Climate supporting Prince William gives Banbury's Prodrive 'Extreme E' electric racing car a test drive

Banbury racing outfit Prodrive has given Prince William a thrilling experience - and encouraging hope for our climate - in one of the company's new Extreme electric racing cars.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 3:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 3:04 pm
Prince William gets to know his Prodrive Extreme E car with guidance from performance engineer, George Imafidon

HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, tested the all-electric Extreme E car on the rallycross course at Knockhill Circuit in Scotland last week.

Prodrive engineers, including George Imafidon, who run Lewis Hamilton's X44 Team in the Extreme E championship, were brought in to run the car

Prince William's test drive came as part of a tour of the country ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.

The Duke of Cambridge checks out the engineering that goes into the Prodrive Extreme E racing car

The Extreme E series not only features battery-electric vehicles but also visits areas of the world experiencing climate emergencies including desertification, rising sea levels and plastic pollution, to help shine a light on the issues.

Prince William said of his run: “I clipped the chicane at the end. Just touched the end of it.”

Prodrive performance engineer, George Imafidon, who is also a commissioner of the Hamilton Commission, said: “It was an honour to be at the event today and to meet His Royal Highness Prince William.

"As a recent engineering graduate myself, it’s incredible to see how the motorsport world is responding to the climate crisis, something my generation in particular cares deeply about. To have His Royal Highness here today just shows the ambition of Extreme E in making a positive difference to the planet, and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it through my team, X44.”

Prince William was named driver on his Prodrive Extreme E test car last week
Prince William puts the Extreme E racing car through its paces in Scotland