Zenith Extreme E Race on time in Dakar at Ocean X Prix
After a blazing start in April on the dunes of AlUla, Saudi Arabia, the second race in the first season of Extreme E went on full-throttle in Dakar, Senegal
Zenith is on board as Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner of Extreme E, the new off-road electric racing championship that highlights remote environments under threat of climate change and pollution. The pioneering electric SUV off-road racing series took to the beaches of Dakar for the second race of the new championship’s debut series, dubbed the Ocean X Prix.
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After a promising qualifying run on Saturday, the teams gave it their all for a dramatic and exciting race on Sunday. Riding high from their pole position at Desert X Prix in AlUla, Rosberg X Racing’s Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson ended the race with their team in the top spot. Zenith CEO Julien Tornare had the pleasure of presenting Veloce team drivers Jamie Chadwick and Stéphane Sarrazin with the trophy for second place after a formidable comeback performance. Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle LeDuc took home the Super Sector title for the fastest lap earning an extra five points for his team.
Zenith Moment in Time Prize – Recognizing Exceptional
Performance Alongside the main podium prizes, Zenith gave out the first Zenith Moment in Time award for spectacular performance on the previous race in AlUla, with Extreme E fans also able to vote for the winner on social media. Catie Munnings received a DEFY Midnight for her spectacular performance, courage and ingenuity during the Desert X Prix; a watch that symbolizes the modern, confident and inspiring woman that blazes her own path against all adversity.
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“We are so happy to award the first Zenith Moment in Time prize to Catie Munnings,"exclaimed Zenith CEO Julien Tornare. "She has demonstrated raw talent and honed skills during the last Extreme E race in Saudi Arabia, leading her team to great results despite having taken over a car with only three operating wheels. We could not be more thrilled to give this award to Catie.”
Racing for Lasting Change – The Extreme E Legacy Program
In line with the Manufacture’s “Zenith is Green” program of environmental consciousness and creating a cleaner, sustainable future wherever possible, Extreme E’s own Legacy Program aims to bring awareness and new initiatives to the areas where races are held. As each race takes place in a different environment, the Legacy Program adapts its actions to each. Mangroves are one of the richest ecosystems in the world, providing essential goods and services and playing an important role in the life of coastal communities in countries like Senegal.
The Extreme E Legacy Program ©Zenith
They reduce flooding and erosion from storms, act as nurseries for fish and filter salt and pollutants from water. Extreme E has partnered with NGO, Oceanium, to plant one million mangrove trees in Senegal. In addition, Extreme E will support the EcoZone Project, a living lab that addresses the Lac Rose community’s primary needs while preserving the environment through experiential learning, regenerative agriculture and a circular economy. Another initiative Extreme E supports is the EcoBrique project – an innovative scheme that that transforms plastic waste into multi-purpose bricks. The programme brings the community together to create buildings that it can all benefit from whilst addressing the issue of plastic waste.
DEFY Extreme – Built for the Elements
When racing on untouched terrains through extreme conditions in innovative all-electric vehicles, a suitably ingenious and robust watch can make all the difference. The DEFY Extreme 1/100th of a second chronograph is Zenith’s most rugged and high-performance chronograph to date, giving its groundbreaking high-frequency movement a vessel capable of taking on whatever comes its way. With adaptability in mind, the DEFY Extreme comes with a metal bracelet as well as rubber and Velcro straps that can be instantly swapped using the quick-change mechanism on the back of the watch’s case.