The team behind the #AUXE team: Jaap Vlijm

Next to be featured in our series “The team behind the #AUXE team” is our resident Dutchman and team mechanic, Jaap Vlijm.  Born in Ermelo in the Netherlands, 42-year-old Jaap is an extraordinarily hard worker and a key member of Andretti United Extreme E.

Here’s what Jaap had to tell us in our Q&A…

  1. What’s your job role with #AUXE and tell us a bit about what that involves?

“I’m one of the team mechanics responsible for keeping the car in excellent technical and aesthetic condition.”

  1. What do you enjoy most about your job and Extreme E?

“It’s something totally different in so many ways: technically, the format... the places we go for example. We’ve had two races so far in Saudi and Senegal and both were so different from each other!”

  1. How long have you worked in motorsport and how did you get into the industry?

“I started in 2007, after a career as a fireman. I won a competition to join a A1GP team for a season and never left motorsport!”

  1. Who’s your motorsport hero?

“Dave Stubbs, my team manager at A1GP - he hired me even though I had no experience or a lot of knowledge of motorsport.”

  1. Which country would you most like to visit with Extreme E (doesn’t have to be on the calendar!)?

“Japan. That country has been on “to visit” list for years – go and make it happen XE!”

  1. What’s your favourite chocolate bar?!

“Milk chocolate and nuts!”

  1. Last book read?

“It was Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. Great space opera writer who sadly passed away too soon.”

  1. What’s your favourite movie?

“There’s too many in too many categories… I’ll go for Star Wars, a New Hope.”

  1. First album purchased

“First album I ever bought was: SNAP, The madmans return. Oh, the good old days 😊”

  1. Finally, do you have any secret talents?

“I’m a half decent cook!”

Jaap Vlijm Landscape
Jaap Vlijm Landscape