Its maiden season will likely be staged in 5 distant areas which have already been broken or affected by local weather points, together with the Arctic and the Amazon, elevating consciousness of local weather change.
Hamilton, 35, referred to as the chance to have his personal crew an “thrilling new venture” and mentioned the sequence appealed to him due to its “environmental focus.”
“Each single certainly one of us has the facility to make a distinction, and it means a lot to me that I can use my love of racing, along with my love for our planet, to have a optimistic impression,” he mentioned in a press release.
“I am wanting ahead to the crew collaborating on this new sequence and I feel it is unbelievable that we will accomplish that while elevating consciousness in regards to the local weather disaster.”
The six-time world champion’s crew, X44, is called in reference to his F1 racing quantity and can enter season one of many Excessive E Championship. The primary X Prix race is scheduled to happen in early 2021.
Excessive E will work with scientific consultants from the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge to boost consciousness on particular points, similar to rising carbon emissions, melting ice caps, deforestation, desertification, droughts, plastic air pollution and rising sea ranges.
Every race will incorporate two laps over a distance of roughly 16 kilometers (10 miles), with two drivers — one male and one feminine — finishing a lap apiece.
Races won’t be open to spectators, to reduce the impact on the atmosphere, with followers as an alternative following the motion on TV.
The command heart for the championship sequence will likely be on board the RMS St. Helena, a ship present process a multi-million euro transformation to reduce emissions and remodel her into the championship’s operations hub.
X44 is the seventh crew to enroll, becoming a member of Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti Autosport, Abt, HWA, Techeetah, QEV Applied sciences, and fellow British-owned outfit, Veloce Racing.