Sky Sports has announced that it will provide coverage of the all-electronic racing series Extreme E, which is also due to be aired on the BBC.
The unique motorsport event will feature five different Grand Prix’s taking place in locations around the world which have felt the devastating impact of climate change.
Beginning in Saudi Arabia on 20-22 March 2021 for the Desert Grand Prix, the series will finish in Argentina on 11-12 December with the Glacier Grand Prix.
Along the way, drivers will visit Senegal for the Ocean Grand Prix, Greenland for the Arctic Grand Prix and Brazil for the Amazon Grand Prix.
Nine teams will participate in the event, using high tech electric SUVs, which will be raced by elite drivers such as W Series champion Jamie Chadwick, rally star Carlos Sainz and nine-time world rally champion Sebastian Loeb, who will compete for Lewis Hamilton’s Team X44.
Rob Webster, Sky Sports Managing Director, said: “We are really pleased to add Extreme E to our portfolio of live sport.
“The series not only brings an exciting new racing circuit to the calendar of our motorsport fans, but also carries an important message around climate change.
“At Sky, we believe that our voice and reach can play a vital role in empowering our customers, partners and industry peers to build a better world.”
The organisers of the event, including team owners Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, hope to use the series to raise awareness of the global effects of the climate crisis on various different environments.
Furthermore, the tournament is the first motorsports event of its kind in which each time will consist of male and female drivers.
Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E, added: “Sky Sports is one of the leading sports broadcasters in the world and I’m delighted it will show Extreme E.”