On Saturday, NEOM will witness the launch of the “Desert XPRI” round of the inaugural race of the “Extreme E” global series for electric SUVs, which is being hosted by Saudi Arabia for the third time in a row, and will last for two days, with the participation of international teams.
The Extreme E series is a new and innovative form of electric SUV racing in destinations affected by climate change around the world. Efforts to reduce carbon emissions and work for a better future for the planet.
In this edition of the “Extreme E” series, 20 drivers representing 10 international teams will compete in the “Odyssey 21” car, where each team consists of a male and female driver.
The participating teams are IBT Cobra XE, represented by Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, champion of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia 2023, Swede Clara Anderson, and the Acciona Sainz XE team, which includes Spanish Laya Sanz and Swede Matsias Ekström, while the Andretti Agencies Extreme E team will be represented. The British duo Katie Munning and the Swede Timmy Hansen, while the “Carl Cox Motorsport” team will rely on the Spanish Christine JZ and the German Timo Scheder, and the “NEOM McLaren Extreme E” team will consist of the New Zealander Emma Gilmour and the American Tanner Fost. The “GMC Hummer EV Chip” team will compete Ganassi Racing is in the race with the American duo Amanda Sorenson and RJ Anderson, while the Rosberg X Racing team includes the Swedish duo Mikaela Ahlin-Hottolinski and Johan Kristofferson, and the X44 Vida Carbon team owned by the 7-time world champion of British Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton will be represented by Jamaican Fraser McConnell. And the Spanish Extreme E champion, Christina Gutierrez, while the “GPXE” team is represented by the Norwegian Heda Hoasas and the Finn Heikki Kovalainen, and the “Velosi Racing” team consists of the Australian Molly Taylor and Swede Kevin Hansen.
NEOM’s participation in “Extreme E” witnessed significant growth last season to become the main sponsor of the “NEOM McLaren Extreme E” team, as the partnership with the team depends on NEOM’s increasing participation in motorsports; With the aim of consolidating its position as a center for global sports.
The Desert Xpri is the third Extreme E event in the region as it seeks to achieve the common goal of combining sustainability with global sporting events. In its world tour this year in Saudi Arabia, Sardinia in Italy and Chile, the series will land for the first time in Scotland, Brazil or the United States. United States of America.