Lewis Hamilton to compete against British music legend

Lewis Hamilton's X44 Vida Carbon Racing are the defending Champions of the all-electric off-road series Extreme E.

Former Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are set to compete against British DJ Carl Cox, who has announced that he’s entering a team into the all-electric Extreme E series.

Both Hamilton and Rosberg already have teams in the championship, with Hamilton’s outfit actually being the reigning Champions.

2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button also has a team in the series, which tries to highlight environmental problems across the globe.

With that in mind, Cox announced on Wednesday that he’d be entering a team into the championship’s third season, with his side set to compete under the Carl Cox Motorsport brand.

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Cox started the brand in 2013, and is a keen motorsport enthusiast, who’s side “are in it to win it”.

“I’m here to make a difference,” Cox said.

“To have the opportunity to be part of something so dynamic on four wheels is a dream come true. Racing, like music, is in my blood and I’m going to bring my passion and energy into this series and build something special.

“Participating in electric racing is new to me but I’m a fast learner and will bring my hard earned know how and experience into the mix at Extreme E. Carl Cox Motorsports is here to take on all comers and we are going to jump straight in. We are in it to win it.”

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The team are already making excellent progress towards their debut in the series and have appointed Alon Shulman as team director, with Shulman hailing Cox as “an exceptional human being”.

“We will be actively supporting the host territories Extreme E environmental projects,” said Shulman.

“My role is to make sure that our team is a 365 operation, not just focused on the race weekends, and to maximise the opportunity that we’ve been presented with.

“Underpinning everything of course is team boss Carl Cox. He is an exceptional human being who will be fully hands on with sleeves rolled up ensuring that we deliver over and above at all times, on and off the track.”

The third season of Extreme E is set to get underway in Saudi Arabia in March, where Cox will be hopeful that his side can start the campaign with a positive result.

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Extreme E chief executive Alejandro Agag is looking forward to seeing the “journey” that Cox’s team are about to embark on, with Agag being “incredibly excited” to have them join the off-road championship.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Carl and his Carl Cox Motorsport Extreme E team to the championship,” he said.

“We all know Carl for the superstar he is, but beyond his talents in music it is clear his passion for motorsport runs deep. We can’t wait to work with him and his team as we help them on their journey into sustainable racing.”