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Lewis Hamilton Launches His Own Extreme E Racing Team, Senegal Among Locations In The 1st Season Of The New Electric Off-road Racing Series

British racing champion Lewis Hamilton has launched his own team dubbed X44, which will participate in the first season of the groundbreaking new electronic off-road racing series.

The team, named after the number he started racing with as a child, will participate in the race to raise awareness about climate change. According to the announcement, the competitors will race in 5 remote locations; Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Brazilian rain forest, and Greenland. The races will take place over two laps of approximately 16km.

Though the champion will not be participating in the Extreme E Championships with his team due to his “ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula One,” he says, he is excited to play a unique role that “that brings my vision for a more sustainable and equal world to life.”

The race will not be open to spectators; instead, fans will be able to follow it through live television broadcast, and on social media, this the organizers say will be part of the efforts to minimize environmental impact.

The series E-SUV named ODYSSEY 21, is manufactured by Spark Racing Technology; it can go from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, at gradients of up to 130 percent with a Williams Advanced Engineering powered battery. Other car features include a niobium-reinforced steel alloy tubular frame and purpose-built tyres, designed by Continental Tyres.


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