Debuting at Lydden Hill in June, the series brings together the fastest off-road EVs with the wildest tracks in rallycross to create a revolutionary new racing format. Button will partner team owner/driver Oli Bennett, with the pair taking to the track in a brace of myenergi-branded FC1-X all-electric race cars.
Capable of hitting an impressive 0-60mph in just 1.4 seconds, the 1,070bhp FC1-X is truly redefining EV capability. Boasting the most power of any car in rallycross, it’s perfectly primed to take on the huge jumps of Nitro RX and demonstrates the game-changing potential of electrification.
Jordan Brompton, co-founder and CMO of myenergi, commented: “It’s a privilege to welcome Jenson to the XITE Energy Racing fold for this year’s Nitro RX season. Through our sponsorship of the team, we’re looking to establish a revolutionary new racing format and bring the excitement of off-road EV motorsport to the global stage.
“Over the past 12 months, we’ve built a strong relationship with Oli and the XITE Energy team, taking electric racing and our passion for the planet to the masses. Our two brands go hand-in-hand as innovative, forward-thinking businesses looking to drive the future of sustainability.”
“I want to go racing,” added Jenson. “I love racing, I love competing and I want to have fun. I’m looking forward to racing Nitro RX with XITE Energy – a team which has great experience of not just rallycross but also racing electric vehicles.
“Rallycross is night and day different to Formula 1 and that’s why I love it. I left F1 after 17 years because I wanted to try something new. I’m all about new challenges. I’m a racing driver, not a Formula 1 driver, so new challenges are what I’m all about. I felt I achieved what I needed to in Formula 1 so it’s nice to try different things.”
Oli Bennett, owner/driver at XITE Energy Racing, concluded: “We’re a British team taking on the world. There’s no bigger or better driver to represent the team and what the team stands for than Jenson. We’re hugely excited about what’s to come.
“As well as the circuit experience he brings, one of the things you notice immediately is the level of professionalism. You don’t become a Formula 1 World Champion without knowing how to get the best out of the car, the engineers, the team and everybody around you. I feel, as an organisation, we’ve already benefitted hugely from having him with us.”
The XITE Energy Racing powered by myenergi team will begin their test programme with the FC1-X in the coming weeks.
About XITE ENERGY
XITE ENERGY was founded by Oliver Bennett and Megan Jones straight out of university two years ago. XITE brings disruptive innovation within the beverage industry; a new frontier to energy drinks. Designed around functionality but with no limitations on health, XITE ENERGY uses functional ingredients that are fused together to provide a cognitive boost, combining natural flavours, natural caffeine and zero sugar.
Head to https://xiteyourmind.com for more information.
About Nitro RX
Launched in 2018 by motorsports icon Travis Pastrana and the innovators of Nitro Circus, Nitro Rallycross has revolutionized motorsport. With innovative purpose-built courses, banked turns inspired by the wide-open action of Supercross and short-form, head-to-head competition, Nitro RX creates high-impact, thrill-packed racing. NRX’s custom-built permanent tracks – featuring the biggest jumps seen in motorsports – create unrivalled racing excitement. The full-throttle competition is now set to go global, as Nitro RX expands into a full standalone championship series. In addition to traditional Supercars, the 2022 season will see Nitro Rallycross competition featuring the most powerful rallycross car ever built, the all-new FC1-X.
For more information, visit NitroRallycross.com