First full-power Extreme E group test conducted in Spain

Matt Kew
·3-min read

A previous test of the all-electric ODYSSEY 21 SUV was conducted at Chateau de Lastours in southern France in October. However, this was a centrally-run car and a lower power mode was used.

Now, all nine teams confirmed for the inaugural five-round season in 2021 have taken delivery of their Spark Racing Technology-built machines, which they used in Spain. This two-day test, split across two circuit layouts at Motorland Aragon, marked the first time all teams have run in the full 400kW power mode, equivalent to 550bhp. 

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Jamie Chadwick, Veloce Racing

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Sébastien Loeb, Cristina Gutiérrez, X44

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XE founder Alejandro Agag said: “We’ve been working towards this day for over two years. The dream is finally becoming a reality and it’s certainly been a proud moment to see such a talented group of drivers all together. 

“This championship has one of the strongest line-ups of drivers anywhere on the planet.”

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The XE cars will be returned to teams for final preparation ahead of being loaded on to the RMS St Helena vessel. It will then depart in February for a continuous voyage, stopping first in Saudi Arabia for the maiden event across 20-21 March. 

XE and Formula E race director Scot Elkins said of the Motorland test: “We battled the weather a little bit as we had strange conditions with the fog, but overall it's been really really good. 

“We have used two courses during the test, the first was much longer and much more open,  it's actually more suited to what we'll see on the real events in terms of having the course laid out by markers and typical designations, whereas the other course was more of a closed course; it's a single material so it's just dirt as opposed to the other, which has some different materials to deal with on the races. 

“The test has given everybody a good opportunity to see the different environments that we're going to be racing in next year.”