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McLaren Racing to enter Extreme E in 2022 | Paddock Magazine
June 11, 2021
McLaren Racing to open a brand new motorsport chapter in 2022 by getting into into Excessive E. The group to be operated by McLaren Racing utilizing present personnel from exterior Formulation 1 programme.
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McLaren Racing will open a brand new motorsport chapter in 2022 when it enters a group into Excessive E, the progressive all-electric off-road sequence which goals to make use of racing to advertise sustainability and variety. The group will compete within the five-race world championship, serving to to speed up McLaren Racing’s personal sustainability and variety agenda, whereas reaching new followers and companions, and rising the McLaren Racing model and franchise.
Excessive E highlights the impression of local weather change in among the world’s most distant environments, promotes the adoption of electrical automobiles to pave the best way for a lower-carbon future, and offers a world-first gender-equal motorsport platform.
The choice to enter Excessive E follows an in depth analysis of the sequence by McLaren in opposition to a set of strategic, financial and operational standards. These have been underpinned by a transparent crucial for accelerating McLaren Racing’s personal sustainability mission, which locations carbon discount, the recycling, reuse and elimination of waste, and variety, equality and inclusion at its core.
Excessive E goals to minimise environmental impression however maximise consciousness, racing in locations which have already been broken or affected by local weather change, taking followers deep into the guts of essentially the most urgent environmental points going through the planet. On the identical time, the sequence has built-in equality and variety, with every group fielding one male and one feminine driver.
In parallel, Excessive E helps the automotive business to develop future-facing know-how utilizing racing as a platform for mobility innovation, which motorsport has lengthy been related to as an accelerator of analysis and improvement.
McLaren Racing has been a frontrunner in electrical motorsport from the outset, supplying the battery powertrain to the FIA Formulation E Championship for the Gen 1 and Gen 2 seasons, using the identical know-how pioneered within the McLaren P1 hypercar. With its transfer from provider to group, McLaren Racing will proceed to construct its know-how and experience within the all-electric racing house.
Simultaneous competitors in numerous sequence has been embedded in McLaren Racing for the reason that founding of the group, with Can-Am, Formulation 1, INDYCAR and Le Mans all forming a part of the McLaren legacy of motorsport competitors and innovation. Excessive E will add to the various McLaren Racing portfolio, with Formulation 1 firmly on the centre, along with INDYCAR and esports.
The group can be operated by McLaren Racing utilizing each present personnel from exterior the Formulation 1 programme and extra specialist useful resource. Like all groups, McLaren Racing is restricted to 4 mechanics and one engineer at every occasion for the one-make automotive and its two drivers, transported by Excessive E as a part of the general franchise bundle.
Zak Brown, the CEO, McLaren Racing, commented:
From the second Excessive E was introduced we now have been following the progress of the sequence intently. Our consideration was instantly drawn by the progressive format of this motorsport platform, specifically, the power it offers us to speed up and increase our personal overarching sustainability agenda, which shares the identical priorities of decarbonisation, waste discount, variety and equality.
On the identical time, it should allow us to succeed in a brand new viewers with an progressive race format, join with a brand new technology of followers by way of content material served throughout a wide range of channels and supply companions with a purpose-led competitors platform to align with and share in a optimistic, highly effective narrative.
From the outset, McLaren has at all times been on the forefront and by no means afraid to push new boundaries. This new enterprise is true to our roots of collaborating in a wide range of classes, innovation and bravado. Excessive E is paving new floor in motorsport as a drive for good in confronting among the greatest challenges going through our world right this moment and sooner or later.
Whereas Formulation 1 will at all times stay on the centre of our world, like INDYCAR and esports, our entry into Excessive E is additive to the McLaren Racing franchise and can complement and assist assist all our programmes. We can be competing in opposition to large names we’re very accustomed to from F1 and INDYCAR however, like all sequence we compete in, the competitors goal is obvious: we’re there to win.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Excessive E, mentioned:
Excessive E’s mission is to make use of sport to construct consciousness and speed up clear know-how improvements that profit the mobility business and past. To have McLaren on board, which symbolises the very best stage of racing and automotive innovation, is a big endorsement that what we now have delivered in simply our first two races of Season 1 has already created an actual impression in motorsport.
We’re completely thrilled to welcome Zak and the powerhouse McLaren Racing group to Excessive E, and it’s secure to say, we are able to’t wait to see how the group performs in its first off-road, electrical racing debut. Season 2 simply acquired very thrilling!