Formula E champion team Techeetah enters Extreme E

Outfit becomes first Asia-based entry ahead of all-electric off-road series' first season


Two-time Formula E Teams’ Champion Techeetah will enter Extreme E next year, and has become the first Asian-based outfit to announce its participation in the electric off-road series.

Competing under the Team Techeetah Extreme E banner, the Chinese squad will run in collaboration with SECA, a leading Chinese management and marketing company that owns the DS Techeetah operation in Formula E.

Techeetah entered Formula E in 2016 and its drivers have claimed the three most recent titles, with Jean-Éric Vergne (twice) and António Felix da Costa.

Antonio Félix da Costa (PRT), DS Techeetah, DS E-Tense FE20

Photo: FIA Formula E

The team has also won the constructors’ title for the past two seasons.

Techeetah’s participation in the new-for-2021 electric series comes at the expense of Venturi, which has announced its intention to concentrate on its Formula E program.

Extreme Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “Techeetah has achieved unrivalled success in recent seasons in Formula E so it is fantastic to be able to welcome them into our Extreme E family.

“Extreme E offers an entirely unique proposition in motor racing, with cutting-edge E-SUVs racing head-to-head across five of the most remote locations on the planet with a brand-new engineering challenge for teams and drivers to overcome.”

Team Techeetah’s president Edmund Chu, who will co-run the operation alongside team principal Mark Preston said: “We are motivated by the challenge that Extreme E poses and are excited by the car, the race locations, and the race format.

“At Techeetah we are passionate about getting the most out of emerging technologies to boost racing performance and look forward to bringing this energy to Extreme E.

“We love the focus on green issues and the opportunity to engage a young audience in a series that mixes racing, care for the environment and travel and adventure.”

Words:Stephen Brunsdon

Images:Extreme E, FIA Formula E