Senegal set as final location for inaugural Extreme E series
Racers compete during the Formula E Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 13, 2019.

Racers compete during the Formula E Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 13, 2019.

Extreme E has announced that its fifth and final location for its debut season in 2021 will be in Lac Rose, Senegal.

In association with Formula E, the Extreme E series is a pioneering new electric off-road racing series.

Series boss Alejandro Agag, who also founded the all-electric Formula E championship, confirmed on Thursday in a statement that Senegal's ocean race location on the west coast of Africa would join the Himalayas, Greenland, Saudi Arabia and the Amazon rainforest on the calendar.

Environmental protection

Extreme E has previously been described as an electric version of the Dakar Rally, and the series aims to race in areas most affected by climate change in order to raise global awareness of the issue, and to encourage consumers to swap a gasoline-powered car for an electric one.

"Extreme E will showcase the performance of electric vehicles to accelerate the adoption of e-mobility to help make the world more sustainable, faster," Agag said.

"We hope Extreme E will inspire sports fans, communities and governments to raise their climate ambition in an effort to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius."

Speaking of Senegal, Agag said: "This is an area of outstanding natural beauty but sadly, like many of the world's coastal areas. It is under severe threat from a variety of climate issues."

"This is a race we can – and must – win to avoid significantly worsening the risk of extreme temperatures, glacial melting, rising sea levels, droughts, flooding, and more, for hundreds of millions of people, including those living here in Senegal."

Format and track

Extreme E will use a traditional round-robin format with two groups of six teams, Extreme E revealed on its official website.

To minimize environmental impact, routes will be designed to incorporate existing obstacles and features with elevation changes and jumps.

The tracks comprise of five to six gates, on a combination of off-road tracks (e.g. Amazon Rainforests Track) and open ground (e.g. Arctic Ice Race).

The off-road stages will be around 6-10km in length with a series of virtual gates to be navigated through by drivers.

Possible drivers

The Extreme E statement said that further news on teams, partners, and drivers would be revealed over the coming weeks.

Notable drivers to have already expressed an interest in competing include multiple World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier, three-time Le Mans 24 hours winner Andre Lotterer, and former Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna.

(With input from Xinhua)