McLaren announce 2022 entry into Extreme E

The Woking-based manufacturer will expand their motorsport horizons into the FIA-sanctioned Extreme E off-road racing championship.

The British supercar manufacturer already have a historic motorsport commitment to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the Indycar series in more recent times.

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Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, said in a statement: “From the moment Extreme E was announced we have been following the progress of the series closely.

“From the outset, McLaren has always been at the forefront and never afraid to push new boundaries.

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“This new venture is true to our roots of participating in a variety of categories, innovation and bravery.

“Extreme E is paving new ground in motorsport as a force for good in confronting some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and in the future.

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“We will be competing against big names we’re very familiar with from F1 and INDYCAR but, like all series we compete in, the competition objective is clear: we are there to win.”

McLaren Racing will use both existing personnel from outside the Formula 1 programme and additional specialist resource to operate the project.

Alike their fellow competitors, McLaren Racing will be limited to four mechanics and one engineer at each event for the one-make car and its two (one male and female) drivers.

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Alejandro Agag, founder of Extreme E and Formula E, added: “To have McLaren on board, which symbolises the highest level of racing and automotive innovation, is a huge endorsement that what we have delivered in just our first two races of Season 1 has already created real impact in motorsport.”

He concludes by welcoming McLaren Racing to Extreme E and looks forward to seeing how they will perform when they debut in 2022, Season 2.