Six occasions Method One champion Lewis Hamilton, an outspoken campaigner for the setting and sustainability, is coming into his personal group in a brand new Excessive E electrical off-road sequence highlighting local weather change.
The primary race is scheduled for early 2021 and Hamilton’s group will likely be often known as X44, referring to the Mercedes driver’s racing quantity.
The Briton, who won’t be driving or concerned in day-to-day operations, is the most important title to hyperlink up with a sequence that features the U.S.-based Andretti United and Chip Ganassi Racing groups.
“Excessive E is an thrilling new sustainability initiative, and it is a nice alternative to be concerned from the outset as a group founder,” Hamilton mentioned in a press release.
“In fact, my ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Method One imply that I will not be operationally concerned in X44, however I am excited to play a distinct function on this new sequence, one which brings my imaginative and prescient for a extra sustainable and equal world to life.”
Hamilton, a vegan, mentioned final 12 months he was attempting to cut back his carbon footprint — promoting his non-public jet and banning single-use plastic from house and workplace amongst different measures.
He additionally mentioned then that he had little interest in switching to the all-electric Method E sequence.
Excessive E races, held with out spectators however to be broadcast reside on TV and social media, will likely be held in a number of the most distant and harsh environments together with the Brazilian rain forest, Greenland, Saudi Arabian deserts and mountains of Nepal.
The areas are both already broken or severely underneath menace from a variety of points similar to rising sea ranges or deforestation.
Groups will race similar SUVs with each having a female and male driver.
The sequence can even use a former mail ship as a floating paddock and transporter between areas and for oceanographic analysis.
“Like us, Lewis is massively obsessed with motorsport, but in addition shares our perception that we are able to use sport to spotlight topics that are important to the world, similar to local weather change and equality,” mentioned sequence founder Alejandro Agag.