Nissan to make official on-track Formula E debut

Nissan to make official on-track Formula E debut

Nissan Formula E
photo: Nissan

Nissan will make its official on-track debut. It will also begin a new brand partnership with Royal Dutch Shell PLC. All of it will take place when the ABB FIA Formula E championship stages its pre-season test next week.

The Nissan e.dams team will conduct three days of testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. This will happen alongside the other 10 teams competing in the upcoming season of the all-electric racing championship.

Nissan is the first Japanese company to enter Formula E. Is has a great amount of experience in electric vehicles, gathered since the introduction of the LEAF model in 2010. Since then, there are more than 365,000 sold. The company has used that experience to develop the all-new powertrain for its Formula E race car. It features a bespoke electric motor, inverter and gearbox. 

Nissan Fromula E
photo: Nissan

Nissan to make official on-track Formula E debut

Joerg Wienke, vice president of global retail marketing at Royal Dutch Shell, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with a company like Nissan, which shares our commitment to supporting a lower-carbon transportation system. In response to customer demand, we are increasingly investing in our electric vehicle charging network, whether it’s in people’s homes or workplaces, or at Shell stations. This partnership will help us co-engineer products and charging services to improve the driving experience for EV drivers around the world.” 

2015-16 Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi and fellow racer Alex Albon will drive for the Nissan e.dams team during next week’s test. They will compete as well during the upcoming season, which begins Dec. 15. 

“Nissan is bringing a lot of EV knowledge to the championship. And e.dams has been a strong contender in Formula E from the start,” Buemi said. “Hopefully, we’ll be very successful.” 

Season five also marks the debut of a new race format as well as a new generation of cars for the Formula E series. 

“Next week’s test will be the first chance for everyone in Formula E to compare themselves against the competition with their new cars,” Albon said.“It’ll be a whole new experience for everyone.”