British racer Oliver Rowland will join Sebastien Buemi as the driver for the Nissan e.dams Formula E team debuting in season five of the all-electric street racing championship.
The lineup was announced during an official team launch at Nissan Crossing in Tokyo, held on the eve of the 21st annual NISMO Festival at Japan’s Fuji International Speedway. The launch event also featured the debut of the all-new, racing-inspired Nissan LEAF NISMO RC.
Roel de Vries,Nissan’s global head of brand and marketing said :
“Formula E & the NISMO Festival are great opportunities to show racing fans and customers the power & performance of our electric cars. This experienced team will bring the excitement of Nissan Intelligent Mobility to life.”
Mitsunori Takaboshi was announced as the team’s test & reserve driver.
Former Nissan GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough will be the team’s official simulator driver.
Buemi – 30 – spent the past four seasons as a driver with e.dams, Nissan’s Formula E racing partner. His past accomplishments include taking the 2015/2016 driver’s championship & setting series records including most wins, most pole positions, most fastest laps, most consecutive wins, most wins in a season, most consecutive point scoring finishes & most laps led and most races led.
Buemi said :
“The launch in Japan signifies a big milestone, with Nissan joining Formula E. We’ve been working very hard as Nissan e.dams for half a year now & I hope all this hard work from the team & from Nissan will pay off.”
Rowland, 26, drove for the team during the recent preseason Formula E test in Valencia, Spain. Rowland replaces the previously announced driver Alex Albon, who has been released from his contract to take up a different opportunity in motorsports. Rowland said :
“The Formula E championship features some of the best drivers in the world & it’s an honor to be selected by Nissan e.dams to represent them in season five. To be able to work alongside Sebastien is also an incredible opportunity. I’m looking forward to challenging myself against the best of the best in Formula E.”
Takaboshi, 25, tested the season four Formula E car for e.dams in Marrakesh, Morocco, in January and will drive the Formula E car at the NISMO Festival. He’s currently a GT-R pilot in the Super GT championship in Japan. He won the 2017 Japanese Formula 3 championship and also competed for Nissan in Europe, in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2016. Takaboshi said :
“To get the opportunity to drive the car on Sunday at the NISMO Festival is a tremendous honor, I can’t wait to show Japanese fans what Formula E is all about.”
Mardenborough – 27 – will add the simulator driver duties to his Super GT efforts for Nissan. He won Nissan’s “gamer-to-racer” competition in 2011 & just completed a third full-time race season in Japan.
Buemi & Rowland will make their Nissan race debuts on the 15th of December in the first round of the season five championship in Saudi Arabia.