Extreme races in extreme conditions mean that extreme vehicles are needed. For Extreme E, all participants will drive an all electric SUV and use the same set of standardised equipment.
Extreme E’s all electric SUV, called Odyssey 21, was revealed for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2019. At the reveal, our tires engineered for the extreme were launched and our Extreme E test driver Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky had the chance to drive the Odyssey 21 on the world famous hill climb at Goodwood.
We do not want to withhold the impressive data of the car, which has been developed for extreme conditions:
Just like a traditional race series, Spark Racing Technology designs and constructs a common framework with stringent specification parts. They then hand over the approved chassis to each team, who are then free to test and build a custom powertrain and bodywork on this platform.
The areas eligible for individual team development are the motor, inverter and select parts of the exterior bodywork (e.g. the engine cover, side skirt, lights, front and rear bumpers).
The batteries will be compatible with Formula E-specification motors and produce a maximum power output of 470 kW (equivalent to approx. 630 bhp). But this new battery is specially customised for the rigours of off-road racing, made to withstand extreme environments, road conditions and terrains.
We provide tailor-made tires and tire technology for the partnership with Extreme E. A task force of engineers and product managers are consistently working on testing and optimising the tires for Odyssey 21. Our tires will deliver the necessary grip to the different extreme surfaces – the coasts of Senegal, the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Namibia, the arctic landscape of Greenland and the tropical Amazon rainforest.
But we contribute more than tires: Our ContiConnectTM technology enables racing drivers and teams to monitor their tire data in real-time. The system measures tire information like tire pressure, tread depth and temperature via sensors in the tires and transfers it in real-time to the team and driver. This enables the team to make adjustments and change their race strategy if necessary.