February 9, 2023

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McLaren to enter Extreme E electric SUV series in 2022

LONDON — McLaren will add an Extreme E crew to their Components 1 and Indycar functions next 12 months in a important boost for the recently introduced electric powered off-road sequence (an additional team’s car or truck is pictured higher than).

McLaren Racing main executive Zak Brown told reporters he expected the involvement to be “commercially positive” from the start out.

McLaren would mainly use current staff for the crew, but not from Components 1.

“What we will never do is distract or detract from our Components 1 efforts,” added Brown. “Indycar, Extreme E are there to be complementary and accelerate our Components 1 efforts.”

McLaren will be the tenth crew signed up to the five-race sequence introduced by Spaniard Alejandro Agag, who also launched the metropolis-based mostly Components E championship, with two much more slots nonetheless offered.

7-time Components 1 entire world winner Lewis Hamilton, and 2009 and 2016 entire world champions Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg, also have Extreme E groups.

“The McLaren news is a important, important boost for Extreme E,” Agag told reporters in a online video connect with.

“We know that there are a lot of brands on the lookout at Extreme E. The news of McLaren moving into is for absolutely sure heading to support other brands look at Extreme E with desire. Currently is the biggest news in our brief background.”

The crew will be entered by McLaren Racing, alternatively than the automotive facet whose present design vary focuses closely on petrol-engined supercars.

Other brands concerned in Extreme E – Seat’s Cupra brand name, Hummer and Lotus – have an electric powered design or item vary to boost but McLaren have in the earlier ruled out earning an electric powered SUV.

“I wouldn’t want to converse on their behalf,” Brown mentioned when asked whether that solution could possibly transform. “This is a McLaren Racing exertion exclusively.

“Of program electrification is incredibly significant to the automotive group … (but) it really is not an indicator one particular way or the other as to Automotive’s placement on SUVs.”

Brown mentioned a attainable involvement in the Environment Endurance Championship (WEC) and Components E remained under review right until later in the 12 months.

Extreme E aims to raise consciousness about local weather transform and boost sustainability by racing electric powered SUVs in remote and severe environments, with a former mail ship employed to transportation automobiles between spots.

Brown already has an involvement as a result of his United Autosports, which co-owns a crew with Andretti Autosports, but the American mentioned he was a “silent spouse” in that.

He mentioned McLaren’s move would give the Bahraini-owned organization a broader giving for sponsors.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin Enhancing by Hugh Lawson and Nick Macfie)

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