"SUN Minimeal Team" - Timo Scheider leads new team into Extreme E & signs Klara Andersson
Following the withdrawal of ABT Cupra, Extreme E can look forward to a new team for the upcoming 2024 season: Swiss food producer SUN AG is entering the electric series with its own racing team under the name "SUN Minimeal Team". Two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider will act as team principal and driver. Klara Andersson will also take the wheel.
The 45-year-old Scheider has already familiarised himself with Extreme E as a track designer and driver - most recently for Carl Cox. His new team-mate is 23-year-old Swede Klara Andersson, who last drove for ABT Cupra in Extreme E and celebrated her first international successes in rallycross in 2023. In her Extreme E debut in Chile, she made it straight onto the podium.
"I am delighted to be part of the SUN Minimeal team and would like to thank (CEO) Wolfgang Grabher and Timo Scheider for their trust in me," said Andersson. "I got to know Timo in the World Rallycross Championship as one of the fastest and hardest working racing drivers ever. Now to be able to compete alongside him in Extreme E is simply cool. I can hardly wait for the season opener in Saudi Arabia!"
Scheider is also looking forward to his new project: "The long-term partnership with SUN Minimeal is extremely exciting and makes me very happy. I have been able to recruit a number of highly competent team members, which will allow me to concentrate fully on my role as a driver."
Scheider "convinced that we have put together a strong package"
"I am very proud that we have managed to win Klara as a driver for us," continued Scheider. "She is as fast as an arrow and is also a perfect match for us on a personal level. I am convinced that we have put together a strong package to play a competitive role in the high-class competitive environment of Extreme E."
SUN AG wants to use the Extreme E platform to draw attention to certain trends in nutrition. "With the help of our involvement in Extreme E, we can present our innovation for healthy nutrition and our mission to reduce nutritional resources by 90 per cent worldwide and thus reach up to 2.1 billion households. SUN Minimeal is the easiest and safest way to eat healthily and sustainably," explains CEO Wolfgang Grabher.
Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E, is delighted with the addition: "Although new to the championship, the SUN Minimeal team brings a lot of experience and a winning history, so we hope they will be fighting at the front of the field when the new season starts next month in Saudi Arabia." The season kicks off on 17 February - for the first time on a new track in Jeddah.