Extreme E confirms Scottish coal mine for next round

Former Glenmuckloch opencast coal mine site in Dumfries and Galloway gets electric SUV race.

Extreme E, the sport for purpose electric off-road rallying series, has confirmed a former Scottish coal mine as its next race destination.

Confirmed:

  • Scotland to host two races over the weekend of 13th and 14th May
  • The restored former coal mine is set to be transformed into a Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) plant and wind farm

Context: When Extreme E announced its 2023 calendar, it confirmed it would be racing in Scotland, but there was no confirmation on exactly where this would be. Scotland had initially been planned to debut last season, but it was cancelled due to financial difficulties. This is despite the UK government pledging UK£1 million (US$1.4 million) in funding to stage the event.

Comment: Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Extreme E, said: “Extreme E is a unique sport for purpose racing series. We are thrilled to be headed to Scotland in May for the Hydro X Prix, and we could not have found a more perfect racing site than the former Glenmuckloch coal mine.”

Coming next: With large gaps between events to allow for freight to be shipped by sea, Scotland will be hosting the second round of the Extreme E season following the season-opener in Saudi Arabia on 11th and 12th March.

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