Extreme E motor racing series coming to ESPN

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Extreme E coming to ESPN. (Photo: Supplied/ESPN)
Extreme E coming to ESPN. (Photo: Supplied/ESPN)
  • South African viewers will soon be able to watch the Extreme E series on ESPN.
  • This comes after an agreement with The Walt Disney Company that will allow the series to air live to more than 50 African countries.
  • The off-road motor racing series places the focus on the impact that climate change is having on locations across the globe.


ESPN announced in a statement to the media this week that Extreme E is set to be broadcast live across the African continent following an agreement with The Walt Disney Company. 

The pioneering electric off-road motor racing series aims to highlight the impact that climate change and human influences are having on the severely damaged locations in which it will race. 

The five-race global odyssey from the Arctic to the Amazon Rainforest, will air live to more than 50 African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

As well as the live race action, a variety of highlights programmes will also be broadcast.

The series will premiere on ESPN (Dstv 218, GOtv 38) and ESPN2 (Dstv 219) in 2021.

"We aim to make our championship accessible to as wide an audience as possible around the globe, and this deal opens the door to tens of millions of viewers across Africa – especially key as the continent will play host to one of our races in Senegal," said Ali Russell, chief marketing officer at Extreme E. 

Ali added: "Extreme E is a top-tier sporting product unlike anything else out there at the moment, and we want to share the series’ goal of driving awareness of climate change worldwide, whilst promoting battery electric vehicles and workable, sustainable solutions."

Further sporting, broadcast and partnership announcements will follow in the coming weeks as Extreme E builds towards its 2021 start-date.

Compiled by Herman Eloff. 

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