Nissan has taken the next steps toward its debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship by revealing its concept livery at the Geneva Motor Show.
At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show Nissan announced it would debut in Formula E from season five which is expected to begin in December 2018. As part of the announcement, Nissan unveiled its color scheme for the season five Formula E car which features striking new aerodynamics, an entirely new battery & powertrain package. The livery was designed by Nissan’s Global Design team in Japan.
Alfonso Albasia, the Senior Vice President of global design at Nissan said :”At first glance the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight. Naturally this initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a sense of a form breaking free of resistance & gravity. Formula E racers are virtually silent with explosive speed bursts thus naturally we turned to Doppler when designing the livery. The combination of the sonic pulse of the Doppler effect & the released power of a sonic boom inspired our celebration of EV Racing!
Jose Munoz, Chief Performance Officer for Nissan said :
“Nissan is proud to be an innovator in electric vehicles on the road with the Nissan LEAF completing more than four billion zero-emission kilometers around the world. Now, we want to bring that EV expertise to motorsport. The new Formula E car is being shown live in public for the first time & we’re very excited to reveal Nissan’s livery for our debut. The ability for Nissan to use this championship as a key development platform for our EV technologies & to be able to race in major city centers around the world makes it a perfect vehicle for us to showcase Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
The new package provides more power, more range and eliminates the need for the mid-race car swap which has been used in the first four seasons of the championship. While the new Nissan Formula E car livery was revealed for the first time at the show, work has been underway on developing the all-new technical package for many months as Nissan prepares for its debut.
Nissan is working with its partner Renault to leverage expertise & development already available in keeping with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive partnership, focusing on collaboration & maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. Additional details including structure & drivers will be announced at a later time.
Nissan global motorsport director, Michael Carcamo said :
“Nissan is bringing a lot to the table with our expertise in EV technology for the road and bringing it to the race track, the level of competition in the Formula E championship is on the rise and we’re eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead. We’re entering the championship on a level playing field this year with every manufacturer competing with a brand new car, battery and powertrain combination from season five.”
Season five of the ABB FIA Formula E championship is expected to visit major international cities including Hong Kong, Berlin, Zurich, Rome & New York. The new car that will debut in season five is scheduled to race in the Formula E championship for the next three seasons with further details regarding Nissan’s drivers and other technical and marketing partners for its Formula E debut are expected to be announced later this year.
Nissan’s entry into the electric street racing championship coincides with the launch of the new generation Formula E car which features striking new aerodynamics and an entirely new battery and powertrain package.