McLaren have announced Emma Gilmour will become the team's first female driver when she races for the manufacturer in the Extreme E in 2022.

The news was confirmed during the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow where the British-based team were taking part in a media engagement with the Prince of Wales.

Next year will be McLaren's first venture into Extreme E, which raises awareness of the impact of climate change at each race location and has a legacy programme which aims to engage fans around the world to take climate action.

"I'm incredibly honoured to be McLaren Racing's first female driver," Gilmour said before she referenced her New Zealand compatriot Bruce McLaren, who founded McLaren.

"Growing up in New Zealand, Bruce McLaren and McLaren Racing are seen as the pinnacles of motor sport. To be competing in Extreme E next year with McLaren is a special opportunity."

McLaren chief executive Zak Brown was pleased to welcome Gilmour to the team, saying: "We're proud to join His Royal Highness to announce Emma Gilmour as the first-ever female driver for McLaren Racing.

"Emma completes our exciting and competitive driver line-up alongside Tanner Foust for our first season of Extreme E. She's a race winner and has proven herself this year in Extreme E alongside a vast background in competitive off-roading in multiple racing series across the globe.

"It's fitting that our first female driver originates from New Zealand, where our founder Bruce McLaren was from."