Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky has completed the JBXE team line up, having confirmed she will join team founder and driver, Jenson Button for the inaugural season of the Extreme E championship.
Åhlin-Kottulinsky played a central part to Extreme E partner Continental’s development of the CrossContact tyre, which has been designed for the championship, as test driver.
Swedish driver Ahlin-Kottulinsky has competed in motorsport across Germany and Scandinavia having competed in rallycross, the Scirocco R-Cup Germany and the junior class of the ADAC GT Masters back in 2016. In 2018 she made history by becoming the first and only woman to win races in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship in 2018.
“I am delighted to be joining the JBXE team alongside Jenson Button, it feels like a dream come true,” said Åhlin-Kottulinsky. “Not only do I get to race with such a fantastic team mate, 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.”
She continued: “If we can make this racing series exciting, innovative and interesting to follow, the willingness to make big and small changes will grow – for the benefit of our world and everyone on the planet.”
Mikaela will join 2009 Formula 1 Champion Button, at the team. He explained that he is looking forward to racing alongside the Swedish racer in the ODYSSEY 21. He said: “She brings with her some fantastic experience behind the wheel and her work with Continental and Extreme E to this point clearly demonstrates what an asset she will be to the team.
“In Mikaela I also have no doubt we have an incredibly valuable ambassador to represent JBXE, and Extreme E as a whole, in the fight to raise awareness of climate change and to help implement the Extreme E Legacy Programme projects along the way.”