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Faraday Future becomes Long Beach ePrix title sponsor

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Electric vehicle company Faraday Future has been named as the title sponsor for the upcoming Formula E race in Long Beach, California.

Faraday Future works to develop electric vehicle solutions, and is planning to lunch its first EV in 2017. The FFZERO1 concept car is set to travel to Long Beach and be on display in the fan e-village.

“Beyond offering thrilling competition and breakneck entertainment, Formula E also acts as an open invitation test bed for the latest sustainable technology,” a release from Faraday Future reads.

“This championship race will be the sixth stop on ePrix’s 2015/2016 tour and the only American race this season. We are honored to be involved with this visionary FIA championship series.”

Nick Sampson, SVP of R&D and engineering at Faraday Future was delighted to announce the title sponsorship and to become involved with Formula E.

“I’m excited to experience this new frontier of automotive competition. Some have this misconception that electric vehicles are somehow “boring” – I think Formula E does a great deal to dispel that theory,” Sampson said.

“These vehicles not only rival their traditional counterparts; they will soon surpass them. Electric vehicles like FFZERO1 operate more dynamically – for example, we have a motor for each wheel, each controlled individually, optimizing power outputs for more deliberate handling and greater performance.

“This allows drivers to customize the way their platform operates to truly unleash its potential under their individual driving techniques.

“These vehicles are far from boring – on the contrary, they harness far more possibilities than anything we’ve seen before.”

The Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix takes place on April 2.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”