The founder and CEO of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag, received the Hero of Motorsport award from Autocar. The recognition is awarded to the person who has had a significant impact on motorsport and, in turn, on the automotive industry in general.
“I’m delighted to receive this award from Autocar. It is a true recognition of the achievements we have made in driving the electric conversation through motorsport. I’m very proud of what both Formula E and Extreme E have achieved and I look forward to ensuring they go from strength-to-strength as we look to support the fight against climate change,” said Alejandro Agag.
Autocar Director Mark Tisshaw said Agag’s leadership in Formula E and Extreme E has revolutionized the world of motorsport with challenging ideas in the eyes of skeptics who believed that single-seater series could not go hand in hand with electricity.
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“Formula E into a world championship that has attracted some of the industry’s biggest manufacturers, and with Extreme E Agag is now showing that motorsport can address issues such as sustainability and climate change,” added the director.
The Agag tour
Agag first entered the world of electric motorsports in 2014 when he launched the ABB FIA Formula E Championship before creating Extreme E, which had its first race earlier this year at AlUla.
Both championships shows electric mobility and promote cleaner technologies through sport. Likewise, Extreme E also highlights the devastating effects of climate change by competing in remote locations suffering from the environmental crisis.
The electric off-roader competition has now completed two of its five X-Prixes in its inaugural season, the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia and the Ocean X Prix in Senegal. For the month of August, the Extreme E will arrive in Greenland to celebrate the Arctic X Prix.
The series also highlights solutions and leaves a lasting positive impact on race venues through the Legacy Programs, which have planted one million mangroves in Senegal and conserved turtles on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago