Lia Block joins Extreme E grid

Block continues her varied 2023 season by competing for Carl Cox Motorsport in electic off-road category

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There’s not a lot left on four wheels for Lia Block to have a go in.

Rallycross? Check.

Pikes Peak? Completed it mate.

Rally? Absolutely killing it.

Extreme E? Watch this space.

The 16-year-old American will become the latest driver to sample the all-electric off-road series when she competes at this weekend’s Island X-Prix in Sardinia for Carl Cox Motorsport – her first ever motorsport event in Europe.


Block replaces Christine GZ for the rest of the season. Timo Schieder will be her team-mate.

“I am thrilled to be making my Extreme E debut at the next round in Sardinia for the Island X Prix,” said Block.

“It is a huge opportunity to race for Carl Cox Motorsport and I cannot wait to get behind the wheel and out on the course. I am eager to do my best for the team and score some good results.

“I am really looking forward to working alongside Timo [Scheider], who I have known for years, and the rest of the team – it is going to be my first race outside of the USA, and up against so many big names in the sport, but I am looking forward to the challenge and keen to get started.”

Block’s 2023 has been blockbuster – starring in particular in the Green APU American Rally Association with three Open 2WD class wins on the bounce in her Subaru BRZ, including an astonishing fourth overall on Oregon Trail Rally.

Soon after she appeared in Nitrocross’s NEXT category where she dominated on track but the result was later overturned in the stewards’ room.

And then, in tribute to her late father Ken, Lia drove the 1400bhp Porsche Hoonipigasus up the famous Pikes Peak hillclimb at the end of June and mastered it with ease.

The weekend after the Island X-Prix, Lia will be back in rallying action for the New England Forest Rally.

The Odyssey 21 will be yet another new machine for her to master, but she won’t be the first Block to drive one as Ken got a taste of the machine in its development phase before the first season of Extreme E.

Words:Luke Barry