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Aston Martin commits to WEC entry until 2021

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Aston Martin has confirmed that it will continue to have a presence in the FIA World Endurance Championship until 2021.

Aston Martin Racing has been a key pillar of the British marque’s identity since its formation in 2004 in partnership with Prodrive.

AMR won last year’s World Endurance Cup for GT drivers with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen in the No. 95 Vantage GTE entry.

During a busy day of announcements for Aston Martin at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, it confirmed that it will continue to race in the WEC for a further five seasons, taking it to the end of 2021.

Aston Martin also confirmed in Geneva that it would be launching a new AMR brand for its production cars to strengthen the relationship between the track and the road.

“Each time we have pushed the boundaries and done something extreme, the customers have loved the cars,” Aston Martin EVP and chief creative officer Marek Reichman said.

“AMR enables us to take Aston Martin into a new dimension. One where we can turn-up the sporting DNA present in all of our models and make a true statement.

“An AMR model will have an instantly recognizable design language. One that accentuates and amplifies, together with the latest GT race car technology for the road. They will be special and rare cars that are credible, thrilling to drive and hugely desirable to own.”

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.”