• Kangerlussuaq,
    Greenland
    28-29 AUGUST 2021

    population 57,000
    timezone UTC / GMT -3

    AVG. TEMP (year) -5°C
    AVG. SUNLIGHT (day) 5hrs
    AVG. RAINFALL (year) 243mm
    Height above sea level 50m
    Terrain Glacial sediment, boulders, tundra

    issue facing
    Melting Ice Cap, disappearance of Arctic ice and rising sea levels

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    For its third X Prix of Season 1, Extreme E heads north to the Arctic and the retreating Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuaq, chosen for its dramatic back drop and more importantly for its significance in representing the reality of climate change. The Ice Cap is melting at an alarming rate and Extreme E will race on the land previously occupied by the once mighty glacier, right by its receding snout – all with the purpose of showing audiences around the world that we all need to help fight this future climate disaster.

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    field notes

    find out what timo had to say about the ARCTIC x prix

    As far as the racing is concerned, the Arctic X Prix promises an epic contest. Rosberg X Racing are leading the championship after the first two rounds in Saudi Arabia and Senegal –so there is a lot to play for in Greenland. 

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    racing conditions

    Timo Schneider comments on the course layout saying, “one of the main differences in Greenland will be the climate. After two hot races in Saudi Arabia and Senegal, the ODYSSEY 21’s and their drivers are going to have to get used to a dramatic drop in temperature which may suit certain aspects.”

    He continues, “The course in Kangerlussuaq itself has been designed around a large relatively open plain at the edge of the Glacier with a mixture of terrain Including rocks, boulders down to a fine sediment, so it’s certainly varied. 

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    Obstacles

    “After the start, the route heads north towards the dunes where there is a wide-open section. This is where the drivers will have a myriad of different routes to take them through the mogul field. The course briefly heads back downhill on to the plain for a short section, before turning back up into the dunes to the farthest northerly part of the course.

    “At this point, the course disappears to the far side of the dunes and around a small glacial water lake before winding its way up to the highest point on the dunes measuring 180m, before dropping out of the sandier section and reconnecting with the open plain which will likely bring higher speeds, but whilst it appears flat from a distance, the wind and water flows have shaped the floor, so expect the cars to begin to dance across this area – it is certainly not flat out.

    “Winding its way to the farthest westerly point, the course drops twice into the huge riverbed, with steep drops down and jumps back up onto the plain and onto a very technical rocky area.  Finally, the route back towards the Start and Switch now begins across the bumpy plain, finishing off the spectacular nine-kilometre course of the Arctic X Prix.”

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    local environment

    With the help of world-leading Arctic expert, Professor Peter Wadhams, Extreme E will support research into protecting Arctic ice. Only continued global action on climate change can result in a secure future for the region but working to conserve the ice gives the ecosystem the best chance of survival and recovery.

    population 508

    plant species 532
    mammal species 26
    bird species 73
    Fish Species 240

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    The Problem

    The Arctic is made up of deep ocean covered by drifting pack ice, surrounded by frozen continents and archipelagos at the top of the world. The polar region is crucial in keeping the world’s climate in balance, acting as a huge reflector bouncing some of the sun’s rays back into space. By this mechanism, it helps regulate global temperature. Additionally, it plays a crucial role in the circulation of cold and warm water throughout the world’s oceans. It is home to around four million people, including indigenous communities spread across eight countries – Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Greenland and the US as well as around 450 types of fish, 280 species of bird and 130 types of mammals (including the iconic Polar Bear, Narwhals and Arctic Foxes) – even cold-water coral reefs.

    Climate change has led to the Arctic warming at twice the global average. The knock-on impacts of this include accelerated melting of the ice cap, rising sea levels and severe pressure on species that depend on the biome such as the Polar Bear and Ringed Seal. 

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    Extreme e legacy

    Alongside the scientific research, Extreme E has also been supporting UNICEF to create an educational programme. The programme aims to empower young changemakers – around 3,600 young people - in the country by reimagining climate education in Greenland, helping children understand and address the climate related issues which are putting them, and future generations at risk. 

    But it doesn’t stop there, Extreme E is also leaving behind compostable toilets, solar panels, electric go-karts, medical supplies and much more in a bid to support the community.