Extreme E is preparing for the final X Prix of its inaugural season, which is set to take place in Dorset this weekend.
Following four rounds of racing spanning three different continents, the season is set to conclude when Extreme E heads to the Ministry of Defence base in Bovington, Dorset for the series finale.
Although RXR has led the standings throughout and currently tops the table on 129 points, Lewis Hamilton’s X44 on 113 points could take Championship victory this weekend. Just behind the top two and in close contention are Andretti United Extreme E (93 points) and Jenson Button’s JBXE (92 points) as they fight to round out the top three spots.
In Dorset, a mixed surface of clay, sand, gravel, and mud dominates the course, making grip, or the lack of it, a key feature for the first time this season.
A fast downhill start will allow for multiple cars running side by side, but the wide-open space soon becomes a bottleneck and narrows down to single car width along the tree-lined course, bringing the drivers towards the course’s most striking feature – the 5.4-metre-high 23-degree ‘Knife Edge’ slope.
Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Our Dorset race is shaping up to be a thrilling finale and I can’t wait to see the teams battling it out on the course for victory at the concluding race of our first season.
“There has been some epic action on some exciting courses, and the route for Dorset will be no different. With a high chance of rain expected, the drivers are going to face the new challenge of a wet and muddy course, which could really spice things up in the Championship battle.
“More importantly, though, throughout our first year we have raised awareness of the climate crisis facing us all. Our presence in Dorset demonstrates that environmental issues are close to home, and we will be sure to leave a positive impact on the Jurassic coast.”
Extreme E’s decision to race in Dorset marks a shift from the Championship’s mission to race in remote, far-away places to highlight the effects of climate change. The off-road electric series is racing in Dorset to raise awareness of biodiversity loss by supporting The National Trust for this rounds Legacy Programme.