USA debut: Extreme E publishes race calendar for 2024 season
A few days before Christmas, Extreme E published a first draft of its race calendar for the 2024 season. As this year, five race weekends are planned for the fourth season of the electric series, with two races taking place on each weekend. Old favourites such as Saudi Arabia and Italy remain on the calendar, while the USA is a new addition.
As in the past, Extreme E will open its season in Saudi Arabia. However, after Al-'Ula and two years in Neom, Jeddah will be the venue in 2024. The metropolis on the Red Sea has made a name for itself among motorsport fans in recent years by hosting the Formula 1 race. It can be assumed that Extreme E will set up its track for its off-road races just outside the city. The weekend is scheduled for 17 and 18 February.
Then there will be a five-month break until the first European race. This is scheduled to take place on 13 and 14 July. As is often the case in Extreme E, the exact location has not yet been named - only "Europe". One possible option appears to be a return to Sanquhar in the UK. "Our European location in July will be announced soon," says series founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
Then come two consecutive race weekends in Sardinia on 14 and 15 and 21 and 22 September. Capo Teulada has been the only constant on the race calendar since season 1. These two races will also see the first demo runs of the Extreme H hydrogen cars that will be used from 2025. "We are continuing our test programme for the Extreme H car. The first public laps will be as part of the double event in Sardinia, which will be a historic moment for motorsport and the hydrogen drive," said Agag.
Season finale in Phoenix
For the season finale, Extreme E is travelling across the Atlantic and staging its first race in the USA. Extreme E will be in Phoenix on 23 and 24 November. "Travelling to the USA for the first time is an important milestone for our series," says Agag. "What's more, there is a huge enthusiasm for off-road racing throughout the country, which is why we are particularly excited to crown our new champions there."
This could be the final announcement of an Extreme E racing calendar. This is because there have been an increasing number of announcements about Extreme H in recent weeks. This could become an official FIA World Championship as early as 2026 and therefore replace Extreme E in the long term. However, the future of the electric series will only be decided once it is clear how Extreme H will develop. The priorities are therefore clear.