JBXE Racing, Jenson Button’s team, announced Lotus Engineering as the latest addition to its partner staff. The world-renowned British engineering consultancy, part of the Lotus Group, joins as a technical ally, supporting the Extreme E team in this radical new off-road electric series.
Highly respected for its dedication to cutting-edge technologies and motorsports pedigree, Lotus Engineering is internationally recognized for driving innovation in the automotive industry and beyond.
JBXE Racing looks forward to working together with Lotus Engineering to promote electrification and highlight the importance of sustainable solutions to help protect and preserve the planet.
JBXE Racing team founder and 2009 FIA Formula 1 World Drivers Champion Jenson Button and multiple Scandinavian touring car winner Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky are preparing to compete in the 2021 Extreme E Championship debut later this week: The Desert X Prix will take place April 3-4 in AlUla, Saudi Arabia.
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About the alliance, Button said: “Lotus is a great British brand that is inextricably linked to motorsport
“To announce that a brand such as Lotus Engineering is coming on this journey with us is a proud moment for myself and the team.
“Extreme E is a unique and exciting formula, full of “world firsts” and challenges, and to announce that a brand such as Lotus Engineering is coming on this journey with us is a proud moment for myself and the team.
“We are very excited about our new technical partnership and can’t wait to show what we can do in the first race this weekend.”
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Matt Windle, managing director of Lotus Cars, commented: “We are on the cusp of an exciting new era of electrified motorsport, and we’re delighted to support the JBXE team as technical partner.
“The complex technicalities of EV racing present a fascinating challenge, and using our learnings from more than a decade of electrifying sports cars – most recently with the Lotus Evija hypercar – we can bring valuable knowledge to the team.”
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Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E noted: “It’s fantastic that Lotus Engineering is entering Extreme E alongside Jenson Button’s JBXE team. The long-term success of our series relies on bringing in top automotive manufacturers to utilise our extreme racing platform as a testbed for accelerating electric mobility innovation for the wider industry.
“Lotus Engineering brings a wealth of experience in electrification and will no doubt prove a huge asset to the JBXE team. Welcome to the Extreme E family Lotus!”
Source: Extreme E
Written by I Jhonattan González