Late last year, McLaren announced it was getting into Extreme E racing with driver Tanner Foust. Joining Foust on the team is Emma Gilmour. Gilmour is an experienced world rally cross driver. The Fluro Papaya and Oceanic Blue on the Extreme E Odyssey car matches McLaren’s theme on their Indy cars. The number 58 is a tribute to Bruce McLaren and the team will be allowed to use that race number as their inaugural entry into the series. Bruce used the number 58 in his first race in 1952, driving his father’s Austin 7 at the Murwai Hillclimb in New Zealand.
“Extreme E is going to use every single driving skill I have, including stunt driving. There couldn’t be a more challenging series when you think about the locations in which it races. I was a science major, so I can’t wait to find out more about the legacy programme and see the travelling scientists in action. Emma has had a bit of a head start as she participated last season, so she knows more about what lies ahead but I’m embracing the challenge of the unknown. We only have five races to make our mark and plenty of time in between to work on our strategy, so the sooner we get started the better,” said Tanner Foust.
The Desert X Prix kicks off this weekend in Neom, Saudi Arabia.