07. Februar 2019, 08:28 Uhr | Stefanie Eckardt
Handshake for a successful partnership in the new Extreme E electrics series: Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag (left) and Continental Executive Board member Nikolai Setzer.
Continental is to sponsor the new Extreme E off-road electric racing series. The organizers are anticipating 12 teams will take part in the first season, slated to begin in two years. Prototype testing is scheduled to start in April 2019. Continental is initially a Founding Partner of the series.
With electric SUVs and tire technology from Continental, the new series takes participants to the most remote corners of the world. The tire manufacturer will ensure perfect road grip, whether in the Himalayas, on the coast of the Indian Ocean, in the Arctic, across the desert or in the tropics. The racing series at its locations will emphasise the challenges with which everyone in these ecosystems is already being confronted by today.
»We are truly excited to partner with Extreme E«, said Nikolai Setzer, member of the Executive Board of Continental AG responsible for the Tire division and Corporate Purchasing. »This very new format of racing sports offers the opportunity to demonstrate how our ultra-high performance tires succeed in extreme conditions. Drivers in this adventurous off-road series will experience how performance meets safety on no matter which ground. An important factor of this series will be to heighten the audiences awareness towards current and future challenges such as climate change, the responsible interaction with our environment and the protection of important ecosystems. Sustainability is high on our company’s agenda and this aligns perfectly with the targets of Extreme E, too.«
Founder and CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag added: »I’ve always been passionate about progressing electric vehicle technology and the impact that clean mobility solutions can have on the efforts to halt global climate change. I strongly believe that Extreme E can help make the world more sustainable faster.«