“The race format is going to be amazing. We’ve likened this format to a mix of Star Wars pod-racing and Dakar Rally. It will be truly exciting to watch, full of action.”
The nine teams will compete over a two-day weekend for championship points, with qualifying taking up day one before a series of two-lap knockout heat races follow on the final day of the weekend.
Teams will be divided into two groups of four on day two based on qualifying results, with the top four competing for three spots in the final race and the second group going head-to-head for one advancing spot in what the series calls the ‘crazy race’.
The final four will then battle it out for honours of becoming the Xprix winners.
Extreme E will also be the first FIA championship to feature a mandatory driver line-up of male and female drivers. Both will be behind wheel during the heat races, completing one lap each before swapping drivers.
As in Formula E, there will be a twist in the form of power boosts and fan votes, with a tactical element to the latter. Fans can vote to give their favourite drivers a better chance of victory and the team with the most votes gets to choose its grid spot for the final race. As drivers are eliminated from the heat races, they can choose which remaining competitor receives their votes.
Power boosts will also be available to the team that achieves the furthest jump on the first lap of each race.
“It’s hard to believe but also incredibly exciting that in just a few short months, we will be going racing,” Agag added.
“When we launched the idea of Extreme E 18 months ago, it felt like the right time for such a project. We now, unfortunately, find ourselves in a very different world. It’s a tough time to start a new sport but I’m pleased to say that we are on track to racing early next year.
“Season One is going to take us to the front lines of the climate crisis and to some amazing places, where we will get to shine a crucial spotlight on the serious climate issues they face using sport as our lense for action.”