WE CONTINUE THE RACE AGAINST THE CLIMATE CRISIS

We are competing in the off-road race Extreme E: 100 % electric, 50/50 split of male and female participants and ready to make a positive impact on the planet.

ACCIONA | SAINZ XE TEAM reaches second place in the Atacama Desert

The ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team took second place on the podium at the Copper X Prix, the Extreme E race held in the Atacama Desert (Chile). The ACCIONA team has thus achieved its best result in the two seasons of the first motor racing championship designed to raise awareness for the climate crisis.

This second podium finish for the ACCIONA team in the history of Extreme E – the first taking place at the Greenland race in the inaugural season – brings the team’s total to 60 points and puts it in the third place in the overall standings. With one round to go, the ASXE drivers are just eight points behind the leader of the Drivers’ Championship.

COPPER X PRIX - Antofagasta, Chile

The penultimate race of the Extreme E season will take place on 24 and 25 September.

The climate crisis means that species endemic to the ecosystem of the Atacama desert in Chile are at risk of extinction. This is the case of the Loa frog, a micro-endemic species that is currently in a breeding and reintroduction programme after the stream that it previously inhabited completely dried up. Extreme E is to support the protection plan for this amphibian.

ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team stands out with a second place in Island X Prix Qualifying

The electric off-road vehicle of the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team will be at the starting grid of Semi-Final 2 in tomorrow’s Island X Prix, where it will fight for a spot in the Final.

The Spanish team set the second-fastest time overall in Qualifying 1 and comfortably won its heat in Qualifying 2, already showcasing its new livery on the Odyssey 21 and its new logo.Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz, therefore, scored 19 points out of 20, finishing the day in second place in the Qualifying standings.Their rivals on Semi-Final 2 will be X44 and JBXE, who today finished third and sixth respectively.

The two first cars to cross the finish line will advance to the Final of the X Prix.
The first day of racing in Sardinia confirmed that ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team is one of the strongest teams in the series at the moment, as it builds on the second place it achieved in the Final of the Desert X Prix, which was held in February near Neom, in Saudi Arabia.

ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team renews its brand and heads to the Island X Prix double-header

The ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team has completely revamped its image for the Sardinia double-header.  The team will arrive on the Mediterranean island with a new livery for its Odyssey 21 car, with ACCIONA’s characteristic red color standing out.

The team’s logo and the racing suits worn by drivers Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz also had a makeover.

ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team comes second in Extreme E 2022’s debut

 

 

The ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team took second place in the inaugural race of the new Extreme E season. The team led by Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz has achieved its best participation in Extreme E and confirms its position as one of the main candidates for the final title.

Carlos Sainz led the entire first lap of the Final, while Laia Sanz kept the ACCIONA team in the lead until the second to last corner, when she was finally overtaken by current champion team Rosberg X Racing.

The ACCIONA team thus maintains its line of progress and confirms the competitive leap expected after the experience of last year’s inaugural series.

The first race of this new Extreme E season has brought spectators closer to the direct consequences of climate change in the desert ecosystem of Neom, one of the most water-scarce areas of the planet.

A RACE FOR THE PLANET

 

We formed the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team, led by drivers Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz, with the aim of promoting the fight against the climate emergency. We are competing in the off-road race Extreme E: 100 % electric, 50/50 split of male and female participants and ready to make a positive impact on the planet.

The competition also promotes gender equality. The rules state that teams must have a 50/50 split of men and women, with the same number of kilometers driven by each team member.

The nine teams will use the Odyssey 21, the official 100% electric off-road SUV, with batteries powered by green hydrogen systems.

Discover the new stages of the second edition

STAGE 1: DESERT X PRIX | Neom - Saudi Arabia - 2nd Place: 18 Points

Neom - Saudi Arabia  

19-20 of February  

Saudi Arabia is home to the world's largest continuous sand desert, and has one of the highest levels of water stress on the planet. Off its coasts lie the coral reefs of the Red Sea, an ecosystem threatened by global warming and plastic pollution.

The Red Sea coral reefs that bathe the Saudi coast are a wonderful example of natural resilience to climate change. They are a gift, yet global warming and sea pollution threaten to damage and change them. That is why it's essential to raise public and government awareness of the need to preserve and restore these marine ecosystems.

In desert ecosystems, more water evaporates from the ground than is replenished with rainfall. Rising temperatures and water scarcity threaten the region's biodiversity.

Deserts are characterised by their extremely harsh conditions, water shortage and barren landscapes. The climate crisis demands solutions from society to protect ecosystems and curb desertification.

 

  • THE PROBLEM: Rising temperatures and more frequent periods of drought alongside deforestation, overgrazing and unsustainable use of scarce resources such as water are the main causes of desertification. According to the UN, more than 24 billion tonnes of productive land become barren every year, and water availability in some dry regions is expected to decrease by 10-30 % over the next few decades. In other words, 2.4 billion people will suffer water shortages. Meanwhile, coral reefs, like those in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia, are at risk of collapse due to rising sea temperatures and pollution from human activities. Nonetheless, this ecosystem is an example of natural resilience to climate change, and an important source of ecosystem services for humans.

 

  • SOLUTION: Alongside Extreme E, we want to raise public awareness of the consequences of desertification and the deterioration of marine ecosystems like the Red Sea's coral reefs. We will work with local and international experts on projects to preserve ecosystems affected by climate change.

STAGE 2: ISLAND X PRIX I | Sardinia - Italy - 4th Place: 12 Points

Sardinia - Italy

06-07 of July

Islands, such as Sardinia in Italy, are suffering the consequences of rising temperatures and heat waves on their ecosystems. The loss of Posidonia oceanica seagrass beds and forest fires are two clear examples.

Rising temperatures, more intense heat waves and forest fires are affecting every continent. The devastating fires of the summer of 2021 are all too memorable for the people of Italy. According to Extreme E, in 2021, fires "blazed through 20,000 hectares of land, displaced over 1,000 people and killed around 30 million bees".

The spread of fires is closely linked to phenomena such as drought and desertification. Fires also contribute to climate change by releasing carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the global warming, into the atmosphere. Did you know that forests absorb 7.6 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide globally?

On the other hand, the Posidonia oceanica seagrass bed ecosystems around Sardinia are also threatened by global warming. Seagrass beds are capable of capturing 10 % of oceanic carbon, so protecting these ecosystems is vital in order to combat the climate crisis.

 

STAGE 3: ISLAND X PRIX II | Sardinia - Italy - 4th Place: 12 Points

Sardinia - Italy

09-10 of July 

Islands, such as Sardinia in Italy, are suffering the consequences of rising temperatures and heat waves on their ecosystems. The loss of Posidonia oceanica seagrass beds and forest fires are two clear examples.

Rising temperatures, more intense heat waves and forest fires are affecting every continent. The devastating fires of the summer of 2021 are all too memorable for the people of Italy. According to Extreme E, in 2021, fires "blazed through 20,000 hectares of land, displaced over 1,000 people and killed around 30 million bees".

The spread of fires is closely linked to phenomena such as drought and desertification. Fires also contribute to climate change by releasing carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the global warming, into the atmosphere. Did you know that forests absorb 7.6 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide globally?

On the other hand, the Posidonia oceanica seagrass bed ecosystems around Sardinia are also threatened by global warming. Seagrass beds are capable of capturing 10 % of oceanic carbon, so protecting these ecosystems is vital in order to combat the climate crisis.

 

STAGE 4: COPPER X PRIX | Antofagasta - Chile - 2nd Place: 18 Points

Antofagasta - Chile 

24-25 of September 

The climate crisis means that species endemic to the ecosystem of the Atacama desert in Chile are at risk of extinction. This is the case of the Loa frog, a micro-endemic species that is currently in a breeding and reintroduction programme after the stream that it previously inhabited completely dried up. Extreme E is to support the protection plan for this amphibian.

 

Without biodiversity, there is no future. The rich desert ecosystems of Atacama, which is one of the most fascinating deserts on the planet, are threatened by the climate crisis. The new conditions being seen due to man-made change mean that the species of flora and fauna that inhabit this ecosystem in their thousands, many of which are endemic, are faced with the challenge of either adapting or disappearing.

This is the case of the Loa frog, a micro-endemic amphibian (meaning that it lives in only one small place — the Chilean sector of Las Vertientes, Calama, Antofagasta). The stream previously inhabited by this frog dried up in 2019, leaving just 14 frogs, which were rescued to stop them from going extinct.

It is vitally important that we continue to raise awareness about respecting our environment — not just to mitigate the impact humans have on the environment but to remedy the effects of this impact and, ultimately, generate a positive impact that allows for continued, sustainable balance in the ecosystem. The example of protecting and reintroducing the Loa frog illustrates this aim perfectly.

 

 

STAGE 5: ENERGY X PRIX | Punta del Este - Uruguay

Punta del Este - Uruguay 

26-27 of November  

COMING SOON 

 

Competing with our ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team at Extreme E: a pioneering, 50/50 gender split and sustainable off-road championship.

ACCIONA

We have a conviction: It is time to accelerate the transition to a fairer, low-carbon planet. We joined the Extreme E 100 % electric, off-road, mixed gender competition to share this conviction with the world.

EXTREME E

This is a ground-breaking 100 % electric, off-road, mixed gender competition that takes place in five locations that exemplify the ecosystems most visibly threatened by climate change. Its main purpose is environmental and social: to raise awareness on climate change and gender equality, promoting community action in the localities in which the races are held.

AS SIGNATORIES TO THE UNITED NATIONS SPORTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION FRAMEWORK

we are committed to:

  • Educating and spreading the word on climate action.

  • Reducing the impact of sport on the climate.

  • Promoting greater environmental responsibility.

  • Promoting sustainability and responsible consumption.

  • Promoting gender equality.

LEGACY

We are committed to advacing sustainable regeneration with the participation of ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team in Extreme E. In this first episode, oceanographer Carlos Duarte explains to Carlos and Laia what Extreme E is doing in Saudi Arabia to improve the environment where the #DesertXPrix takes place.

It will resume the green and blue carbon projects that it launched together with the MEDSEA Foundation in its first season

On this occasion, it will resume the green and blue carbon projects that it launched together with the MEDSEA Foundation in its first season. The drivers will visit the olive groves they planted last year in Sennariolo, affected area by the 2021 wildfires. In addition, they will participate in a project to conserve and replenish seagrasses.

Everything you need to know to join the climate action for a better planet.

We are committed to advacing sustainable regeneration with the participation of ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team in Extreme E

Legacy initiative: In this first episode, oceanographer Carlos Duarte explains to Carlos and Laia what Extreme E is doing in Saudi Arabia to improve the environment where the #DesertXPrix takes place.

Get to know our ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team's drivers

Transport is responsible for 30 % of greenhouse gas emissions. We advocate the electrification of transport to help combat climate change, in line with the Odyssey 21: a 100 % electric all-terrain vehicle.

Odissey 21: Same car for all participants, same opportunities.

The Odyssey 21 is a one-off design, 100 % electric, off-road vehicle capable of withstanding the harsh terrain and temperature conditions.

With a 400-kW engine (the equivalent of 557 bhp), the off-road Odyssey 21 SUV is revolutionising the racing car scene. It can go from 0 to 100 Km/h in 4.5 seconds and can tackle slopes of up to 130 %.

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

The Odyssey 21's batteries, charged by green hydrogen systems, were designed and developed by Williams Advanced Engineering. They can produce a maximum power of 470 kW.

The exterior shell of the Odyssey 21 is made from natural flax fibre, a sustainable material that, according to the Extreme E competition, enables a 75 % reduction in the carbon footprint of the entire manufacturing process.