2022 marks the second year of the revolutionary Extreme E racing series. With purely electrically powered SUVs, the championship holds races in locations around the world that are as spectacular as they are remote – and offers exciting motorsport that at the same time draws attention to the challenges of climate change around the globe. ABT Sportsline has been a part of the event since its inception.
Together with its partner CUPRA, the Bavarian company forms the ABT CUPRA XE squad and competes against the teams of former Formula 1 world champions Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button, among others.
Extreme E wants to draw attention to the consequences of climate change through gripping motorsport. And what every individual can do to protect the environment. “We want to create awareness, showcase electric vehicles and also give positive impulses with regard to climate change,” says Alejandro Agag, Extreme E founder and CEO. The locations in the race calendar have been specifically chosen to showcase areas that are already affected by the ongoing climate crisis.
On board the RMS St. Helena, a former cargo and passenger ship, the floating Extreme E paddock will travel across the open sea to the individual locations around the world. From Saudi Arabia to Italy to South America, Extreme E completes its second season with five exciting venues.
Each event comprises two race days. After the free practice on Friday, the qualifying will be held on Saturday, followed by the semi-final and the final on Sunday. Over a distance of around eight kilometers, the individual race tracks offer a wide variety of challenges – with jumps, climbs, water crossings and more. Another highlight: A female and a male driver take turns in the cockpit of each race car. The seats are swapped after one of two laps.
“As much as we enjoyed our first season in Extreme E, this championship is still unfinished business for us. Our goals remain the same: we want to fight for race wins and the title,” says Hans-Jürgen Abt ahead of the season. “I have full confidence in our team, our drivers, our car and our partners.”
ABT and CUPRA have this in common: for both brands, electrification and performance go hand in hand. The successor to the e-CUPRA ABT XE1 from the debut year of the championship is spectacular: the CUPRA Tavascan XE is equipped with a 54 kWh battery placed behind the cockpit, resulting in optimal weight distribution of the vehicle. The car manages the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in about four seconds.
With its striking exterior and typical LED lights, the off-road racing car gives a first hint of the design language of the future CUPRA Tavascan production car. The brand’s second purely electric model is being developed in Barcelona and is scheduled for market launch in 2024. The CUPRA Tavascan XE is more sustainable than its predecessor: flax fibre parts from the 3D printer make work on the vehicle even more flexible and environmentally friendly.
She is the “Queen of Dakar”: Jutta Kleinschmidt is the first and so far only female winner of the legendary Dakar Rally and shares the cockpit with Nasser Al-Attiyah this season. Extreme E is familiar territory for Jutta Kleinschmidt: In her role as Championship Driver and Advisor she supported the organizers with her profound knowledge from 17 Dakar participations before she switched to the cockpit of ABT CUPRA XE during the first season and has been an integral part of the driver team ever since.
Nasser Al-Attiyah joins the ABT CUPRA XE team at the beginning of 2022 as a freshly crowned Dakar winner and replaces Mattias Ekström, who is moving on to other challenges. It was already the fourth Dakar victory for the Qatari, who also has a number of successes to his name away from the cockpit: for example, an Olympic bronze medal in skeet shooting. “Extreme E is an exciting series with the ambition to contribute to a better future,” says Nasser Al-Attiyah, who shares the cockpit with German Jutta Kleinschmidt.
Extreme E Calendar 2022
19/20 February Neom (Saudi Arabia)
06/07 Julyy Sardinia (Italy)
09/10 July Senegal or Scotland
24/25 September Antofagasta (Chile)
26/27 November Punta del Este (Uruguay)