce Racing in their Extreme E entry for 2021.
Veloce was one of the first teams to be announced as taking part in the all new Electric Racing SUV championship. The team famous for its Esports ventures was founded by, among others, FE two time champion Jean-Eric Vergne and brought on technical guru Adrian Newey as ‘Lead Visionary’ in September 2019.
Harrison Newey, the son of Adrian, is also one of the Veloce co-founders.
ART will operate as ‘Competition Partner’ for the Veloce Racing team.
ART brings its hugely successful experience in junior formula categories with 19 drivers titles across F2, GP2 and F3/GP3.
The team races in DTM with Robert Kubica running a customer BMW.
Many successful drivers have come through the ART stable including F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton who recently announced his very own Extreme E team, X44, and fellow champions Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.
ART can bring a wealth of competitive experience but the announcement comes at a strange time considering the lack of personnel available to run their DTM car.
ART Team Manager Sebastien Philippe said: “This is a really exciting partnership for ART.
“We have developed our reputation in the world of single seater/formula racing and we are multiple winners; but this is a fantastic new challenge for us in an incredibly innovative series, with a very driven group of people at Veloce Racing.
“It is great to be involved in Extreme E and Veloce Racing from the very start, and I’m sure it will be an exciting journey.”
Adrian Newey said: “This is a very positive partnership, Extreme E is a new series operating in very difficult areas of the world with new cars, technology and a multitude of challenges.
“To work with an extremely successful and solid ‘pair of hands’ like ART Grand Prix – who have competed and won in so many series’ as well as helped develop some of the world’s best drivers and engineers – gives Veloce Racing a great head start.”