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29 Mar 2021

Sims makes ‘The Switch’ to dance in Mahindra competition

Mahindra Racing has launched the first of four episodes of YouTube mini-series The Switch, which sees Alexander Sims and his team-mate Alex Lynn job swap with Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Hauer and professional dancer Katie Priest.

The world-class athletes switch job roles and compete in several tough and entertaining challenges for the title of ‘The Switch’ Champions. Sims and Lynn attempt to master the world of dance, whilst Hauer and Priest are transformed into racing drivers.

Episode 1 – ‘Simulator Wars’ – is available to watch now, here and on the Mahindra Racing YouTube channel.

It begins with the four athletes being split into pairs and tackling the first challenge at the Mahindra Racing factory, and also gives an exclusive insight into the lives of both the drivers and dancers, with a candid discussion shared between the pairings. Can these world class competitors succeed in TV’s most electrifying job-swap?

“It was really good fun and actually very interesting to swap roles and experience a completely different activity,” said Sims.  “The whole team of people made it into a very cool event which only pushed me to be a better racing driver as I still haven’t found an alternative career!”

Karen Hauer said: “I didn’t even hesitate when I heard about this idea; I jumped on it right away! I thought it was cool teaching someone to dance and then me learning their skill, it really appealed – this was something that was completely different and obviously out of my comfort zone. Not a lot of people get to drive a Formula E car and be coached by the best. I’m a little bit of a daredevil and I love to learn new things. You’ll have to watch to see how I got on!”

Katie Priest added: “The most EPIC experience! To be able to see how much skill and determination goes into being a Formula E driver has been so inspiring. I’ve never felt nerves nor adrenaline like it, and also never had so much fun! I’ve been fortunate to experience some real pinch me moments so far in my life, and this definitely is the cherry on the cake!”

Episode 1 of ‘The Switch’ is now available to watch here and on the Mahindra Racing YouTube channel, with episodes dropping on Mondays at 6pm GMT / 10.30pm IST for the next three weeks.

Follow @MahindraRacing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for extra exclusive content, photos and behind the scenes of this one-of-a-kind entertainment series.

About Alexander Sims

The 34-year-old Londoner has been involved in Formula E since the series’ inception in 2014, initially testing cars before securing a race seat in Season 5 with BMW i Andretti Motorsport. Highlights in his first season included a pole position and second place finish in New York. Alexander had an impressive start to his second season, taking pole positions for both races of the opening round in Saudi Arabia and taking his maiden win in race two. It also made him the first driver to take three consecutive pole positions in Formula E.

Alexander currently races for Mahindra Racing.

Alongside his Formula E racing activities, Sims is a passionate advocate for sustainability and electric mobility on the road, having owned and driven EVs since 2012 and aims to incorporate sustainable choices into his daily lifestyle.

|Driver: Alexander Sims|Team: Mahindra Racing|Number: 29|Car: Mahindra M7Electro|Car: Spark SRT05e|
|Photographer: Lou Johnson|Event: Preseason Testing|Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo|Location: Valencia|Series: FIA Formula E|Season: 2021-2022|Country: Spain|Keyword: season 8|Keyword: season eight|Keyword: S8|Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: electric racing|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: 2021|