Extreme E Reveals ‘Joker Driver’ and race course advisor – Timo Scheider

Extreme E Reveals ‘Joker Driver’ and race course advisor – Timo Scheider

15 March 2021, London: Extreme E has revealed the first of its two ‘Joker Drivers,’ in the form of Timo Scheider, an experienced German racer with two DTM titles to his name. Scheider will be supporting Extreme E across myriad sporting projects.

Alongside his ‘Joker Driver’ responsibilities of being on hand to jump into one of the ODYSSEY 21s at a moments notice, Timo will also be contributing to the design of Extreme E’s race courses at each of its far-flung locations.

Scheider has competed in a wide range of motorsport disciplines from single-seaters to touring cars and rallycross. Having claimed back-to-back DTM titles in 2008 and 2009, a 24 Hours of Le Mans podium in 2010 plus victories at the 24 Hours of Spa and the infamous Nurbürgring as well as World Rallycross podiums in 2017 and 2020, the 42-year-old is perfectly equipped to tackle an innovative and incomparable series such as Extreme E.

The ability to adapt his driving style to suit different terrains, car requirements as well as conditions will prove vital in his new role with the championship.

James Taylor, Chief Championship Officer at Extreme E, said: “It’s fantastic to have Timo [Scheider] on the team, he has a huge amount of knowledge so we have a lot of faith in his abilities to support the championship.

“Timo has invaluable experience working across so many motorsport disciplines on terrains and conditions at either end of the scale, so he was a natural choice to help design the courses we’ll be racing on.”

Timo Scheider said: “It’s a pretty new experience for me and I was super excited about the Extreme E team and the challenge to design a course in the middle of nowhere. I really enjoyed the first recce in Saudi Arabia and designing a course in the desert, there are so many things to consider, but the course is going to provide incredible racing. I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 and be the first to drive the official Extreme E course in just a few weeks’ time, it’ll be a moment in history.

“The ‘Joker Driver’ role is pretty cool too and I’m delighted to be available for all the teams and fulfil a driver role should it be required.

“Extreme E marks a new era of motorsport and its environmental ethos is something very special. I think the idea to create a motorsport series to raise awareness of the environment and the impact we as humans are having is an important one.  I think the series is going to change the face of motorsport and that’s why I’m really looking forward to being on this journey.”

Extreme E’s second Joker Driver will be revealed later this week. The series’ inaugural X Prix takes from place from 3 – 4 April in AlUla, Saudi Arabia.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit – www.Extreme-E.com

About Extreme E:

Extreme E is a radical new racing series, which will see electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world which have already been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues. The five-race global voyage highlights the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles in the quest for a lower carbon future for the planet.

To minimise local impact, Extreme E races will not be open to spectators, with fans instead invited to follow the action through live TV broadcast, and on social media.

The St. Helena, a former passenger cargo ship, has undergone a multi-million Euro refit to minimise emissions and transform her into Extreme E’s operations hub. The ship will be used to transport the championship’s freight and infrastructure, including vehicles, to the nearest port, minimising Extreme E’s footprint, as well as being used to facilitate scientific research through its on-board laboratory.

Extreme E is also pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology which will enable its race fleet to be charged using zero emission energy. This innovative solution from AFC Energy uses water and sun to generate hydrogen power. Not only will this process emit no greenhouse emissions, its only by-product will be water, which will be utilised elsewhere on-site.

Season 1 Calendar:

Desert X Prix: AlUla, Saudi Arabia
3-4 April 2021
Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal
29-30 May 2021
Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
28-29 August 2021
Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil
23-24 October 2021
Glacier X Prix: Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
11-12 December 2021

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