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Lotus hops into Extreme E with Jenson Button ahead of first race weekend

The Extreme E racing sequence is filling out with a host of intriguing names, and...

The Extreme E racing sequence is filling out with a host of intriguing names, and Lotus is the hottest producer to be a part of the fray. Lotus is hopping in as technical spouse to the Jenson Button Extreme E staff, generating it pretty the British powerhouse.

A solitary photo of the rally car is over with a basic JBXE and Lotus livery. Seeing Lotus hop into electric powered racing would make feeling specified that it will be pushing the Evija hypercar out the door shortly. The enterprise suggests it will be leveraging the experience it gained in progress of that auto to aid it succeed on the motorsports side.

“We are on the cusp of an exciting new period of electrified motorsport, and we’re delighted to assist the JBXE staff as Specialized Associate,” suggests Matt Windle, managing director of Lotus Vehicles. “The elaborate technicalities of EV racing existing a intriguing obstacle, and using our learnings from additional than a ten years of electrifying sports activities cars and trucks – most just lately with the Lotus Evija hypercar – we can convey important expertise to the staff.”

Jenson Button is performing as both equally the staff owner and driver of the auto in the Extreme E sequence. Other notable auto providers hopping into the sequence consist of GMC (a Hummer partnership), Fisker, Hispano Suiza and Cupra. Other racing outfits are also hopping on with no the assist of big auto manufacturers. The discipline has just nine teams suitable now, but the sluggish trickle proceeds with promising entries. This hottest progress with Lotus and Jenson Button is just an additional feather in the series’ cap.

“Lotus is a fantastic British manufacturer that is inextricably connected to motorsport, so we are delighted to welcome Lotus Engineering to JBXE,” Button suggests. “Extreme E is a special and exciting method, comprehensive of ‘world firsts’ and issues, and to announce that a manufacturer these as Lotus Engineering is coming on this journey with us is a very pleased moment for myself and the staff. We are incredibly enthusiastic about our new technical partnership and just can’t wait to show what we can do in the initially race this weekend.”

That initially race — termed the “Desert X Prix” — will just take area in Saudi Arabia this weekend. It is airing on Fox Athletics in the U.S. The 2nd race is practically two months right after this future one particular and will just take area in Senegal.