Through the Racing for All project, Extreme E welcomes five new applicants

A candidate for Racing for All now makes up half of the Extreme E grid, highlighting the growing significance of the movement in the competition

(Sports news) Since the initiative’s inception in 2022, half of the Extreme E grid has a candidate for Racing for All as a member of their racing squad. As a result of The Hamilton Commission’s recommendations, Racing for All is giving the next generation of mechanical and engineering talent the chance to compete in the most innovative off-road electric racing series in the world. The programme encourages applicants from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, minorities, and women in order to break down barriers and draw in those who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Racing for All recruits, Lanna Campbell (Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E), Amanda Kangai (Veloce Racing), Daanish Chilwan (No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing), Calvin Langat (X44 Vida Carbon Racing) and Aisling Power (NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team) were at the Hydro X Prix, they had the chance to see how an Extreme E team operates on the inside, performing responsibilities like logging data from runs that went off-course and fixing cars and bodywork.

Working at her home event was a particular joy for Lanna Campbell, who resides on the Scottish Isle of Arran. Lanna began by observing every facet of the Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E team while she was a member of it. After spending a day in the mechanics’ shoes, Lanna was able to assist with car and bodywork repairs and to support the mechanics as needed over the race weekend.

Lanna said: “It was an amazing opportunity to work with Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E. My old schoolteacher found out about Racing for All online and sent it to me, and I knew I had to take the opportunity.

“I’ve been shadowing all the team members to watch and understand their jobs, and I also got the opportunity to get stuck in and help the mechanics with some car repairs and do some car vinyl. I’ve really been loving it – I’m having the time of my life! The experience has really made me want to work in motorsports now.

“The only thing that shocked me is how busy and fast-paced it can get between the track action. Obviously, when you watch motorsport, the TV doesn’t show you that side. But even understanding that has been great. Every day is a learning day as they say!”

Additionally, EqualEngineers provided engagement sessions at the Glenmuckloch location to help the Racing for All candidates in the series by enhancing their communication and practical abilities.

EqualEngineers, whose Pathways Programme helps engineering students from different backgrounds find graduate employment in engineering, and Extreme E have collaborated closely on this programme throughout its development. 

In addition, EqualEngineers has started a programme called Edinburgh & South East Scotland Pathways with the goal of eradicating inequities in the area and mentoring the next generation of engineers.

Mark McBride-Wright, Founder and CEO, said: “We had a brilliant time attending our first Extreme E event, in my sunny homeland of Scotland! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the teams around the paddock and seeing all the engineering which goes into the race.

“We ran a brilliant professional skills and media training session with the Racing For All candidates, and I plan to keep connected for seeing what opportunities we can support through EqualEngineers longer term.”

Watch this space for additional perspectives from Extreme E’s Racing for All candidates, as well as the priceless experience they have gained working on the initiative and throughout the competition.

Also read: Extreme E off course performance in Scotland


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