Five-team Decider at Atacama

Photo Credit: Extreme E

14 November 2023

Extreme E will conclude its third season with the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix in Chile, where five teams will battle it out to claim the 2023 championship in December 2023.
The spectacular backdrop of the Atacama Desert will provide a stunning setting for Rounds 9 and 10 of the campaign, with South America once again hosting the deciding X Prix to determine who will be crowned Extreme E champions.

ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team (ASXE) top the standings with 139 points going into the final event of the campaign, with Season 1 champions and last year’s runners-up, Rosberg X Racing (RXR), just three points adrift. Veloce Racing head into the finale in with a shout at claiming the championship for the first time, having claimed two victories and 118 points overall in Season 3.

No. 99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing and Season 2 champions X44 Vida Carbon Racing are outside bets for the title in fourth and fifth in the standings, respectively.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “We have had two exciting championships already in Extreme E, but this promises to be the most thrilling yet. To have five teams in with a chance of taking the title is fantastic and just goes to show what a competitive series Extreme E has become.

“We are delighted to be returning to Chile for the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix. The Atacama Desert is one of the most astonishing locations in the world, and to host our championship finale there is an incredible feeling, and really demonstrates the impact of Extreme E. “It is going to be really close in the fight for the championship, and given how exceptional the racing and the event was last year, we cannot wait to return to Chile once again to conclude our third season.” Situated north of the capital, Santiago, the city of Antofagasta is closely linked with mining activity. Since the mid-19th century, copper mining has dominated the focus of the area, but more recently has shifted towards more innovative and sustainable mining.

Antofagasta Minerals and its Centinela operation, Extreme E’s hosts for the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix, are on a mission to develop mining for a better future and will use the event to showcase their innovative, sustainable, and inclusive methods which are transforming this crucial industry.

Iván Arriagada, CEO of Antofagasta Minerals, said: “We are very happy that Extreme E is returning to Chile. This event, held here for the first time in 2022, fills us with pride because the circuit is near our Centinela mining operation. This demonstrates that it is possible to develop sustainable and innovative mining. It also allows us to highlight the key role of copper in the development of clean technologies that will decarbonise the planet, combat climate change, and decontaminate cities. “Supporting this international competition in Chile is a way of ratifying our commitment to producing the copper the world needs and to do so in a sustainable way. But it is also another way of being present at a global sporting event. We share many values with sports, we feel it both in the Pan-American and Parapan American Games we sponsored this year.

“Our purpose is to develop mining for a better future. This is reflected in our daily work and in pioneering innovations such as the use of untreated seawater, thickened tailings – a world-leading innovation in tailings management – and our diversity and inclusion strategy.
“We are happy to bring to Chile’s Antofagasta region a sporting event of international relevance, sharing with the communities and our workers a challenge that once again places us at the forefront of the mining industry. We know that together we can carry out the most complex tasks, both in terms of competitiveness, production, and costs, as well as in those issues that involve the society in which we are inserted.”

With the confirmation of Antofagasta, Chile, Extreme E’s global voyage continues to highlight the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the most remarkable, remote locations in the world. Alongside, they promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the fight to help preserve the environment and protect the planet. The last time Extreme E visited Chile for the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix was certainly a dramatic event.

Rosberg X Racing (RXR) were within touching distance of securing back-to-back titles, but technical issues denied them a place in the Final, thus allowing Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing to take a first victory of 2022 and snatch vital points in pursuit of the championship. After two dramatic deciders in 2021 and 2022, the finale to the 2023 campaign promises to be just as climatic. The countdown is on to the Season 3 finale event, as Extreme E gets set to head to Chile for a five-team showdown in just under a months’ time.

About Extreme E:

Now heading into its third season, Extreme E is a radical off-road racing series, founded by the same team behind Formula E, which showcases electric SUVs and futuristic technologies in some of the world’s most remote and challenging environments.

This five-event global voyage utilises its sporting platform for the purpose of promoting electrification, environment, and equality. The series’ goal is to highlight the impact of climate change in some of the world’s most endangered environments, promote the adoption of electric vehicles to pave the way for a lower carbon future, and provide a world-first gender-equal motorsport platform.

The first sport to ever be built out of a social purpose, Extreme E aims to minimise environmental impact while maximising awareness, racing in places that have already been damaged or affected by climate change or human interference and taking fans deep into the heart of the most pressing issues facing our planet’s future.

Not only that, but Extreme E is also helping the car industry to develop future-facing technology using racing as a platform for road innovation, which accelerates change ten-fold.

Season 3 Calendar
Saudi Arabia: 11-12 March 2023
Scotland, UK: 13-14 May 2023
Sardinia, Italy: 08-09 July 2023
Sardinia, Italy: 16-17 September 2023
Chile: 02-03 December 2023

About Continental Tires: Founding Partner and Official Tire Partner

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic, and transportation. Continental generated preliminary sales of €37.7 billion in 2020 and currently employs more than 235,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Tires business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted preliminary sales of €10.2 billion in 2020 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special-purpose vehicles as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research and development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tires business area includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.

About Enel X Way: Official Smart Charging Partner

Enel X Way is the Enel Group’s company fully dedicated to electric mobility. With around 25,000 managed public charging points, Enel X Way operates in 16 countries, both directly and through joint ventures such as Ewiva in Italy and Chargeway in India. As a global platform for e-Mobility, the company is focused on developing flexible charging technologies and solutions to improve the customer experience and to enable the electrification of transport for consumers, businesses, cities and public administrations.

About Zenith: Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner

Zenith exists to inspire individuals to pursue their dreams and make them come true – against all odds. Since its establishment in 1865, Zenith became the first watch manufacture in the modern sense of the term, and its watches have accompanied extraordinary figures that dreamt big and strived to achieve the impossible – from Louis Blériot’s history-making flight across the English Channel to Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting stratospheric free-fall jump. Zenith is also highlighting visionary and trailblazing women – past and present – by celebrating their accomplishments and creating in 2020 its first-ever collection dedicated entirely to them, Defy Midnight.

With innovation as its guiding star, Zenith features exceptional in-house developed and manufactured movements in all its watches. Since the creation of the El Primero in 1969, the world’s first automatic chronograph calibre, Zenith has gone on to master fractions of the second with the Chronomaster Sport and its 1/10th of a second precision and the DEFY 21 with a precision of 1/100th of a second.

About ENOWA: Official Green Hydrogen Partner

About ENOWA: ENOWA is a world-class energy, water and hydrogen company founded in NEOM, Saudi Arabia. ENOWA produces and delivers clean and sustainable resources for industrial and commercial applications using a customer-centric smart and connected system, designed to be circular and takes advantage of NEOM’s optimal solar and wind energy profile. ENOWA benefits from NEOM’s greenfield site, which has no legacy infrastructure, to advance Energy, Water, and Hydrogen innovation.

ENOWA will act as a catalyst and incubator for developing new, sustainable energy and water businesses while creating a robust economic sector regionally. Through its commitment to renewable energy and efficient water management, ENOWA seeks to become a global reference for industry leaders and setting a benchmark for sustainable economic circular systems around the world.

Vodafone Business: Official Technology and Communication Partner

With expertise in connectivity, global scale and the leading IoT platform, Vodafone Business is a leading technology communications company helping organisations succeed in a digital world and keeping society connected. Vodafone’s purpose is to connect for a better future, enabling an inclusive and sustainable digital society, and many of its solutions have sustainability and inclusivity embedded.

Unique in its scale as the largest pan-European and African technology communications company, Vodafone transforms the way we live and work through its innovation, technology, connectivity, platforms, products and services. Vodafone operates mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries, and partners with mobile networks in 52 more. As of 31 December 2021, they had over 300m mobile customers, more than 28m fixed broadband customers and over 22m TV customers.

This collaboration will see Vodafone Business leading innovations and capabilities such as 5G, MPN, IOT and MEC, integrated into Extreme E’s global operations and will include full involvement in the purpose- driven elements of the series, with special prominence on Extreme E’s Legacy Programmes and the Science Laboratory on board the St Helena.Through its IOT solutions, Vodafone Business is helping sustainability efforts, including agriculture, forestation and decarbonisation of energy grids.

About EY: Official Sustainability Partner

EY is a global leader in assurance, consulting, strategy, transactions, and tax services, and already plays a significant role in working with Extreme E. Originally announcing its collaboration with the championship back in 2020, EY came on board to help Extreme E achieve its commitment to minimising its overall footprint whilst creating a positive legacy.
Whilst Extreme E strives ‘to race without a trace’, the framework provided by EY has helped the series to minimize its environmental impact across each of its remote race locations. Both prior and post-racing impact assessments have supported Extreme E to strategically plan their actions within these areas.
EY and Extreme E will work closely together to promote the five pillars of Extreme E (or “Five Es”) through the adoption of ‘XE Talks’. These informative presentations, facilitated by Extreme E’s Scientific Committee, will shed light on the Five Es, showcasing the joint commitment of EY and Extreme E.

About CBMM: Founding Supplier

CBMM is the world leading supplier of niobium products and technology. Headquartered in Brazil, with offices and subsidiaries in China, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. CBMM offers technical innovation to customers around the globe through a team of over 2,000 highly trained, dedicated professionals providing cutting-edge niobium products and technology to over 400 clients in around 40 countries.

About Kaizen Clean Energy: Official Clean Energy Technology Provider

Kaizen Clean Energy (KCE), a manufacturer of hydrogen generators, is developing integrated solutions for electric vehicle (EV) charging, hydrogen fuelling, and distributed power for the grid and critical assets. KCE offers its mobile microgrid to customers through an Energy as a Service contract, which eliminates large capital expenses and provides customers with the flexibility to scale with energy needs over time.