Day: September 9, 2020

Lewis Hamilton announces his Extreme E racing team, X44

LONDON — Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, an outspoken campaigner for the environment and sustainability, is entering his own team in a new Extreme E electric off-road series highlighting climate change.

The first race is scheduled for early 2021, and Hamilton’s team will be X44, referring to the Mercedes driver’s racing number.

The Briton, who will not be driving or involved in day-to-day operations, is the biggest name to link up with a series that includes the U.S.-based Andretti United and Chip Ganassi Racing teams, both of which compete in IndyCar. The electric car company Fisker has also announced plans to participate in the electric off-road series.

“Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder,” Hamilton said in a statement.

“Of course,

Mercedes-AMG G 63 imagined as a race car for ‘Project Gelandewagen’

If you’ve spent much time on the internet looking up car stuff, you’ve probably seen a variety of artistic renderings imagining what ordinary cars would look like if they were built to do something they weren’t designed to do, like go off-road, or compete in a racing series. Most of these will never become real, but Mercedes-Benz seemingly captured the spirit of those renderings to create a track-car Mercedes-AMG G 63 called “Project Gelandewagen,” and it’s remarkable to behold.

The project is the result of a collaboration between the Chief Design Officer for Mercedes, Gorden Wagener, and the Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh. They wanted to design a vehicle of which a replica would be auctioned by Sotheby’s to support charity for the arts. According to Mercedes, the race car route was decided on