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Extreme E confirms Himalayas round

Nepal’s Mustang District in the Himalayas will host Extreme E’s mountain round, the electric SUV off-road racing series has announced.

The location, which is under threat from climate change, is the fourth to be confirmed for Extreme E’s maiden season. It joins the Amazon Rainforest, Greenland, and Saudi Arabia on the 2021 calendar, with the final location, a coastal event, still to be announced.

The race, the first-ever to be held in the Himalayas, will take place in the Kali Gandaki valley, 2,750 meters above sea level.

“The Himalayan region is a spectacular, unique environment with incredible terrain for off-road racing, which will provide the sternest of tests to the world’s leading drivers, engineers, and teams,” said founder Alejandro Agag. “We are literally in the heart of the mountains here, it is a beautiful place.

“We’re going to bring this fantastic show, this great race, to a place where there’s never been a race. We will leave a positive legacy behind, working with the government and authorities that will help locals here and provide solutions for the region to make it more sustainable.

“This is a big step with big meaning – not only for the race, but in everything we will leave in place for the communities here.”

Drivers are set to contend with elevation changes, coarse gravel, deep ruts, rocky obstacles, and the Gandaki river in the unique location.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Extreme E to Nepal,” said Nepal’s Minister for Tourism, Yogesh Battharai. 

“The country has a unique natural and cultural diversity and harbours a number of instantly recognisable world landmarks such as Mount Everest – the tallest peak on Earth – and Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha. 

“We are confident that hosting this international series will serve to further our global appeal whilst being able to also shine an important spotlight on the climate issues which face our region and their solutions.

“Nepal is an exotic destination full of national treasures. Driving through our magnificent scenery with Extreme E’s pioneering electric SUVs will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the competitors, adventure enthusiasts and the fans watching on. The message is inspiring and it will be some spectacle!”

Bethonie Waring

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