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Raising Climate Change Awareness through Motor Racing with Catie Munnings, Andretti United Extreme E Racing Driver

Season 2, Ep. 39

A few years back it could have been hard to think of racing alongside environmental sustainability! This is a sport that we mostly associate with the ‘Vroom!’ sound, extreme speeds, handbrake turns, drifting, among others. But times have changed. We now recognize that the climate change problem won’t be wished away. It’ll require efforts from all corners to raise awareness, develop cleaner energy solutions, and promote sustainable living. While the journey ahead is still very long, some significant steps are being made in promoting environmental conservation and reducing carbon emissions in the motor vehicle industry. We now have more electric cars on the roads than ever before and a lot of investments are being directed towards designing vehicles with lower carbon emissions.


In this episode, part 1 of 2 episodes that are part of the Women Driving the Future series, Ed Bernardon interviews Catie Munnings, a British rally driver currently participating in the Extreme E racing series for the Andretti United team. Today we’ll learn about how Extreme E in partnership with Count Us In is raising awareness about climate change by racing in some of the most extreme locations in the world. We’ll understand what this unique competition involves, the locations they’ve competed in, and the impact they’ve had so far.


Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is Extreme E racing and what are its goals? (1:43)
  • Is Extreme E having an impact on the general audience? (9:19)
  • How does racing in extreme locations work? (15:37)
  • How do you prepare to travel for the races in extreme locations? (20:10)
  • What is it like to be a TV show host? (35:20)


What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How Extreme E combined environmental awareness and racing (6:35)
  • How Count Us In raises funds to protect the environment (10:11)
  • How Extreme E champions gender diversity in its races (11:04)
  • What is a handbrake turn (25:32)
  • What Katie’s amazing machines TV show involves (31:55)
  • How a rally driver prepares for a race (36:14)


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