Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky will partner Jenson Button in the JBXE team’s assault on the inaugural Extreme E electric off-road series series.
Ahlin-Kottulinsky comes to the series from the Scirocco R-Cup Germany and from rallycross, and is no stranger to Extreme E: As a test driver for championship founding partner Continental, she has played a pivotal role in developing the CrossContact Extreme E tire fitted to all the ODYSSEY 21 electric SUVs used in the series.
In 2015, the Swedish driver took part in the newly established Audi Sport TT Cup, moving on to the ADAC GT Masters junior classification in 2016 and the Audi Sport Racing Academy in 2017, before switching to the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship in 2018, where she made history as the first (and so far only) woman to win races in that series.
“I am delighted to be joining the JBXE team alongside Jenson Button,” said Ahlin-Kottulinsky. “It feels like a dream come true. Not only do I get to race with such a fantastic teammate, but we both really believe in the platform of the series. Extreme E is more than just another motorsport; it is a sport for purpose which we can use to showcase electric vehicles and motivate people to rethink their views on the consequences of climate change.
“I am delighted to have Mikaela as my teammate,” Button added. “She brings fantastic experience behind the wheel, and her work with Continental and Extreme E to this point clearly demonstrate what an asset she will be to the team.
“Ahlin-Kottulinsky’s work with Continental has been integral to helping create the championship tyre,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E. “While she is the latest to join the party, I’m sure that her previous knowledge and her early experience in the car will help her get stuck in quickly.
“Mikaela and Jenson are certainly going to make a strong driver pairing,” Agag continued, “and I can’t wait to see them racing in just 22 days at our first X Prix in Saudi Arabia.”
Ahlin-Kottulinsky joins a stellar line-up of drivers from a wide range of motorsport disciplines, including the likes of Jamie Chadwick, Timmy Hansen, Sebastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz Sr. and Molly Taylor. All are set to compete on the deserts of AlUla in Saudi Arabia from April 3-4, across what promises to be two days of thrilling racing in a format likened to ‘Star Wars pod racing meets Dakar.’
Extreme E isn’t just about racing, though; it is a sport for purpose, and through sport the series is highlighting the varying environmental issues affecting the planet and the biggest emergency of our time – climate change. In addition to raising awareness, the series will also support Legacy Programs in each of its five 2021 race locations, leaving a long-lasting positive impact.