Prodrive Partners With Lewis Hamilton’s Extreme E Team, X44

The world-leading motorsport business is partnering with X44 to run the team at each round of the five-race series.

Each X-Prix race weekend will include two days of all-action, short, sharp wheel-to-wheel racing, with world-class drivers and nine teams. Prodrive-contracted drivers Sébastien Loeb, and fellow Dakar competitor, Cristina Gutiérrez, will compete in the X44 ODYSSEY 21. The bespoke E-SUV produces 400 kW (550 bhp) and is capable of reaching 100 kph in 4.5 seconds. Prodrive will run the team at each round of the five-race series

Sébastien Loeb holds a record nine World Rally Championships and 79 WRC wins to his name. He has also achieved three Race of Champions wins in which he competed against the world’s best racing and rally drivers.

Alongside Sébastien will be Spanish driver Cristina Gutiérrez. A promising and upcoming talent who made history in the 2017 Dakar Rally by becoming the first Spanish female driver to finish the race in the car category, finishing fifth place among the debutantes – Cristina has now finished the race five times. In her home country she previously secured a second-place overall position in the mixed-gender All-Terrain Spanish Rally Championships and finished top of the female category between 2011 and 2016. 

“Extreme E is such an exciting and unique concept and I have been fascinated by the project ever since Alejandro launched it almost two years ago. When Lewis then announced his interest in a team it was a great opportunity for Prodrive to help him realise his personal ambitions from the series.”

Prodrive chairman and founder David Richards

Prodrive has won six World Rally Championship titles; six Le Mans titles; five British Touring Championships; and is the reigning FIA World Endurance Championship GT Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ champions with Aston Martin Racing.  

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