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Arctic X-Prix layout revealed

The layout of the Arctic X-Prix. Credits: Extreme E.

Two days before the Arctic X-Prix, the track layout was published. Thus, the third X-Prix this year will be held this weekend.

The track will be on an open plain and area that will run next to the Russell Glacier and this is outside the city of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. The terrain where the Arctic X-Prix will be held is very different. From big boulders to fine glacial sediment and sand dunes, everything is on the track.

The start is at a sea level of 123 meters at the western end of the area. At first, the track is on a fixed sediment and small boulders before heading north to the sand dunes. Then riders enter a wide-open section of the course where there are different routes as they traverse the sandy mogul field before coming out onto the sand dunes at the base of the first climb. Then the route goes downhill for a short distance to the plain before heading to the northern part.

After that, a glacial lake will be bypassed before going up to the highest point of the dunes at 180 meters, then they will come to a sandier section, and then they will come back to the open plain. It is not flat there, although it looks like it, the ground has been shaped by water and wind. After that, the route drops twice more into a huge riverbed with steep slopes. This is also where the super sector is located. This is a section of the track where the fastest driver of the weekend gets five points for his team.

After the back straight, the drivers come back towards the start/finish straight, then the cars drive through the “rock garden,” the most technically demanding and slowest part of the track. This is littered with medium to large stones. The last part of the track then leads over the bumpy plain and this forms the end of the 6.68-kilometer-long track.

Alejandro Agag, Extreme E Founder and CEO, shared his opinion on the track: “The Arctic-X Prix course offers a true spectacle and a brand-new challenge for teams and drivers. To be racing on an area which was once a glacier up until its suffering at the hands of the climate crisis is very special and I’m sure through the racing and our broadcast product, we will heighten fans’ awareness of what is happening to the planet.

“This course is like nothing the motorsport world has ever seen as we are the first series to ever go racing in this location, which means teams will have to get to grips with the setting pretty quickly. I can’t wait to see what prevails this weekend, and who will take the top step on the podium.”

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