Rosberg Xtreme Racing confirms Johan Kristoffersson as its first Extreme E driver
2 December 2020, London: Extreme E, the new electric off-road racing series, today welcomes three-time World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson to the championship as Rosberg Xtreme Racing’s male driver.
Kristoffersson joins RXR ahead of the team’s maiden campaign in Extreme E, which will see electric SUVs competing in remote environments around the world to draw attention to the increasing effects of climate change.
At just 32-years old, Kristoffersson is the most-decorated World Rallycross driver in history and enters Extreme E following confirmation of his third title in the series. Since joining World RX in 2014, Kristoffersson has amassed 24 event wins in just six seasons of competition. The Swede’s experience in multi-car, off-road racing aligns with the short, sharp wheel-to-wheel racing set to take place during each X Prix.
Besides his World RX achievements, Kristoffersson’s career includes success in circuit racing, showcasing his adaptability to new challenges behind the wheel. These highlights include but are not limited to title success at national and regional level via the Swedish Touring Car Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia.
Kristoffersson will be joined by an as-yet-unannounced female teammate as part of RXR and Extreme E’s drive to promote gender equality and a level playing field amongst competitors.
Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, said: “Johan Kristoffersson is an incredible addition to the Extreme E driver line-up. He has recently won his third World Rallycross title and has a fantastic history in a variety of motorsport disciplines, so I’m sure he will be very competitive in Extreme E too. I look forward to seeing him behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 at the Extreme E test in December. ”
Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg Xtreme Racing driver said: “I’m incredibly proud to be joining Rosberg Xtreme Racing. Extreme E is a brand new race series and challenge that will visit some amazing locations to help promote an important message, so to be a part of that is very exciting for me.
“As a driver, you always want to be surrounded by winners. In Nico and the team he has assembled, we have a team committed to winning. We have a lot of preparation to do before the start of the season in March 2021, but I’m pumped to get started.”
Commenting on the announcement, Kimmo Liimatainen, Team Principal of Rosberg Xtreme Racing, said: “To attract a driver of Johan’s talents is an exciting development for RXR. Johan has excelled in multiple disciplines throughout his career and brings with him a level of experience that will help the team prepare and perform at the highest level both before and during our first season of Extreme E.”
Rosberg Xtreme Racing Founder and CEO Nico Rosberg said: “We are delighted to welcome a driver of Johan’s pedigree to the RXR family. As a former driver and now team founder, I have huge respect for what Johan has achieved in motorsport so far and look forward to being a part of his next chapter. In Johan we have one of the best off-road drivers in the world who adds to our team’s passion for racing and commitment to driving positive societal change.”
The inaugural season of Extreme E will begin in Saudi Arabia on 20-21 March 2021, marking the first X Prix in a five-event schedule.
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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: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia
20-21 March 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: Patagonia, Argentina
11-12 December 2021
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