The ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team led by Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz made its debut during the first season of Extreme E, demonstrating the effectiveness of this ground-breaking competition as a platform for environmental and social awareness and, at the same time, taking on eight teams made up of some of the most outstanding male and female drivers in the motorsports world.


The first season saw our team competing with the Odyssey 21, the official 100 %-electric off-road SUV, in five ecosystems representative of the consequences of the climate crisis, where it helped drive climate action through legacy efforts.


The ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team concluded the first season in sixth position in the team championship, with taking podium position at the Arctic X-Prix in Greenland being the highlight of the year.



    Global warming is hitting some areas of the planet harder. The race is held in some of them to raise their visibility, the need to preserve their ecosystems and to generate a positive impact through environmental recovery initiatives.


    We are committed to providing social and environmental support at each Extreme E location, so that they too can gain from legacy initiatives.


    Our goals:

    1. Empowerment of local communities.
    2. Restoration and conservation of vulnerable habitats to enhance resilience.
    3. Durable and sustainable solutions that deliver positive impact according to local needs.
    4. Renewable energy and reduce emissions.
    5. Talk about climate action.
    6. Proven experience and success developing projects in the country.
    7. Connections in the country.

    Discover the stages of the first edition

    STAGE 1: DESERT X PRIX | Al Ula - Saudi Arabia - 4º Place: 26 Points

    Al Ula - Arabia Saudí

    03-04 of April

    Saudi Arabia is home to the world's largest continuous sand desert, and is also one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, affecting the future of its people.

    Saudi Arabia is home to the world's largest continuous sand desert and is also classified as having one of the highest levels of water stress, affecting the future of its inhabitants.

    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.

    Far from being wastelands, deserts are biologically rich ecosystems with a vast array of plants and animals that have adapted to the harsh conditions there. These are environments we must care for.

    - 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.

    More than 24 billion tonnes of productive land become barren every year, according to the UN, 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 be subject to periods of water shortage.

    - SOLUTIONS: Together with Extreme E, we want to raise public awareness of the consequences of desertification and we will work with local and international experts on projects to preserve ecosystems affected by the impact of climate change.

    STAGE 2: OCEAN X PRIX II | Lac Rose - Senegal - 8º Place: 10 Points

    Lac Rose - Senegal 

    29-30 of May

    Lac Rose is an incredible pink-coloured lake located 30 km from Dakar. A place surrounded by sea that symbolises the impact of climate change on these ecosystems.

    Oceans are the lungs of the Earth. And the survival of humanity depends on their protection. Climate change and unsustainable human activities are distorting their balance.

    Climate challenges include rising sea-levels - putting the very existence of some islands at risk - and ocean warming, contributing to the deterioration of ecosystems such as coral reefs. Not to mention the contamination of their waters.

    Mangrove ecosystems play an important role in the progress of coastal communities in the likes of Senegal, providing essential goods and services. In addition to being a carbon store, they act as flood barriers and create natural fish farms.

    - THE PROBLEM: Oceans are the main carbon stores, but they are in crisis: half of coral reefs and a third of mangroves and seagrasses have already been lost, leaving between 100 and 300 million people vulnerable to flooding. Crucial fish stocks are on the point of collapse, threatening not only food security for the human population that depends on them but the entire food chain.

    Plastics, oil spills and agrochemicals are destroying ocean environments and contaminating food chains. Climate change is causing our oceans to heat up, making them more acidic, and bleaching coral reefs, melting the ice at the poles and endangering the life they sustain.

    - SOLUTIONS: Extreme E will bring its partners together to address the region's most critical social and environmental issues — rising sea levels, marine ecosystem degradation and desertification — aggravated by overfishing, inadequate waste management and climate change.

    The project will focus on five areas totalling 60 hectares, the equivalent of around 112 football pitches, with the aim of reforesting mangroves, providing education to local populations and improving social cohesion.

    STAGE 3: ARTIC X PRIX | Kangerlussuaq - Greenland - 3º Place: 18 Points

    Kangerlussuaq - Greenland 

    28-29 of August

    Extreme E will head to Russell Glacier in Greenland to raise awareness of the rate at which ice is melting and its consequences for humanity.

    Since the 1970s, 35 % of ice at the North Pole has disappeared. Climate change accelerates the ongoing melting of the ice cap, rising sea levels and puts severe pressure on species that inhabit these ecosystems, such as the polar bear and ringed seal.

    The increase in global temperature means that 63 % of Greenland's glaciers are in decline. Every tonne of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere causes the disappearance of three square metres of ice in the Arctic during the warmer months.

    The Arctic is home to around four million people, including indigenous communities spread across eight countries (Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Greenland and the US)

    As well as around 450 types of fish, 280 species of birds and 130 types of mammals including polar bears, narwhals and Arctic foxes.

    - THE PROBLEM: Global warming is contributing to the Arctic warming at twice the global average, which has accelerated the disappearance of Arctic sea ice.

    With less sea ice, fewer of the sun's rays are reflected, leaving the ocean to absorb more energy in the form of heat — further accelerating warming. The International Energy Agency predicts an increase of 2.7°C by 2100 compared with pre-industrial levels. An increase in carbon dioxide concentration to 855 parts per million (more than double the current level) would effectively eliminate the ice mass at the North Pole.

    - SOLUTIONS: With the help of world-leading Arctic expert, Professor Peter Wadhams, Extreme E will support research into protecting Arctic ice. Exploring solutions to slow the melting of ice and its consequences on biodiversity is a vital challenge for ensuring a sustainable future.

    STAGE 4: ISLAND X PRIX I | Sardinia - Italy - 7º Place: 17 Points

    Sardinia - Italy

    23-24 of October 

    Islands like Sardinia in Italy are suffering from rising temperatures and heat waves, such as forest fires.

    Rising temperatures, more intense heat waves and forest fires are affecting every continent. Over summer 2021, fires have charred thousands of hectares of land in regions of Italy, Canada, Greece and Turkey. Nowadays, fires are more extensive, dangerous and frequent.

    The spread of fires is closely linked to phenomena such as drought and desertification. According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), during the summer of 2020 the average number of hectares burnt was 165,000. As of the same date in 2021, 329,797 hectares have been burnt.

    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? Their disappearance would be a huge setback in the decarbonisation of the planet.

    - THE PROBLEM: Climate crisis doesn't just affect remote areas. It affects us all. In summer 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere, one of the best and saddest examples of this was seen in regions such as Sardinia, which was hit by extreme heat waves and forest fires. However, there is a clear pathway that we can take to reduce the intensity of extreme weather events and put an end to global warming: we must cut carbon emissions, accelerate the energy transition and implement a circular economy model.

    - SOLUTIONS: Extreme E will work, on the one hand, to conserve the forests of the Oristan area, in Sardinia, with the aim of increasing green carbon stocks; and, on the other hand, it will promote measures to care for the Posidonia oceanica meadows. The latter ecosystem is vital for carbon dioxide sequestration, thus constituting a very important blue carbon store.

    STAGE 5: JURASSIC X PRIX | Bovington - United Kindom- 5º Place: 22 Points

    Bovington - United Kindom

    18-19 of December

    A relevant opportunity to raise climate ambition and the role of electric mobility in the transition to a decarbonised and prosperous economy and society.

    Rising sea levels as a result of global warming threaten the ecosystems that nourish the coasts as well as the prosperity of their inhabitants.

    There is no place in the world that can escape the effects of climate change. Neither can the UK, nor can its coasts. This is one of the reasons why Extreme E wants to raise awareness, in the last race of the first season of the championship, about one of the consequences that the climate crisis is producing: the rise in sea level. This phenomenon is causing coastal land erosion, endangering homes, surrounding crops and habitats, as well as tourist areas, affecting not only the environmental but also the social and economic structure of communities.

    And how does sea level rise? In three ways: by thermal expansion (water tends to expand as it warms up, increasing the size of the oceans), by melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland, and by the melting of polar caps and glaciers.

    - THE PROBLEM: Rising sea levels, caused by climate change, are eroding coastal ecosystems, threatening the environmental balance and the communities prosperity that inhabit these environments.

    - SOLUTIONS: Extreme E continues to define the Legacy programme for the final race of the year. According to the official information on its website, it will reveal the details days before the event.

    Refresca la memoria con las noticias de la temporada


    El ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team ha terminado la temporada 2022 de Extreme E en el tercer puesto del Campeonato de Equipos después de la prueba final, el Energy X Prix de Uruguay. Laia Sanz y Carlos Sainz también han ocupado la tercera posición en la clasificación de Pilotos, confirmando el salto cualitativo que ha dado el equipo este año.

    La escudería de ACCIONA tenía hoy la oportunidad de pelear por el título, pero sus opciones han desaparecido al terminar su semifinal en tercer lugar. Eso le ha impedido progresar hasta la final, condición necesaria para tener alguna oportunidad matemática de llevarse la corona.

    La semifinal ha estado marcada por un vuelco en la primera vuelta de la carrera, en el que Laia Sanz ha dado dos vueltas de campana mientras peleaba con otro coche por el segundo puesto. Laia no sólo ha conseguido aterrizar sobre los neumáticos, sino que ha podido seguir adelante y llegar hasta la zona del cambio de pilotos para cederle el testigo a Carlos Sainz, que ha conseguido finalizar el recorrido.

    El ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team termina de este modo el año con el tercer puesto en el Campeonato de Equipos y el de Pilotos, y firma un paso adelante respecto a 2021 que lo confirma como una de las mayores fuerzas de la disciplina.


    El ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team ha conseguido el segundo puesto en el podio del Copper X Prix, la prueba de Extreme E que ha tenido lugar en el desierto de Atacama (Chile). La escudería de ACCIONA firma de esta manera su mejor resultado en las dos temporadas del primer campeonato de motor diseñado para concienciar sobre la crisis climática.

    Con este segundo podio del equipo ACCIONA en la historia de Extreme E -el primero se produjo en la prueba de Groenlandia de la temporada inaugural-, la escudería suma 60 puntos y se sitúa en el tercer puesto de la clasificación general. La dupla de ACCIONA está a tan sólo ocho puntos del líder del Campeonato de Pilotos cuando queda una prueba por disputarse.


    El 24 y 25 de septiembre tendrá lugar la penúltima carrera de esta temporada de Extreme E.

    Ecosistemas desérticos como el que define el desierto Atacama en Chile, el lugar más seco del planeta, afrontan graves amenazas en la supervivencia de la biodiversidad a consecuencia del impacto del calentamiento global. Especies endémicas de este ecosistema único en el mundo se encuentran en peligro de extinción, por lo que es urgente desarrollar medidas de preservación medioambiental.


    El todoterreno eléctrico de ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team estará mañana en la parrilla de salida de la Semifinal 2 del Island X Prix, desde donde buscará acceder a la gran final.

    El equipo español, ya con su nuevo logo e imagen en el Odyssey 21, ha conseguido hoy el segundo mejor tiempo absoluto en la primera clasificación contrarreloj y ha ganado su manga con autoridad en la segunda sesión.

    Carlos Sainz y Laia Sanz han sumado así 19 de los 20 puntos que había hoy en juego, circunstancia que les ha dejado en segunda posición en la tabla de resultados.

    Sus rivales en la segunda semifinal serán los equipos X44 y JBXE, hoy tercero y sexto, respectivamente.
    Los dos primeros coches en cruzar la línea de meta en esa Semifinal se ganarán el derecho a competir en la Final.

    La primera toma de contacto con Cerdeña ha servido para ratificar que el ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team es ahora mismo uno de los equipos más en forma del campeonato, como continuación del segundo puesto en la Final del pasado Desert X Prix, celebrado en las cercanías de Neom, en Arabia Saudí.

    El ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team renueva su imagen y afronta la doble cita del Island X Prix

    El ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team renueva por completo su imagen de cara a la doble cita de Cerdeña.  El equipo se presentará en la isla mediterránea con una nueva decoración para su Odyssey 21, con predominio absoluto para el color rojo característico de ACCIONA. 

    El logotipo de la formación y los monos de carreras que visten los pilotos Carlos Sainz y Laia Sanz también se han renovado por completo.



    El ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team ha terminado segundo en el Desert X Prix, la prueba inaugural de nueva temporada de Extreme E. El equipo 100% español liderado por Carlos Sainz y Laia Sanz firma así su mejor participación en Extreme E y se reafirma como uno de los principales candidatos al título final.

    Carlos Sainz ha liderado toda la primera vuelta de la Final y Laia Sanz ha mantenido a la formación de ACCIONA en cabeza hasta la penúltima curva, cuando finalmente le ha adelantado el coche del actual campeón, Rosberg X Racing, que finalmente ha resultado vencedor.

    La escudería de ACCIONA mantiene así su línea de progreso y confirma el salto de competitivo que se esperaba tras la experiencia de la serie inaugural del pasado año.

    La primera prueba de esta nueva temporada de Extreme E ha permitido acercar a los espectadores las consecuencias directas del cambio climático en el ecosistema desértico de Neom, una de las zonas del planeta con mayor estrés hídrico.

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