• On Monday 29 March, Mahindra Racing will release the first of four episodes of mini-series The Switch on YouTube
• A job swap between four elite athletes; two world championship racing drivers and two world class dancers – all of whom know what it takes to compete at the top
• In a thrilling series of challenges, watch Mahindra Racing drivers Alex Lynn and Alexander Sims join forces and compete with Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Hauer and professional dancer Katie Priest
• Do these fierce four have what it takes to make The Switch?
• Tune in to the YouTube Premiere of Episode 1 of The Switch at 6pm GMT on Monday 29 March here

26 March 2021, Banbury, UK – Mahindra Racing, based in Banbury, UK, is set to release an exciting four-episode original mini-series on YouTube. The series, entitled ‘The Switch’, launches on Monday 29 March and sees four world class athletes switch job roles and compete in several tough and entertaining challenges for the title of ‘The Switch’ Champions. Mahindra Racing drivers Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn compete in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, placing them in the upper echelons of the world’s motorsport scene, whilst Karen Hauer and Katie Priest are widely regarded as amongst the world’s best and most respected professional dancing talent.

The series sees the two drivers attempt to master the world of dance, whilst the dancers are transformed into racing drivers. Episode 1 – ‘Simulator Wars’ – to be released this coming Monday, begins with the four athletes being split into pairs and tackling the first challenge at the Mahindra Racing factory. This instalment also gives viewers 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?

Karen Hauer is best known in the UK as a professional dancer on BBC flagship show Strictly Come Dancing, is the show’s longest standing female professional having just been confirmed for her tenth series, and is a World Mambo Champion. Katie began her career at the age of 8 appearing in the UK tour of ‘That’ll Be The Day’ then went on to compete in Latin and Ballroom competitions across the UK. She has performed in 26 Motion Pictures in Bollywood and is regularly seen on dance tours and TV shows.

Watch Episode 1 of ‘The Switch’ on the Mahindra Racing YouTube channel from 6pm GMT / 10.30pm IST on Monday 29 March, with an episode dropping weekly for four 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.

“We are extremely excited to be releasing ‘The Switch’ mini-series featuring our drivers Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn. Karen Hauer was already a friend of the team, having been our guest at the New York race in 2019, and we’re delighted that she has joined us once again, this time to teach our boys some off the track skills. We’re also thrilled to welcome Katie Priest to the Mahindra family! In a first for Formula E, two top tier drivers will attempt an ambitious job-swap, joining forces with two incredible world-class dancing talent. I am certain the series will be a hit among fans of both the racing and dancing worlds. Enjoy!”


“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!”

Karen Hauer

“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!”

Katie Priest

“I was fully out of my comfort zone switching jobs and I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for! I wanted to give it my all and we’re competitive people, so you want to show your best. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed finding out about the similarities in focus and technique that are required across the two disciplines. It was a very different experience that I really enjoyed and it’ll be interesting to see if the viewers think I have what it takes to carry on in my new skill!”

Alex Lynn

“It was really good fun and actually very interesting to swap roles and experience a completely different activity. 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!”

Alexander Sims