The brand new Excessive E electrical off-road collection has cancelled races in Brazil’s Amazon and Argentina’s Patagonia areas as a result of coronavirus pandemic, with Scotland now a doable different, it mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
The Amazon spherical was scheduled for Oct. 23-24 with the Glacier X Prix listed for Dec. 11-12.
Excessive E, which makes use of similar SUVs and consists of Britain’s seven-time Method One world champion Lewis Hamilton as one of many staff homeowners, mentioned it had determined to postpone visiting the area till season two.
“We’ve been closely monitoring the situation regarding all Extreme E locations for 2021 and have chosen to make this pre-emptive decision on racing in South America this year,” Extreme E founder Alejandro Agag said.
“Our priority is to deliver a five-race calendar of events which are safe and responsible for our global participants, partners and staff to travel to and attend.”
Extreme E said alternatives under consideration included the Western Isles of Scotland ahead of Glasgow hosting the COP26 climate change conference in November.
The series has so far held two rounds — in Saudi Arabia and Senegal — with the third scheduled for Greenland at the end of August.
Extreme E aims to raise awareness about climate change and promote sustainability by racing electric SUVs in remote and harsh environments, with a former mail ship used to transport cars between locations.