Extreme E today has revealed the specific location of their next race in Scotland. The Hydro X-Prix weekend will take place at the former Glenmuckloch opencast coal mine site in Dumfries and Galloway on May 13th and 14th.
The former Glenmuckloch coal mine site, which is set to host Extreme E's Hydro X Prix, offers an ideal natural arena to demonstrate the necessary shift from fossil fuels to clean energy futures, which is the primary focus of the off-road rally series.
“Extreme E is a unique sport for purpose racing series. We are thrilled to be headed to Scotland in May for the Hydro X Prix, and we could not have found a more perfect racing site than the former Glenmuckloch coal mine," said Extreme E Founder and CEO, Alejandro Agag. "Not only will this site provide one of the most dramatic and extreme race courses we have seen in our global journey, it will tell a poignant story about transition and the changing of courses that the energy industry and communities must all take if we are to succeed in the fight against climate change.”
Extreme E is a pioneering electric motorsport platform that provides a thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing format. It is also the first series to offer a gender-equal racing platform where male and female drivers compete equally for success. This unique feature sets an inspiring example for the motorsport industry and promotes gender equality in sports.
Catie Munnings, Driver for the Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E team, is excited about the series return to the UK saying, "There’s always something unique about every Extreme E course but racing in a location like this which is close to home will be something special for me and the team. I've heard the track will be a combination of both fast sections on grass as well as drops into a quarry which will be really interesting to see. The Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E team have a lot to build on and we are more hungry than ever to achieve a result that we deserve.”
In addition to the racing action, Extreme E also uses their 'Legacy Programme' to bring positive and lasting change to the local communities that host their events. For the Hydro X-Prix, Extreme E is launching a community-led project aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change on the local salmon stocks. The multi-stage project will involve the re-planting of over a thousand trees and the use of innovative technologies to monitor the habitat. Through these efforts, Extreme E will drive a long-term transformation of the River Nith area, ensuring the preservation of salmon stocks critical to the local industry. This project is a testament to Extreme E's commitment to promoting sustainable practices and protecting the environment for future generations and has been welcomed by Anna Gergusson, Estate Director of Buccleuch's Queensbury Estate, home of Glenmuckloch.
“Hosting Extreme E is a wonderful opportunity for Buccleuch and the local community. Their commitment to the environment flows through everything they do, and using the sport to highlight local and international nature-based projects enables engagement on so many levels. For me, personally, recognising gender equality sends an incredibly positive message, which is important to recognise.”
The racing action will be best viewed live on STV and ITV, in the UK, over both Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May to enable the best views. Outside of the UK, please visit here for broadcaster details.
To learn more about Extreme E, visit: www.Extreme-E.com