Latest eco-folly – Extreme E: climate change racing series

Posted: September 12, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, News, Travel
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Electric SUV concept car [image credit: motorauthority.com]


Marketing meets climate alarmism in the guise of sport. Don’t mention the ‘carbon emissions’ of all the travel and transport between venues.

Williams development driver Jamie Chadwick is named as one of four women to drive in Extreme E, which kicks off in Greenland in 2021, reports BBC Sport.

Extreme E – Formula E’s sister series – aims to highlight climate change in five remote locations as 12 cars go head-to-head in electric SUVs.

“Racing in incredible locations, raising awareness for climate change… what’s not to love,” said Chadwick.

What is Extreme E?

The environmentally focused racing series has secured its first location at the Russell Glacier, in south-west Greenland starting in February 2021.

In order to reach the five locations, the series will have a ‘floating paddock’ which is estimated to reduce freight emissions by two-thirds compared with air travel.

The former Royal Mail cargo ship RMS St Helena will undergo renovations, and will host drivers, teams and their garages, as well as having a team of environmental experts on-board to study the environmental impact of climate change in each region.

Drivers will race head-to-head over three days in each location, with routes designed within a 10km radius with natural obstacles in fully electric SUVs, which are capable of reaching 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.

As part of the agreement, race organisers must ensure that assessments are carried out with a local third party to safeguard the environment and the social impact.

Testing begins in mid-2020, with the series starting in Greenland in February 2021.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. ren says:

    A tropical storm is developing over the Bahamas.

  2. tom0mason says:

    Yes ren, maybe their next challenge should be racing through the terrain while visited by tropical storms and hurricanes in those overly expensive e-vehicles.

    I wonder how many parts in those vehicles come from ‘sustainable’ and ‘renewable’ sources (my guess is zero), and of course they are only recharged by wind and solar energy — well aren’t they?
    Hey greenies! Can you weave me some more bamboo brake-pads and knit a set of spare tyres?

    P.S. What is under the enormous bonnet of the ‘Electric SUV concept car’ pictured above? More Batteries? Ballast – gold bars? A refrigerator filled with the driver’s vegan food and drink? An emergency motorbike complete with an internal combustion engine? 🙂

  3. oldbrew says:

    Tom – it’s a Nissan Leaf in drag…

    The IMx sits on the same EV platform as the new Leaf, but Nissan says it features a re-engineered high-capacity battery for a claimed range of up to 373 miles. Two electric motors, one mounted on each axle to offer four-wheel drive, generate 429bhp and 700Nm of torque.

    https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/101451/all-electric-nissan-imx-kuro-suv-to-reach-production-in-2020
    – – –
    Re. Ren’s comment…

    FIRST ALERT: Watching for possible tropical development in the Bahamas!
    September 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM EDT

    https://www.live5news.com/2019/09/12/first-alert-watching-possible-tropical-development-bahamas/

  4. tom0mason says:

    Thanks oldbrew that saves me searching for it.
    This video promo from Nissan ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7VaRWZFz7c ) seems to show very little ‘under the hood’.
    Wonderful idealized world in those promo videos, no dirt or realistic weather, no potholed roads or inner city snarl-ups, just easy open roads to your desired destination.
    As Nissan’s blurb says “The Nissan IMx is a high performance electric vehicle (currently in concept form). Production is scheduled for late 2020-2021.”

    With all that wonderful technology in the vehicle what could possibly go wrong?

  5. “… with the series starting in Greenland in February 2021.”

    Can anyone guess what the news headline about the scheduled race start will be at that time?

  6. ivan says:

    tom, no matter how you cut it that is not a SUV for real world conditions. It would never survive on some of the mountain roads around here, skinny tyres tend to lead to bent wheels when negotiating some of the drainage tracks across the road. Beside that there isn’t enough ground clearance.

    It might be OK for the masters in the slave camps sustainable cities of UN Agenda 21 but that is about all.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Note the EV in the photo is not claimed to be one of the race cars, although they could make a race version in theory.

  8. oldbrew says:

    O/T – You’re nicked!

    EXTINCTION REBELLION LEADERS ‘PRE-EMPTIVELY’ ARRESTED BY POLICE
    Date: 12/09/19 Sky News

    Heathrow Pause says two of its activists have been “pre-emptively” arrested before they started flying drones as part of a climate protest.
    * * *
    Heathrow Pause released a statement which says: “Prospective drone pilots Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White have just been preemptively arrested and we caught it all on film.

    “The pair were just concluding an interview with German news magazine der Spiegel at Billy’s Cafe in Bethnal Green when four police cars pulled up. Officers handcuffed the Pause activists, placed them in separate cars and drove them away.”

    Mr Hallam is one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion. Heathrow Pause is understood to be a splinter group from XR.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/extinction-rebellion-leaders-preemptively-arrested-by-police/

  9. Dave Ward says:

    429hp is equivalent to 320kW. If its range is “up to 373 miles” (presumably during “normal” driving) the “re engineered” battery must either be something really special, or the range at full power, whilst racing, is going to be pretty pathetic. This undoubtedly explains the “10km radius” of each daily route mentioned above.

    I wonder what sort of “renovations” RMS St Helena is undergoing – a substantial diesel generator to recharge those batteries perhaps?

  10. oldbrew says:

    The photo was selected by me and is nothing to do with the race cars, apart from being a random electric SUV. But it may be similar to them – we must wait and see.

  11. Richard Bell says:

    What total idiots ….. like to see them in BAJA …. they would fall tp pieces in the first few miles !!!

  12. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Have we reached maximum insanity yet? Clown world.

  13. cognog2 says:

    Hang on Guys! Providing they are not waving the ridiculous GreenBlob flag, I see no reason why they should not be testing these EVs to destruction on the race track. Could be a bit of fun too.
    Just hope they have reliable diesel generators dotted around the track. The pit stops could be a bit boring though; but maybe they will come up with a gadget to change a battery as quick as changing a wheel?

  14. Dave Ward says:

    @ cognog2 – If they are talking about a dedicated race series, with identical cars, then some type of quickly changeable battery pack would make sense. There wouldn’t be the problem of seized bolts and corroded contacts which will inevitably apply to road going cars after a few winters, and with sufficient sponsorship the exorbitant costs won’t matter either…

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