McLaren is the newest to decide to Excessive E, the brand new FIA-sanctioned off-road racing sequence that has already attracted three Components One world champions as group house owners.
In a press release launched on Friday, McLaren stated it’s going to sort out Excessive E from 2022 with its personal group. The transfer is a part of a wider sustainability and variety agenda, it stated. We might additionally see it as being the primary steps towards creating some credibility for an electrical crossover in McLaren’s lineup.
Excessive E was created by the identical folks behind Components E and is at the moment internet hosting its inaugural season. Every season has 5 rounds, with the 2021 season having kicked off in April with a gap spherical in Saudi Arabia.
There are 9 groups at the moment competing, and per the principles, every has to have one male driver and one feminine driver taking equal turns behind the wheel.
Excessive E electrical racing SUV
McLaren is definitely the third automobile model to affix the sequence. The primary two have been Volkswagen Group’s Cupra and fellow Spanish model Hispano Suiza, and EV startup Fisker has additionally hinted on the possibility of forming a team. There are additionally groups backed by present F1 star Lewis Hamilton and former drivers Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button.
It is not the primary time McLaren has been concerned in an electrical racing sequence. The British squad has additionally been a provider of key elements, together with batteries, for Components E.
“Whereas Components One will all the time stay on the middle of our world, like IndyCar and esports, our entry into Excessive E is additive to the McLaren Racing franchise and can complement and assist help all our applications,” Zak Brown, head of McLaren Racing, stated in a press release.
For Excessive E’s inaugural season, all groups use a standard electrical off-roader often known as the Odyssey 21. The automobile is manufactured by Spark Racing Know-how, the identical firm that builds the Components E race vehicles, and its claimed efficiency specs embody a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and the power to climb gradients of as much as 130%.