Extreme H set to become official FIA world championship in 2026

Hydrogen-powered series to be official FIA championship from inaugural season in 2025.

Extreme H is set to become an official International Automobile Federation (FIA) world championship in 2026, the first off-road hydrogen series of its kind. 

Confirmed:

  • Extreme H to be one of seven world championships accredited by the FIA
  • Hydrogen-powered series to be official FIA championship from inaugural season in 2025
  • Extreme E to be upgraded to FIA championship next season

Context:

Development of the Extreme H series is underway, with plans advanced to have a prototype launched later this year ahead of the first season in 2025. The non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the FIA will see Extreme H become a world championship if the requisite criteria is met.

Comment:

Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Extreme E, said: “Establishing alongside the FIA a world-first hydrogen racing world championship will be a momentous milestone for Extreme E and the new Extreme H series. Eventual accreditation as an FIA Championship and then an FIA World Championship means we would be amongst the top tier of global motorsport categories, and Extreme H would be the first-ever world championship racing series of its kind.”

Consequence:

Agag has said that “Extreme H will continue what Extreme E started as a pioneering motorsport series”, which could hint at the future of these series. With all-electric Formula E having an exclusive contract with the FIA for electric racing until 2039, Extreme E has been unable to establish itself as an official world championship. As a pioneer in the space of hydrogen racing, Extreme H now has the opportunity to establish itself as the leading property with the ‘world championship’ tagline.

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