The world of motorsports just got more exciting as the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Extreme E joined forces to establish the pioneering Extreme H—a hydrogen-powered off-road SUV championship that’s set to have its inaugural season in 2025.
The FIA and Extreme E signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding outlining the framework for the creation of Extreme H. If the necessary criteria are met, the intention is for Extreme H to be recognized as an FIA World Championship by 2026.
Should the Extreme H become an FIA World Championship race, it could join seven other official races including the prestigious ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
“What started as a conversation many years ago about racing in extreme environments, showcasing the incredible performance and innovation of E-SUVs, has now demonstrated enormous growth and further pioneering technical advances as we move forward with the transition to hydrogen and Extreme H – a world-first,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E.
“This announcement is a significant first step in the development of our championship and our ground-breaking transition to hydrogen-powered racing. Sport is the most powerful and effective platform to drive innovation and our commitment to delivering sustainable motorsport championships full of excitement and with a reduced carbon footprint are testament to that,” He adds.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA said “Using sustainable power sources in motor sport is the key objective of the FIA and part of our long-term strategy, and this series is an ideal showcase for that. Hydrogen is an important part of that mix, and we have developed a set of safety regulations for hydrogen-powered vehicles which is part of the FIA’s International Sporting Code.”
“It is encouraging that such a major motor sport entity as Extreme E with its renowned line-up of teams sees the same potential in hydrogen technology. Their approach to equality and diversity matches ours as we push to make motor sport accessible for all,” he adds.
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