Jurassic X Prix in the UK confirmed as Extreme E 2021 finale


October 12, 2021

by Phil Kinch

The electric off-road racing series Extreme E has confirmed that the last round of its inaugural 2021 season will take place at Bovington, in Dorset, on the weekend of December 18-19.

Named as the Jurassic X Prix, due to the event’s close proximity to the Jurassic Coast, this announcement does see the series make the move away from the previous remote locations it has raced on so far this year.

Highlighting the dangers of Coastal Erosion, the dangers that brings to both the affected population and also the added issues to Climate Change, the series will outline plans of how it will bring benefit to the area as it has with the other three events so far.

With the Island X Prix due to take place on October 23-24 in Sardinia, this means that the series will complete its first year of competition, with the 2022 calendar and teams having already been set out.

Extreme E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag explained his excitement about bringing the series to the UK.

“I’m very excited by this race location – our first event on UK soil. This move is a poignant shift in our mission to race in remote, far-away places to highlight the effects of climate change, as more increasingly, the issues we talk about are literally happening in our backyards so it felt like the right time to bring the spotlight home, and help the army reduce its own carbon footprint,” said Agag.

“The world needs to move forward when it comes to the combustion engine and many other practices, and what better way to symbolise that than with a Jurassic-themed X Prix. Unless we push forward with climate and sustainability action, certain species risk becoming extinct, and that is something we simply cannot ignore any longer.”

Bovington is a well-known British Army military base and sits just off the Jurassic Coastline. Extreme E is working closely with the British Ministry of Defence and Army which has recently revealed its climate change and sustainability strategy.

The strategy combines the mitigation of environmental impact whilst maintaining military output. It aims to do this by reducing emissions and scaling up the transition to renewables, thus contributing to the UK’s aim to be net-zero by 2050. Efforts have started already with the Army piloting electric armoured vehicles and carbon-efficient accommodation.

Major General Simon Hutchings OBE explained the Army’s involvement.

“The British Army prides itself on its ability to conduct operations in all environments, adapting and developing its skills as required. The opportunity to work alongside Extreme E who are world leaders in the electrification of vehicles and sustainable energy production is very exciting.”

“It will enable us to share innovative ideas which will allow the Army to continue to gain technology advantage globally, whilst also contributing to our climate and sustainability targets.”

JBXE Team Principal Jenson Button, whose team has been a part of the series from the start, said about how having his squad race on home turf was a positive mood.

“It is brilliant news that Extreme E's Season finale will be held in the UK. I’ve been lucky enough to race on UK soil a number of times throughout my career and those memories will always be incredibly special to me,” said Button

“Heading off-road at Bovington will be a totally different experience but equally as special as I’ll be the one watching and supporting Kevin and Mikaela and the rest of the JBXE team as we push for a strong finish to the season. After back-to-back podiums, if we can carry that form into Sardinia and put ourselves in the mix for the final race then we could be in store for an amazing finish!”

Image Credit: Colin McMaster / Extreme E Media

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