Extreme E returns to Sardinia, Italy, 6 -7th and 9-10th July 2022, for the first ever double header Island X Prix event. The thrilling action of the Desert X Prix on the sands of Saudi Arabia ended with the Rosberg X Racing (RXR) on the top step and at the head of the standings with a perfect score of 30. Nico Rosberg’s outfit have set the bar high for the rest of the grid. It was also a first win for the new team driver Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, who teamed up with Johan Kristoffersson.
Having won the opening round in Neom, Saudi Arabia in convincing fashion, RXR is once again the team to beat as Extreme E heads to Sardinia. The event will be returning to the season 1 location of the Army Training area at Capo Teulad in Sulcis-Iglesiente, an historic area situated in the south-west of the island.
The Teulada route provides a blank canvas for the course which will measure around seven kilometers, a completely contrasting landscape to the previous round, providing a harder compact surface with many rocks and bushes plus riverbeds that crack due to the heat.
The terrain will be much dryer due to the hot Summer conditions in July, meaning drivers have many more natural obstacles to navigate. The aim is to provide a myriad of racing lines allowing for overtaking as well as fast flowing areas and tight corners. The course walk in the days leading up to the race will prove essential for drivers to do their homework before stepping into the cockpit of the all-electric ODYSSEY 21.
Extreme E is working closely with Automobile Club d’Italia – the national sports federation co-organizing and coordinating the event – the Region of Sardinia, and its Tourism Department plus the Ministry of Defense and the Italian Army.
Extreme E will be focusing on how future environmental damage can be reduced as well as how past destruction can be restored during the Island X Prix.
Firstly, the series will look to highlight the rapid warming of the planet, which has an impact on so many countries and has caused many parts of Europe, America and Australia to experience wildfires. In Sardinia, Extreme E will work with local NGOs to support the forest restoration efforts in the Oristanese area and beyond that fell victim to extensive damage, therefore enhancing green carbon stores.
Secondly, the focus will be put on seagrasses, specifically the Posidonia oceanics seagrass meadows – an ecosystem known as the rainforest of the oceans, and an environment that sequesters even more carbon dioxide than its terrestrial comparison and is equally threatened, making it a huge blue carbon store.