United Autosports have confirmed their entry into the inaugural season of electric, off-road SUV racing in the Extreme E series together with Andretti Autosport, creating a brand new team – Andretti United Extreme E.
Extreme E will see electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world. The five-race global voyage highlights the impact of climate change on some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles to help preserve the environment and protect the planet.
Extreme E is operated in association with Formula E – the organiser of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and is committed to sustainability and minimising environmental impact – as well as playing its part in re-building and restoring areas already impacted by climate change.
Led by Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport holds nearly two decades of accolades across various disciplines of motorsport, including five Indianapolis 500 victories and four INDYCAR SERIES championships. The team has also been active as a competitor in the ABB Formula E Championship since the first season, with multiple racing victories and now competing under the BMW i Andretti Motorsport banner.
United Autosports is one of the largest motorsport teams in the UK and competes globally in different sports prototype categories across the world. Based near Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, the company is co-owned by McLaren CEO Zak Brown and former racing driver Richard Dean. The team has raced in a number of different championships, with a vast range of cars and drivers including Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya, Lando Norris and Paul Di Resta.
The new Andretti United Extreme E team is preparing for receipt of its ODYSSEY 21 E-SUV with sights set on the first round of testing anticipated for December. Further announcements are to be made regarding team partners and male/female driver-duo in the coming months.
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports: “We have been looking at getting into electric racing for a while now and this new off-road championship looks fantastic, so I’m pleased we can work with Andretti to make it happen. They already have the contacts due to their Formula E entry, but we are working closely together to get up to speed as quickly as possible. The creation of the new company gives both teams an equal partnership moving forward in the Extreme E series. We are very much looking forward to starting this new journey for the team.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports: “I’m really pleased we can announce our partnership with Andretti Autosport on the Extreme E project. We have worked with the team at Andretti for a while now and it’s great to have a hugely exciting and innovative race series added to the United programme.”
Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Autosport: “I’m really excited to once again partner with Zak, Richard and the United Autosports family. We’ve had the opportunity to work together on various programs over the last few years, and this new adventure in Extreme E may be one of the most exciting opportunities to again come together. Both organisations have strong experience is diverse areas of motorsport and I’m confident our combined effort will be a contender from the start.”
Extreme E then joins the long list of racing disciplines that United have been active in over the decade of its existence. Currently active in LMP2 in the FIA WEC and ELMS, LMP3 in ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup and historic racing.
They’ve also previously been involved in contemporary LMP racing in IMSA, Asian Le Mans Series and the UK LMP3 Cup plus GT racing in GT3 and GT4 in the UK, the Spa 24 Hours, and around the streets of Macao, the British Touring Car Championship and one make Ginetta racing