The world motorsport team McLaren has announced New Zealander Emma Gilmour as their first female racer.
Gilmore has been selected as the team’s rally driver and is set to compete in the new electric Extreme E off-road series next year.
The announcement was made during the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow last week.
McLaren are Formula One’s second most successful team after Ferrari, making their debut in Monaco in 1966 with their founder at the wheel.
The electric series, which uses identical SUVs, aims to raise awareness about climate change and promote sustainability by racing in remote and harsh environments already suffering damage.
Gilmour, who has been a reserve for the Veloce team this season, will partner American rallycross and stunt driver Tanner Foust in the McLaren lineup.