In a move that further expands its motorsport program alongside Formula 1 and IndyCar, the Woking outfit will contest the all-electric SUV championship for its second-year season next year.
Extreme E launched its inaugural campaign this year with teams and drivers competing in locations around the world in an effort to raise awareness of climate change and environmental issues.
The decision to enter Extreme E follows a detailed evaluation of the McLaren series, which was influenced by the company’s own sustainability drive.
McLaren insists its F1 program remains “firmly at the center” of its focus along with its holdings in IndyCar and Esports.
McLaren’s Extreme E-team is operated by McLaren Racing using existing staff outside of its F1 program, and it has not yet been determined which driver pairing there is.
“From the moment Extreme E was announced, we’ve been following the progress of the series closely,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
“Our attention was immediately drawn to the innovative format of this motorsport platform, in particular the ability it gives us to accelerate and increase our own overall sustainability agenda that shares the same priorities as decarbonisation, waste reduction, diversity and equality.
“McLaren has always been at the forefront from the start and never afraid to push new boundaries. This new venture is true to our roots by participating in a variety of categories, innovation and courage.
“Extreme E is paving new ground in motorsport as a force to be reckoned with to face some of the greatest challenges facing our world today and in the future.
“While Formula 1 will always remain at the center of our world, like INDYCAR and esports, our access to Extreme E is additive to the McLaren Racing franchise and will complement and help support all of our programs.
“We want to compete against big names that we are very familiar with from F1 and INDYCAR, but like all series we compete in, the competition goal is clear: we are there to win.”
Extreme E-boss Alejandro Agag added: “Having McLaren on board, which symbolizes the highest level of racing and car innovation, is a huge endorsement that what we have delivered in our first two races in season 1 has already created real influence on motorsport.
“We are very excited to welcome Zak and the power plant McLaren Racing team to Extreme E, and it’s safe to say we can’t wait to see how the team performs in its first off-road, electric racing debut.”
In January, McLaren confirmed that they had signed an agreement with Formula E allowing it to take part in the Gen3 era, which begins in 2022, although it has not yet been announced whether it intends to enter.
It is also interested in a potential future entry to the World Endurance Championship.