EXTREME E will be coming to Bovington Camp in Dorset for the season-ending climax to its inaugural year of racing.

The Dorset race fills in for the Argentinian leg of the championship, cancelled due to the pandemic, on December 18-19.

Bovington is a well-known Army military base and sits just off the Jurassic coastline, leading to the venue's Jurassic X-Prix title.

Racing will bypass the famous Tank Museum, also based in Bovington.

The electric off-road racing series features nine teams, three of which are owned by Formula 1 stars Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg's RXR team currently leads the standings from Hamilton's X44 crew.

Jenson Button, JBXE team principal said: “It is brilliant news that Extreme E's Season finale will be held in the UK.

"I’ve been lucky enough to race on UK soil a number of times throughout my career and those memories will always be incredibly special to me.

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“Heading off-road at Bovington will be a totally different experience but equally as special.”

Rounds in Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Greenland and Italy will have taken place before the Dorset race.

Extreme E is working closely with the British Ministry of Defence and Army, which has recently revealed its climate change and sustainability strategy.

The strategy combines the mitigation of environmental impact whilst maintaining military output.

It aims to do this by reducing emissions and scaling up the transition to renewables, thus contributing to the UK’s aim to be net zero by 2050.

Efforts have started already with the Army piloting electric armoured vehicles and carbon efficient accommodation.

Alejandro Agag, Extreme E Founder and CEO, said: “I’m very excited by this race location – our first event on UK soil. This move is a poignant shift in our mission to race in remote, far-away places to highlight the effects of climate change.

“The world needs to move forward when it comes to the combustion engine and many other practices, and what better way to symbolise that than with a Jurassic themed X Prix.

"Unless we push forward with climate and sustainability action, certain species risk becoming extinct, and that is something we simply cannot ignore any longer.”

Jamie Chadwick, one of the best drivers in women's racing, competes for Veloce Racing.

She added: It’s really exciting to see Extreme E coming to the UK for the final race of the year.

"The first season has been incredible in so many ways and to cap it off in Dorset is going to be really important for the British drivers and teams. 

“The first race in Saudi Arabia was so different to anything any of us had experienced before and then we followed it up with an equally spectacular setting in Senegal. 

“As a London-based team, Veloce Racing is going to be putting its all into Jurassic X Prix.

"A home race is special for any motorsport squad but as such a young team in such an innovative series, this one is going to be extra special.”

Hugh Chambers, CEO of Motorsport UK, added: “We are thrilled that Extreme E’s global voyage will be making its way to UK shores for the 2021 season finale - the Jurassic X Prix, to be staged against the backdrop of the spectacular Dorset coastline.

“We look forward to seeing the first Extreme E champion crowned on UK soil in December.”

Oliver Bennett, XITE ENERGY RACING, said: “I’m so excited to see an Extreme E race come to my home nation in the south of England near the Jurassic coast.

“It’s going to be a tricky environment to drive in.”