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Motor racing-Britain to spend a million on electric race in Outer Hebrides

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Motor racing-Britain to spend a million on electric race in Outer Hebrides
Motor racing-Britain to spend a million on electric race in Outer Hebrides   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – Britain plans to spend a million pounds ($1.37 million) on a proposed electric Extreme E off-road race in the Outer Hebrides next year, the series said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Finance minister Rishi Sunak announced earlier in a budget statement to parliament that the government intended to fund the Hebrides X Prix.</p> <p>“We are thrilled with this investment and to be exploring racing in Scotland in 2022,” said Extreme E founder Alejandro Agag in a statement.</p> <p>“It is a fitting location off the back of COP26, which will be held in Glasgow imminently, and will allow the conversation on electric mobility and the climate emergency to continue further”.</p> <p>The series published a provisional 2022 calendar last month with five rounds and 12 potential venues, none of them in Britain.</p> <p>This year’s finale will be held at a British army base on southern England’s Jurassic Coast, however.</p> <p>Extreme E started up this year and aims to promote sustainability and “race without a trace” in often remote locations around the world to highlight the effects of climate change.</p> <p>Team owners include Formula One champions Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg. Each team must have a male and female driver.</p> <p>($1 = 0.7275 pounds)</p> <p/> </div>