Extreme E – the world’s first electric off-road racing series – starts today with qualifying for the Desert X Prix on Sunday Nine teams will battle it out in the Saudi Arabian desert of Al Ula in what has been called “Star Wars Pod Racing meets Dakar Rally”.
Fancy seeing the world’s top racing drivers ditch petrol and battle it out in five exotic X Prix? Here’s what to expect from the all-electric extravaganza said to be the future of motorsport…
Extreme E free live stream
Extreme E has already won the backing of F1 champion and social justice activist Lewis Hamilton thanks to its eco-friendly approach and gender-equal teams. The series will see nine teams battle it out in battery-electric, 400kW (550hp), 2.3-metre wide Odyssey 21 E-SUVs. Capable of firing from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, and at gradients of up to 130%, they’re not short of power.
Five Extreme E races are scheduled to take place in 2021: Desert, Ocean, Arctic, Amazon, Glacier. Each race is a two-day event; qualifying on day one will determine the top four runners who each progress to the final on day two. The team that performs the longest jump on the first jump of each race will get a “Hyperdrive” speed boost. Wild.
Ex-F1 Jenson Button has also been confirmed as a team owner and driver. Lewis Hamilton will also field an Extreme E team, although the F1 champ won’t actually get behind the wheel. Instead, his X44 car will be piloted by rally stars Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez.
Each of the teams will feature a male and a female driver. Confirmed 2021 Extreme E drivers include rally legend Carlos Sainz Sr and W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick. There will be no spectators due to remoteness of the locations. Instead, the five X Prix will be streamed online, with filming carried out by 4K drone cameras.
The first ever Extreme E race takes place in the Al Ula desert, Saudi Arabia, on 3rd-4th April 2021. Here’s how to live stream all the action for free…
How to live stream Extreme E for free
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How to watch Extreme E in the USA and Canada
Fox Sports has the rights to air live Extreme E races in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
The first three seasons of Extreme E will be screened across FS1 and FS2, as well as the Fox Sports app. The app is supported by Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Xbox.
Fancy watching an Extreme E race for free? You can take advantage of Sling TV’s free 3-day trial on it’s Blue package, which includes FS1.
Sling Blue costs $30 per month but there’s no lock-in contract, so you can cancel at any time. Here’s a full rundown of the best Sling TV packages.
How to watch Extreme E in the UK
Motorsport fans in the UK can stream all five X-Prix races live across BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, ITV Hub, Sky Sports Action and BT Sport 1. TV highlights will be shown on BBC Two, and ITV will screen a 20-part magazine programme called Electric Odyssey.
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Already a Sky subscriber? Sky Sports will also broadcast all five of the X Prix live – starting with Saudi Arabia on 3rd – 4th April 2021.
How to watch Extreme E in Australia
G’day motorsport fans. FOX Sports Australia has the rights to show live Extreme E races in Australia.
That means Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers will get a front row seat when the action starts on 3rd – 4th April 2021.
Kayo Sports is offering new subscribers a 14-day free trial. After that, you’ll be bumped onto a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35.
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How to watch Extreme E in Ireland
Virgin Media TV will be the home of Extreme E in Ireland. The broadcaster will air all five live Extreme E races as well as a range of highlights programmes.
Virgin Media’s Big Bundle costs €69 per month, which gets you 50+ TV channels and a set-top box complete with voice control
How to watch Extreme E in New Zealand
TVNZ has picked up the right to show all five Extreme E races in New Zealand.
The public service broadcaster will screen five two-hour live programmes covering all the action from at every event. You can also get an on-demand fix via the TVNZ website and app.
TVNZ aims to become known as the home of electric motorsport in New Zealand, having already nabbed the rights to Formula E and the Jaguar eTrophy.
How to watch Extreme E in Japan
Popular sports streaming service DAZN has the rights to broadcast every X Prix live in Japan, where motorsport is taken as seriously as fashion and whisky.
How to watch Extreme E in Latin America
ESPN will broadcast live racing action as well as highlights, magazine, preview and review shows across Latin American countries including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
The final two races of the inaugural Extreme E season are set to take place in Brazil and Argentina, so expect coverage to get prime billing.
How to watch Extreme E in the Balkans
Resident of Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia or Slovenia? Arena Sport TV network will show Extreme E’s live race action, highlights and magazine on MTS TV Go. Slovenia’s sport-only public television channel, Šport TV will also stream the action live on its digital platform, Sport_TV.
Extreme E 2021 calendar
Desert X Prix – 3-4 April 2021
Wadi Rum, Al Ula, Saudi Arabia
Ocean X Prix – 29-30 May 2021
Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal
Arctic X Prix – 28-29 August 2021
Amazon X Prix – 23-24 October 2021
Santarém, Pará, Brazil
Glacier X Prix – 11-12 December 2021
Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
Full details of each event can be found here.
Extreme E driver line-up 2021
Extreme E will go racing in April 2021, with nine entries confirmed, which include Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti United (USA); Veloce Racing, JBXE by Jenson Button and X44 by Lewis Hamilton (UK); ABT CUPRA XE and Rosberg X Racing (Germany); Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team and ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Spain).
The driver line-up is as follows:
Team X44 (United Kingdom)
Abt Cupra XE (Germany)
Acciona Sainz XE Team (Spain)
Andretti United Extreme E (USA)
Chip Ganassi Racing (USA)
Hispano-Suiza Xite Energy Team (Spain)
Christine Giampaoli Zonca
JBXE (United Kingdom)
Rosberg Xtreme Racing (Germany)
Veloce Racing (United Kingdom)