The new McLaren Extreme E team will be headed up by world rallycross star Tanner Foust when it makes its debut in the all-electric SUV off-roading championship next year.
A four-time and current US rallycross champion, Foust also has four X Games gold medals and two Formula Drift championships under his belt. As well as being a professional stunt driver, he is perhaps best known internationally as a host on the US version of Top Gear.
“We are thrilled that Tanner has joined the McLaren Racing family of drivers,” commented CEO Zak Brown. “He is a top-class off-road competitor with a wealth of experience and a winning record.
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“Alongside his driving prowess he’s a fantastic personality, who will help us connect with new fans around the world and bring the purpose and important messages of Extreme E to the fore.
“We’re looking forward to announcing Tanner’s team-mate and our first female McLaren driver to complete our exciting line-up,” Brown added.
“To be able to race for McLaren is every driver’s dream,” said the 48-year-old from Los Angeles, California.
“The opportunity to compete for the team in this innovative and imaginative racing series makes it even more special,” he continued.
“The [Extreme E] concept is unique and the challenge compelling. It will enable me to draw on all my experience and skills, while being part of a positive cause addressing key issues for our planet and society.”