Extreme E’s revolutionary electric SUV, ODYSSEY 21, was revealed for the first time in July 2019 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed after an intensive design and development programme carried out by partners Spark Racing Technology.
Alejandro Agag, the series’ Founder and CEO placed a tight timescale on production of the prototype, with Spark managing an initial build time of less than two months. The demands: all-electric, all-terrain, huge power, massive torque, and more capable than anything in its class.
An intense testing schedule followed that initial display run, with Official Tyre Partner Continental Tyres putting the car and its bespoke rubber through their paces with a comprehensive week-long test programme in the south of France at the Château de Lastours proving ground – a site regularly chosen by Dakar and FIA World Rally Championship entrants aiming to put their machinery through the ringer.
At the turn of 2020, the decision was made to enter the renowned Dakar Rally for endurance vehicles. A month of intensive prep saw the car complete shakedown for the legendary off-road event in Saudi Arabia for 2020. The E-SUV also stormed the final competitive stage on the rally-raid route, achieving the third-fastest time in the hands of Ken Block, alongside hundreds of participants in comparable ICE and hybrid vehicles.
The fleet of Odyssey 21 vehicles is currently being built and Teams will receive their vehicles in September 2020.