Extreme E was born as a competition that, from its fundamental bases, aims to promote gender equality. Nevertheless, beyond raising statements or carrying out activities, the organization has put itself “to work” creating attractive rules to show that women have the ability to be behind the wheel facing the most ruthless circuits in the world.
One of the Extreme E rules stipulates that of the 20 drivers that make up the series, 10 must be men and 10 women; a fact that becomes relevant today, March 8, International Women’s Day, as it is precisely in this series where some of the highest-level conductors are concentrated.
Jamie Chadwick, the off-road champion and X Games medalist, as well as the Australian rally winner Molly Taylor, are among the drivers who will be part of the series that will see its first race in the Al-Ula desert, Saudi Arabia between April 3-4.
Chadwick, who previously had the opportunity to drive only single-seaters and sports cars, has been eager to participate in the races since she was confirmed for Veloce Racing: “The first time I tested the car (The Odyssey 21); I knew I wanted to race it.
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“Is a large vehicle, yet the stunning power it produces when you put your foot down makes it exhilarating to drive. The fact that Extreme E is also committed to gender equality is just the icing on the cake,”Jamie Chadwick, Veloce Racing driver
Showing enthusiasm for the Extreme E format, Rosberg X Racing driver Molly Taylor was drawn to the “Electric Odyssey” format, while also showing her appreciation for the foundations of motorsport.
“One of the great things about motorsport is that when you put the helmet on it doesn’t matter what gender you are and that’s always been my philosophy. But what I have noticed through competing, is the number of young girls that when they see a female competing, they then want to be involved”Molly Taylor, Rosberg X Racing driver
The founder and CEO of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag, also offered a few words for International Women’s Day.
“We are striving for equality, and Extreme E’s sporting format is the truest reflection of that goal. Everybody will race together, and only the most effective combination of drivers, team, engineers and car will rise to the top.
“There is no shortage of women drivers good enough to take the seats!”, sentenced Agag, the main mind behind the competition.
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Written by | Osward Rubio