Nissan commits to Formula E Gen3 era through to 2026
Nissan has announced a long-term commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, competing in the all-electric series until the end of Season 12 (2025-26).
Having entered Formula E at the start of Season 5 in 2018, Nissan is the only Japanese manufacturer in the series and will see out the current Gen2 car before the arrival of its even more powerful, faster and efficient successor for Season 9 in 2022-23.
With the close wheel-to-wheel action and incredible technology in Formula E, Nissan aims to bring the excitement of electric vehicles to a global audience. The series is also aligned with the marque’s sustainability goals, whereby Nissan intends to electrify all its new cars by the early 2030s and achieve carbon-neutral status across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050.
“Nissan’s vision for cars goes far beyond simply modes of transport,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer. “We aim to design and build electric vehicles that transform the way communities connect and move, and inspire us all to work towards a sustainable society. For Nissan, Formula E helps us bring excitement, energy and the environment to the forefront as we deliver this vision of the future to an ever-growing, new, young and diverse audience.”
During its first two seasons in Formula E, Nissan’s ‘Phase One: Road-To-Track’ technical objective was employed. This involved taking experience from creating the LEAF, Nissan’s most iconic road-going EV, to develop the Nissan e.dams race car. This led to the ground-breaking twin-motor design used in Nissan’s debut campaign, as well as notorious speed with more pole positions than any other team, before Nissan e.dams claimed second in the teams’ championship last season.
Now in Season 7, with the new Nissan IM03 ready to debut at the next race in Rome, the team moves on to ‘Phase Two: Track-To-Road’, where the incredible rate of development seen in Formula E will lead to advances in efficiency and technology that will be used on Nissan’s road cars and encourage new EV consumers.
“We’ve achieved great results during our first two seasons and renewing our long-term commitment to Formula E is a key step,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsport director. “We entered the sport with a “Road-To-Track” technical transfer approach, and by extending our racing programme through the Gen3 era, we have the opportunity to close the circle with a “Track-To-Road” technical transfer. We believe that, as one of the most global manufacturers involved in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, this sport is the perfect platform to promote our expertise in electrification and demonstrate our commitment to more sustainable mobility solutions.”
The first two rounds of Season 7 took place on a historic double header weekend in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, in February which marked the start of Formula E’s first official World Championship season and the series’ first night race.
“Nissan’s commitment to the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship shows the strength of the all-electric racing series and its pursuit of success in the next phase,” said Gregory and Olivier Driot, Nissan e.dams team principals. “The new Gen3 cars will be faster and more powerful, and this constant evolution of racing performance that we continue to see in Formula E is great for the fans and the sport.”
Round 3 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place on a new circuit layout in Rome on April 10.