A new sponsorship agreement for Magneti Marelli Checkstar; this year we are lending our support to Tamara Molinaro, a young rally champion, who is taking part in the Extreme E championship exclusively for electric SUVs. Tamara, whose helmet displays the logo of our network of workshops, already has plenty of experience under her belt both for rallies and in driving off-road vehicles. Women’s champion in the European Rally Championship (ERC) in 2017, last year also saw her debut in the Extreme E as a driver for Axite Energy Racing, winning second place in the Island X Prix together with Timo Scheider. This year sees her return to the championship exclusively for electric SUVs, this time teaming up with Andreas Bakkerud, and we will all be cheering her on in this extremely challenging competition.
The Extreme E Championship is reserved for electric off-road vehicles, with races taking place over extremely challenging routes in remote areas of the planet, such as the Amazon Forest and the Arctic. Drivers need to face extreme trials in the desert, on glaciers and all kinds of unpaved road. All the vehicles are identical, and each team is made up of 2 drivers, one man and one woman. The paddock and base for the Extreme E is on the RMS St Helena, a cargo ship used to transport teams and stables to the race locations. The ship is fitted with a hydrogen-fuelled charging system, thus reducing environmental impact to a minimum, and the vehicles are charged with wave and solar energy.
Our choice to support Tamara Molinari in a full-electric vehicle championship is further demonstration of how our network is already prepared for the challenges of new mobility, thanks to our Hybrid & Electric concept. This programme provides for a package of technical information and training courses developed to provide all the Magneti Marelli Checkstar workshops with the tools needed to work to the highest standards on an ever-more widespread range of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Extreme E 2023: the programme
Extreme E is now at its third edition, and the 2023 programme provides for 5 stages subdivided into 2 days, for a total of 10 races. Every day will see both a qualification round and the race itself. The new format provides for two groups of 5 cars each for the qualification rounds, with the top fastest going on to the final and racing for the victory, while the remaining 5 will take part in the redemption race, establishing the rankings from sixth to tenth place.
The main teams in the stables include many names that are familiar to F1 enthusiasts; Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Sebastien Loeb, a demonstration of the appeal of this championship.
The first stage, named Desert X-Prix, took place in Saudi Arabia on 11 and 12 March, and the upcoming events are as follows:
· 13-14 May – Ocean X-Prix 2023 – Scotland
· 8-9 July – Island X-Prix 2023 – Sardinia
· 16-17 October – Brazil or the United States (to be defined)
· 2-3 December – Copper X-Prix 2023 – Chile
The 2023 Extreme E races can be seen on Sportmediaset.it, on the official Extreme E website, on the social networks Facebook and YouTube, on Channel 20 and DAZN, and on our social network profiles and those of Tamara.