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Extreme E off-road racer inspired by GMC Hummer EV

GMC has announced a multiyear sponsorship with Chip Ganassi Racing for the team’s venture in the inaugural season of the Extreme E off-road racing series. CGR’s 550-horsepower electric SUV was inspired by the GMC Hummer EV.

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV, which is expected to go into production this fall, will offer a three-motor 4WD propulsion system with up to 1,000 horsepower.

Extreme E is a rough-and-tumble off-road rally that will showcase the abilities of electric SUVs against the backdrop of remote ecosystems. The new motorsport series aims to highlight the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the world’s most remote locations, and to promote the adoption of EVs. The championship intends to pioneer many sustainable technologies and techniques.

Extreme E’s inaugural season will consist of five races at five remote sites: AlUla, Saudi Arabia (April 3-4, 2021); Lac Rose, Senegal (May 29-30), Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (August 28-29); Para, Brazil (October 23-24); and Patagonia, Argentina (December 11-12).

“I can’t think of a better fit than showcasing the look of GMC’s Hummer EV in Extreme E with Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Jim Campbell, GM’s US VP for Performance and Motorsports. “Both the GMC Hummer EV and the Extreme E series are designed to be revolutionary—to challenge perceptions of electric vehicles and to showcase their true capability.”

“We feel very proud to welcome GMC and its iconic GMC Hummer EV to the Extreme E family, as it joins forces with our Chip Ganassi Racing team,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E. “Not only will Extreme E be a thrilling motorsport, it will also showcase the performance and benefits of electric vehicles.”

Sources: GMC, Extreme E

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