Valtteri Bottas completes electric off-road Extreme E test

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Valtteri Bottas was one of the “major profile drivers” who tested the new Extreme E car, created for the electric off-road racing series that will feature a team owned by Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas’ participation was intended to remain private, but the Finn shared the experience on his social media channels.

“There were also a few major profile drivers who came and tested privately and therefore can’t be named,” read the Extreme E press release.

“However, one of them, Formula One star Valtteri Bottas, who is also a rally enthusiast, later went on to share his experience on his social accounts.”

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The six-day shakedown was held in the south of France at Chateau de Lastours. Drivers had the opportunity drive an ODYSSEY 21 E-SUV, built by Formula E chassis supplier Spark Racing Technology. The same vehicle will be supplied to all Extreme E teams in time for the new series’ inaugural season.

One of those teams is Lewis Hamilton’s own X44 team, announced last month.

It’s interesting to note that the test was attended by Williams Advanced Engineering, who are responsible for producing batteries for the series.

The next step for the series is to conduct a race simulation test in December, to get ready for its inaugural season in early 2021. The first planned event in Senegal was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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