The Chip Ganassi Racing team will run Hummer EV bodywork and graphics on its cars as part of a new promotional deal with GMC.
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The 2022 GMC Hummer EV will compete in the upcoming Extreme E electric off-road championship... with a catch.

The FIA-sanctioned series is actually a one-make championship, meaning, much like NASCAR, every car is identical under the skin.

However, the USA-based Chip Ganassi Racing Team will run its cars with Hummer EV-themed graphics and bodywork, as part of a new promotional deal with GMC.

“I can’t think of a better fit than showcasing the look of GMC’s Hummer EV in Extreme E with Chip Ganassi Racing,” said General Motors Vice President of Performance and Motorsports, Jim Campbell.

“Both GMC Hummer EV and the Extreme E series are designed to be revolutionary – to challenge perceptions of electric vehicles and to showcase their true capability,” he added.

The stock vehicle used in the championship – known as the Spark Odyssey 21 (above) – produces 400kW from its dual electric motors, and can reportedly accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds.

This means the racing variant of the Hummer EV will actually be significantly slower than the production truck (pictured at bottom) which, in top spec form, produces a mammoth 735kW and covers the 0-100km/h sprint in three seconds flat.

American racing drivers Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc will pilot the Hummer-liveried off-road racer for the Chip Ganassi team.

Other notable drivers slated to compete in the upcoming championship include rally legends Sébastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz Sr, 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, and 2016 Australian Rally Championship winner Molly Taylor.

Formula One World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will run their own teams.

Barring schedule changes resulting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the first season will comprise races in Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Greenland, Brazil, and Argentina.