TikTok is partnering with the brand new off-road racing series, Extreme E, to showcase the capabilities of electric SUVs, which are set to race in some of the world’s most remote and challenging environments, starting April 3rd.
As sports fans from around the world crave the action, excitement and affinity of live sporting events during this unprecedented time, TikTok and Extreme E are bringing the off-road racing experience to the TikTok community whilst shedding light on the impact of climate change and providing a gender-equal platform. In a world-first for motorsport, the teams will include a male and female driver providing a level playing field for competitors.
As part of the collaboration, Extreme E will create bespoke behind the scenes video content from the racing locations, showcase highlights from the races, and will produce exclusive live streaming content to drive awareness on climate change and other initiatives, providing fans with a unique way to experience racing content on TikTok. British racing icon and Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button will also take part in a special hashtag challenge in the coming weeks.
Bringing Extreme E to life on TikTok
Fans can access the content from the official @extremeelive TikTok account and from the dedicated banners in TikTok’s Discover page. The season will kick-off on April 3rd in AlUla, Saudi Arabia and end on December 12th in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina also passing by Senegal, Greenland, and Brazil.
Yannis Ioannidis, Senior Manager, Global Business Development at TikTok said: “We are really excited to kick-off our partnership with Extreme E, a first-of-kind motor racing championship committed to sustainability and gender equality, values that matter deeply for TikTok. In a year where most of us are still stuck at home, Extreme E will showcase spectacular sports, technology, and travel content from remote corners of the planet to TikTok’s diverse community that is always looking for new ways to keep entertained and interact.”
Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer, Extreme E: “Extreme E’s goal is to be the youngest, most dynamic racing series on the planet, so we are delighted to be joining forces with TikTok, the leading short- form video platform. Our sport for purpose platform, which highlights electrification, environment, and equality, will provide thrilling action whilst also raising awareness of global climate change issues, the solutions and the actions we can all be part of.”
Extreme E will also work with Little Dot Studios, its award-winning digital content agency and media network, which is assembling a dedicated team to create the content for the partnership.
Director of Sport at Little Dot Studios, Robbie Spargo, said: "Extreme E perfectly echoes Little Dot Studios' vision to be a sustainable company at the forefront of sports and entertainment, so we're delighted to continue our work together and can't wait for the first race. Little Dot already generates six billion organic views each month for our partners, reaching young audiences across social video platforms, and to add another partnership with TikTok just serves to further grow our excitement about the vertical video space."
Gearing up for the Extreme E racing calendar
Nine teams will race and the top four will advance to Semi-Final 1 with the remaining five going through to Semi-Final 2 – the Crazy Race. The three teams topping the leaderboard in Semi-Final 1 and the first and second placed in the Crazy Race will progress to the Final One team will be crowned the X Prix winner if they meet the fastest combination in the two-day battle.
TikTok users in the UK and beyond can access Extreme E content through the official handle @extremeelive and through TikTok's Discover page in participating regions. The full schedule for season one is:
- 3 – 4 April 2021: Desert X Prix: AlUla, Saudi Arabia
- 29-30 May 2021: Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal
- 28-29 August 2021: Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
- 23-24 October: Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil
- 11-12 December 2021: Glacier X Prix: Tierra del Fuego, Argentina