The Series has devised an innovative format unlike any other, likened to ‘Star Wars Pod Racing meets Dakar Rally.’ Designed to put driver performance firmly in focus, the five X Prix of Extreme E Season 2 will feature the pressure of five car races for qualifying on Day One.

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    New Sporting Format

    Depending on where you finish in your qualifying race, you will get points awarded for Q1 and Q2. This gives an Intermediate Classification that will decide the order for which cars progress through to Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and the Crazy Race on Day Two. The top two teams from each Semi Final and the winner of the Crazy Race progress to the Final.

    Every round will incorporate two laps over a total distance of approximately 14 kilometres. In a motorsport world-first, teams will field one male and one female driver, promoting gender equality and a level playing field amongst competitors. The teams will determine which driver goes first to best suit their strategy and driver order selections are made confidentially, with competitors kept in the dark as to other teams’ choices until the last possible moment. Contests between males and females will therefore be ensured.

    Both drivers will complete one lap behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 electric SUV, with a driver changeover, the ‘Switch’, included after the first lap. A ‘Hyperdrive’ boost will also be available to each driver on each lap of the race. Activated when the driver presses a button on their steering wheel, they will enjoy an increase in power for a fixed amount of time. The timing for this will be a key decision.

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    Full sporting format and points

    Saturday morning
    Qualifying 1 Heats 1 and 2: each 5 cars over 2 laps with a Switch
    NB Positions for Qualifying 1 allocated through a lottery
    Saturday afternoon
    Qualifying 2 Heats 1 and 2: each 5 cars over 2 laps with a SwitchNB Positions for Qualifying 2 allocated through finishing positions from Qualifying 1Intermediate Classification points, which do not contribute to overall Championship points, will be awarded after each of the Qualifying Rounds according to the following scale:

    1st – 5 points
    2nd – 4 points
    3rd – 3 points
    4th – 2 points
    5th – 1 point

    The combined points of each Team’s runs in Qualifying Rounds 1 and 2, will determine the overall Intermediate Classification at the end of Qualifying, which will determine which Teams go into Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and the Crazy Race.

    1st – Semi-Final 1
    2nd – Semi-Final 2
    3rd – Semi-Final 2
    4th – Semi-Final 1
    5th – Semi-Final 1
    6th – Semi-Final 2
    7th – Crazy Race
    8th – Crazy Race
    9th – Crazy Race
    10th – Crazy RaceSunday

    Semi-Final 1 – Three-car race with top two cars going through to the Final
    Semi-Final 2 – Three-car race with top two cars going through to the Final
    Crazy Race – Four-car race with first place going through to the Final
    Final – Five-car Final with the top three going to the podium

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    Championship points

    1st: 25 points (winner of the Final)
    2nd: 18 points (2nd place in the Final)
    3rd: 15 points (3rd place in the Final)
    4th: 12 points (4th place in the Final)
    5th: 10 points (5th place in the Final)
    6th: 8 points (3rd place from Semi-Final 1 or Semi-Final 2)*
    7th: 6 points (3rd place from Semi-Final 1 or Semi-Final 2)*
    8th: 4 points (2nd place in the Crazy Race)
    9th: 2 points (3rd place in the Crazy Race)
    10th: 1 point (4th place in the Crazy Race)* The team finishing third in Semi-Final 1 or Semi-Final 2 that sets the faster Continental Traction Challenge time shall be deemed to be the 6th place finisher.

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    CONTINENTAL TRACTION CHALLENGE

    The Continental Traction Challenge (formally known as the ’Super Sector’) was first launched for the Ocean X Prix in Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal. It is a part of the course where the fastest driver in that section over the weekend will earn five points for their team. This ensures that whatever position the teams find themselves in there is always an incentive to push to the limit as points are up for grabs.

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    LEVEL PLAYING FORMAT

    Teams will field one male and one female driver, promoting gender equality and a level playing field amongst competitors.

    Each driver will complete one lap behind the wheel, with a changeover – the ‘Switch’  incorporated into the race format. The teams will determine which driver goes first to best suit their strategy and driver order selections are made confidentially, with competitors kept in the dark as to other teams’ choices until the cars reach the start-line. Contests between males and females will therefore be ensured. A ‘Hyperdrive’ boost will also be available to each driver on each lap of the race. Activated when the driver presses a button on their steering wheel, they will enjoy an increase in power for a fixed amount of time. 

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    NATURAL CHALLENGES

    X Prix circuits will also incorporate natural challenges that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats, and drivers and teams will be pushed right to the limits of their abilities; with hazards to navigate and defeat such as extreme gradients, jumps, banks, berms, pits, dunes and water splashes.