Formula E will operate a new series of electric utilities, ‘Extreme E’ that is ready to compete in challenging terrain and terrain such as the Himalayas and the Arctic.
Motorsport.com, has learned about the project, which is still in the early stages of development, and is expected to be launched in 2020, has already been introduced to manufacturers as a series of specifications with limited areas for development.
These include engine and body, although the chassis has a defined specification, and the cars will resemble the street SUV models.
The project will be led by the Indy 500 winner in 2003 and newly appointed McLaren Formula 1 sports director Gil de Ferran and is supported by the CEO and founder of FE, Alejandro Agag.
“Extreme E, all I can say is that it’s a new project that will be operated by Formula E,” Agag told Motorsport.com.
“Formula E, will take over the operation of this new project that is still in the early stages.”
“But we hope that Gil de Ferran, who is leading the project, will make an announcement soon in more detail. But that’s all I can say. ”
When asked about the importance of electric SUV models for street car manufacturers, Agag said: “SUV is the name of the game, that’s where the big manufacturers are going.”
By setting strict limits on development areas, but allowing potential manufacturers wishing to enter the series, they invested their technology in specific parts, Extreme E would resemble the technical competition that FE has used since its second season in 2015/16.
But unlike the series of single-seaters, which maintained the same chassis specifications for the first four seasons, before presenting its aggressive-style Gen2 car for the upcoming 2018/19 championship, Extreme E would allow manufacturers to use similar racing designs to street models.