LEWIS HAMILTON has started his own all-electric racing team to help raise awareness in climate change.
The F1 world champion has signed up to the all-electric Extreme E championship that will start racing next January in some of the most remote parts of the world.
The championship is the idea of Formula E founder, Alejandro Agag, and has the backing of a scientific committee with climate experts from Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
They will advise on education and research programmes in each area to leave a lasting legacy.
Hamilton said: "It's an exciting new project and it will be fun to have a different role from being the team driver.
'MY LOVE FOR THE PLANET'
"What is most appealing though, is that the Extreme E Championship will be not only raising awareness of some of the most critical environmental issues facing our planet, but also doing something about it through working with local charitable organisations to leave behind no trace and a long -lasting legacy of change.
"Every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, together with my love for our planet, to have a positive impact.
"I'm looking forward to the team taking part in this new series and I think it's incredible that we can do so whilst raising awareness about the climate crisis."
Here’s our lowdown to the championship, the vehicles and the venues as it revs up for next January.
Extreme E is an off-road racing series that uses electric SUVs in remote parts of the world. There will not be fans at the tracks but will be televised and played through social media. Extreme E will engage with local charities to help conservation, preservation and environmental support.
All teams will use the same car. The Spark ODYSSEY 21 Extreme E E-SUV powered by an electric motor and capable of 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. The cars will be stored and transported to each venue on board a ship that has an multi-million pound eco-friendly refit.
Ocean – Senegal – Lac Rose – 22–24 January 2021
Desert – Saudi Arabia – Sharaan, Al-Ula – 4–6 March 2021
Glacier – Nepal – Kali Gandaki Gorge – 6–8 May 2021
Arctic – Greenland – Kangerlussuaq – 27–29 August 2021
Rainforest – Brazil -Santarem, Para – 29–31 October 2021
Hamilton's team – called X44 – his car number in F1, marks his first solo project in racing.
The cars will be battery powered 550bhp SUVs that will be stored and transported on a specially converted cargo ship called RMS St Helena.
While Hamilton will not be driving, he will be the owner of the team and comes after he expressed his desire to switch to electric road vehicles.
He currently has two regular electric road cars in his garage, a new Mercedes EQS and a Smart car.
The 35-year-old has become more environmentally focussed and used his social media to raise awareness on climate change.
He is also the co-owner of Neat Burger, the world's first plant-based sustainable burger chain, who are sponsoring the series.
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