WIth majority Nissan shareholder, Renault leaving to focus on Formula 1, Nissan will become the first Japanese manufacturer to race in FE and the first Japanese team since Team Aguri (later to morph into Techeetah) to compete in the electric single seater series.
The black, silver and red colour scheme was presented at the Geneva Motor Show as the second generation FE car, was also launch for the first time to the public.
“At first glance, the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design.This initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a sense of a form breaking free of resistance and gravity”.
“Formula E racers are virtually silent, with explosive speed bursts”, Albaisa added. “The combination of the sonic pulse of the Doppler effect and the released power of a sonic boom inspired our celebration of EV racing.”
Nissan’s last major motor sport marketing venture came in the form of the LM GTR; a hugely unconventional, front-engined and predominantly front-wheel drive prototype concept, which became the most scrutinized entry at Le Mans in recent history.
Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsport director, was excited for Nissan to once again be stepping up to a competitive environment.
“Nissan is bringing a lot to the table with our expertise in EV technology for the road and bringing it to the race track,” he said.
“The level of competition in the Formula E championship is on the rise, and we’re eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead”.
Images: Nissan Motorsport
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