McLaren is the most recent to decide to Excessive E, the brand new FIA-sanctioned off-road racing sequence that has already attracted three System One world champions as workforce house owners.
In a press release launched on Friday, McLaren mentioned it should deal with Excessive E from 2022 with its personal workforce. The transfer is a part of a wider sustainability and variety agenda, it mentioned. We may 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 individuals behind System E and is presently 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 presently competing, and per the foundations, 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 automotive model to hitch 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 isn’t 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 System E.
“Whereas System 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 assist all our packages,” Zak Brown, head of McLaren Racing, mentioned in a press release.
For Excessive E’s inaugural season, all groups use a standard electrical off-roader referred to as the Odyssey 21. The automobile is manufactured by Spark Racing Expertise, the identical firm that builds the System E race vehicles, and its claimed efficiency specs embrace a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and the power to climb gradients of as much as 130%.