The Arctic sits at the top of the world, a deep ocean covered by drifting pack ice, surrounded by frozen continents and archipelagos. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the entire region is just snow and ice. In fact, the location of the first-ever motorsport race in Greenland highlights this poignant issue. The first stage of the Extreme E race series will take place on the edge of the Russell Glacier, on terrain that just a few years ago was still covered in a slowly receding ice mass. Today, driving conditions in this location are determined by rocks, sand and gravel, as climate change slowly melts away what once was perpetual ice. The harsh terrain will present a challenge to the drivers, their cars and their tires in particular. The main difficulty faced by the high-performance electric vehicles will include maintaining grip and traction on unreliable surfaces while travelling at top speeds.
On the upside, the teams could have as many as 24 hours of daylight on the longest days of the year. Here are some of the driving challenges that transcend sunlight, which the Extreme E contestants will face in Greenland.