There's going to be some tough competition though.
Before we get started, you're probably wondering what the hell "Extreme E" even is. To summarize, it's an off-road racing series for electric vehicles. The series features vehicles with extreme buggy-like bodywork. The idea is to "bring electric racing to some of the most remote corners of the planet to highlight the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems, whilst showcasing the performance of all-electric SUVs in extreme conditions." Former F1 driver Jenson Button has just signed up as a team owner and driver, and now GMC is lending its support to the series with a multi-year sponsorship of Chip Ganassi Racing's outfit.
As you can see, the styling of CGR's 550-horsepower electric off-roader is heavily influenced by that of the GMC Hummer EV, and to good effect too. The sponsorship is a great way for GM to market the Hummer and doubtless the production version's abilities. Jim Campbell, GM USA's vice president of Performance and Motorsports, says: "Both GMC Hummer EV and the Extreme E series are designed to be revolutionary - to challenge perceptions of electric vehicles and to showcase their true capability." Team owner Chip Ganassi also had something to say: "The new GMC Hummer is going to be a game-changer in terms of how the world views off-road EV capability, and we couldn't be more proud to represent GMC in such an innovative new series."
Behind the wheel of the CGR racer will be Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price, both of whom will compete in the five-race global championship. It sounds like the kind of motorsport we'd love to watch, and with such a short calendar, anyone can make time to catch a race. The season kicks off with the "Desert X Prix" in Saudi Arabia on April 3 and 4 before traveling to the Ocean X race in Senegal in May, the Arctic race in Greenland in August, and the Amazon race in Brazil two months later. The final stop will be Patagonia, Argentina on December 11 and 12 for the Glacier X Prix.