Extreme E has named Venturi Automobiles as the first team to join the electric SUV off-road racing series. The Monegasque electric vehicle manufacturer has a background in high-level motorsport and has been active as a competitor in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since 2014.
The team will compete across Extreme E’s five environments with an electric SUV consisting of a common package provided by Spark Racing Technology. This encompasses specification parts, homologated framework and tires supplied by founding partner Continental Tyres. Ahead of the series, the OEM will be able to test and develop its own powertrain and bodywork.
Prototype testing is scheduled to get underway in July, with the delivery of 12 cars from Spark Racing Technology to follow in March 2020. Group testing will take place mid-way through next year before the teams board Extreme E’s floating paddock, RMS St Helena ahead of the opening race in January 2021.