The ABT CUPRA XE team continues its fight for a race victory as it heads into the Jurassic X Prix: the final round of the inaugural Extreme E Championship.
Team drivers Mattias Ekström and Jutta Kleinschmidt have built a solid foundation, pushing the ABT CUPRA XE team forward in one of the most challenging race series imaginable at the wheel of the e-CUPRA ABT XE1, the team’s 400kW (550PS) 100% electric off-road SUV.
The team enters the final round bolstered after standing second on the podium at the Island X Prix, which took place in Sardinia (Italy) in October. The result pushed ABT CUPRA XE to fifth place in the Teams’ Championship standings, just 10 points away from the podium.
But, as the curtain comes down on the sustainable, electrified motor racing series’ inaugural season, attention begins to shift to next year, which will once again feature CUPRA.
The inaugural season has given CUPRA and partner ABT a springboard from which to work in 2022, so it can challenge for the title when the lights go green.
Mattias Ekström, ABT CUPRA XE driver, said: “The inaugural Extreme E Championship has been an exciting year, where we discovered a new style of racing, while also highlighting some incredibly important environmental issues around the world.”
His team-mate, Jutta Kleinschmidt, added: “Extreme E has been a great discovery; the technology, the cars, the places we compete. A few weeks ago, we got on the podium in Sardinia and we don’t want to get off it in England.”
The Extreme E Championship is a wake-up call on the climate crisis and is the first sport built out of concern for what’s happening to ecological systems around the world. Its goal is to use electric racing to highlight natural environments under threat from climate change issues, encouraging us all to take positive action to protect our planet’s future.
Extreme E is a powerful mix of thrilling sports action, scientific education and storytelling to accelerate EV adoption in order to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.
Season two of the Extreme E Championship starts in February next year.