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Billed by championship co-founder Alejandro Agag as “probably the biggest news in the short history of Extreme E”, McLaren joins Cupra and GMC as the third manufacturer involved – while Lotus Engineering has a technical partnership with Jenson Button’s JBXE outfit. This decision to enter follows a “detailed evaluation of the series” carried out by McLaren, not unlike the process to decide if the team will take up its option to enter Formula E for the Gen3 rules in 2022-23. While McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown told select media, including Autosport, that no final decision had been made on a prospective Formula E or World Endurance Championship Hypercar programme, he said he expected Extreme E slots to be “sold out quickly” and that McLaren Racing “didn’t have the luxury of waiting another six months” to join. “We will be competing against big names we’re very familiar with from F1 and IndyCar [JBXE, Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team, Nico Rosberg’s Rosberg X Racing, Chip Ganaasi Racing] but, like all series we compete in, the competition objective is clear: we are there to win.”

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