Carl Cox to take Extreme E sabbatical ahead of hydrogen switch

The Carl Cox Motorsport name will be absent from the Extreme E field this year, but the team has already confirmed its intentions to return for Extreme H in 2025.

The superstar DJ lent his name to the electric off-road series’ final team last season, taking over the entry formerly known as XITE Energy Racing, and fielded Timo Scheider, as well as Christine Giampaoli Zonca and Lia Block, the latter taking the female driver seat from round five in Sardinia until the end of the season.

“I like to think that I have a pioneering spirit. From music to motors, I’ve always pushed myself to open doors and then go through them,” said Cox. “Being invited to bring Carl Cox Motorsport into the highly-anticipated Extreme H series that launches in 2025 feels like a leap into the future. We’ll be working closely with the Extreme E family over the next 12 months as we prepare to launch our championship campaign in the ground-breaking new car. We are most definitely in it to win it.”


Scheider and GZ took a podium finish in the first part of the Hydro X Prix in Scotland, while the team also took a Redemption Race win in the penultimate round of the 2023 season in Chile.

Scheider will race for the new SUN Minimeal entry this season alongside former Abt Cupra driver Klara Andersson, while Block will transition to open-wheel racing full-time as a WIlliams F1 development driver. As part of that, she will be driving for ART Grand Prix in the F1 Academy series.

“It has been great to welcome Carl and his team into Extreme E – his enthusiasm for motorsport is infectious and he has really enjoyed being a part of the championship as much as we have enjoyed him being with us,” said Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag. “Carl will be following Extreme E closely this season as Carl Cox Motorsport concentrates on 2025, working closely with us for the momentous launch of Extreme H and the exciting new future for our series.”

RACER understands one more entry is set to be announced for the 2024 Extreme E season, setting the field at eight entries with the championship kicking off next week in Saudi Arabia.

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