Extreme E has revealed a documentary series covering its inaugural season is set for release on Prime Video in the UK and Ireland in early summer of this year.
The sport for purpose electric off-road racing series' 2021 season will be covered in a five-part docu-series called 'Race for the Planet', covering the climate change story that underpins it. The show has been executive produced by sports production company Neo Studios.
Extreme E’s first campaign brought some of the world’s top male and female racers together to compete in electric SUVs in locations impacted by climate and environmental issues.
The teams were founded by motorsport legends Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Chip Ganassi, and Michael Andretti.
Racers included nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb, two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr, the Hansen brothers, and double W Series winner Jamie Chadwick.
There were five races in total across 2021, taking the drivers from the Saudi Arabian desert in April to Dorset in the UK in December. Neo Studios’ crew were with the teams on each leg of the journey to tell the story.
“The idea behind Extreme E is so bold and exciting, and it’s been a privilege to create the ultimate account of the competition’s first campaign,” said Anouk Mertens, Neo Studios chief exectuive and executive producer of 'Race for the Planet'.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Prime Video to get the show to audiences this summer.”
Audiences will see the 2021 season unfold through the eyes of the drivers, teams, and support staff. As well as capturing the drama of race days – from spectacular off road action to blistering crashes – the show will tell the stories of its stars, and the organisers who made it happen in the face of the pandemic. The series also sheds light on the consequences of climate change in each race location.
Ali Russell, chief marketing officer for Extreme E, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce our new documentary ‘Race for the Planet’, highlighting the untold stories behind the scenes of Extreme E on and off the track, taking audiences along with us as we race in the most remote locations of the planet.
“We have captured what it is like to race and breathe Extreme E. We break down the barriers, bring authenticity to displaying the ups and down of motorsport, the challenges and essentially, how gladiatorial Extreme E is. Listening into the intimate thoughts of some of the best drivers in motorsport makes this documentary even more exciting and entertaining.
“Working with Prime Video was the perfect way to release this original documentary to showcase Extreme E as pioneers and a sport for purpose Championship. Not only will ‘Race for the Planet’ bring our fans and viewers into the heart of our racing and legacy projects, but this documentary will also attract a new audience to Extreme E.”