In this month’s Famous Last Words Podcast with journalist Paul Gover, we talk a little about Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor being a part of the Nico Rosberg Extreme E Racing Team (Rosberg Xtreme Racing) in 2021, which I think is very exciting.
Extreme E Racing was formed in 2018 and is an FIA sanctioned international off-road racing series that uses specifically designed electric SUV’s to race in remote parts of the world, such as the Arctic and Amazon Rain Forest, where all the racing locations are chosen to raise awareness for some aspects of climate change and this year (2021) will be the first season.
Although Molly is very well known in Australia, it’s great to see her getting international recognition:
Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder at Extreme E said, “I’m delighted Molly has been snapped up by Rosberg Xtreme Racing. As a member of the Extreme E Drivers’ Programme it is great to see her secure a seat for the first season”.
Rosberg Xtreme Racing Founder and CEO Nico Rosberg said, “To welcome a driver of Molly’s talent is extremely exciting for RXR. Her experience and success in off-road racing speaks for itself, however Molly’s determination to be proactive in addressing climate change, and support our mission to promote and implement equality are also key factors in Molly joining the team.”
Kimmo Liitmatainen, Team Principal of Rosberg Xtreme Racing said, “Molly is one of the best rally drivers in the world and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team. Molly’s track record is a result of her speed and ability to develop a winning car, something that will be more important than ever in Extreme E. Her success and experience are matched by a willingness to work as a team to ensure that we make the best possible start to our new adventure.”
And Molly’s thoughts:
Molly Taylor said, “It feels amazing to be joining Rosberg Xtreme Racing and Extreme E on this new adventure. I’m so excited to be able to compete on the international stage again, and to be part of a completely new team and series makes it even more special.”
“Alongside fighting climate change, I’m excited to work together as a team and series to promote equality. One part of motorsport I’ve always admired is that once the helmet goes on, your gender becomes irrelevant and the stopwatch has no bias. There’s still a lot of work to do to improve the diversity in our industry, but the work RXR and Extreme E are doing will provide new opportunities to reshape the image of our sport in the eyes of young fans, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.”
You can get more information on Extreme E Racing from their website: https://www.extreme-e.com
Molly was our first Famous Last Words Podcast in August 2019, and it was great to see an ABC 7:30 Report story late last year based around herself and her mother, Coral Taylor, two of Australia’s most successful female motorsport competitors who (combined) have won five national rally championships between them.