- X44, which was founded by seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, and Chip Ganassi Racing were original members of Extreme E
- Both competed in three seasons and could return in future
Extreme E’s transition to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which will see the series discontinued in favour of Extreme H from 2025, is reportedly the leading cause for Chip Ganassi Racing’s departure. The team, which has competed with backing from General Motors (GM) via its GMC brand and Hummer EV product, does not currently have a major presence in the hydrogen space.
Both teams appear to have left the door open for a possible return in the future.
Three teams are now confirmed to exit Extreme E following the 2023 season after Abt Cupra announced their departure last December to focus on Formula E. However, the series has gained an entry for 2024 with the Sun Minimeal Team, which is backed by Swiss food producer Sun Ag.
X44 said in a statement: “After three years as part of the Extreme E family, we’re today announcing that X44 will be departing the series. We’ve had an incredible three seasons competing as X44, winning multiple races and even a world championship.
“Thank you to our drivers Cristina, Fraser and Seb, and all our talented teammates who worked hard to help us achieve everything we did. Even more than the results on track, we’re proud to have been part of a bigger conversation about how to make motorsport more sustainable, of our success in giving people from all kinds of backgrounds an opportunity to thrive in this team, and of the legacy our team owner Lewis will leave behind with the Racing for All programme.
“Although we won’t be competing ourselves in 2024, we’ll be cheering on the series from the sidelines and keeping an eye on the exciting developments at Extreme H.”
The 2024 Extreme E season, the last before the series evolves into the hydrogen-based Extreme H, kicks off with two rounds on 17th and 18th February in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.