You may have seen in the press and social media that Knockhill had two special visitors yesterday - and our rescue team and medical response car were on hand to support the event with on-track extrication and medical support.
ODYSSEY 21 - an all-electric SUV capable of firing from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds - spent the day at the Circuit ahead of next weekend’s Ocean X-Prix in Senegal. The car was driven by both Andretti United driver Catie Munnings and Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
SMMC’s rescue and medical teams spent over an hour with the series engineers at the beginning of the day, learning more about the car and e-safety.
Later in the day, HRH Prince William put the super charged SUV through its paces on Knockhill’s 4×4 track and rallycross circuit.
The test drive was organised ahead of COP 26, which takes place in Glasgow later this year, as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting innovative projects in Scotland which aim to positively turn the dial on the climate emergency.
The Extreme E series has big climate crisis awareness ambitions and it is also the first motorsport series in the world to have a fully gender equal sporting format, with it built into the rules that each team must field a male and a female driver. Both drivers compete a lap each in every race, as a driver switch is incorporated at the end of the first lap.
Nine teams are battling it out in battery-electric, 400kW (550hp), 2.3-metre wide Odyssey 21 E-SUVs. Each race is a two-day event; qualifying on day one will determine the top four runners who each progress to the final on day two. The team that performs the longest jump on the first jump of each race will get a "Hyperdrive" speed boost. Wild.
Motorsport fans in the UK can stream every X-Prix race live across BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, ITV Hub, Sky Sports Action and BT Sport 1. TV highlights will be shown on BBC Two, and ITV will screen a 20-part magazine programme called Electric Odyssey.
See all races at https://www.extreme-e.com/en/race-calendar