The team was established in 2014 to compete in the new all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship by Jean-Paul Driot, the founder of the DAMS race team most known for its success in the FIA Formula 2 Championship and its predecessors. Partnering with 4-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost and Renault to create Renault e.dams, the outfit claimed 3 teams’ titles as well as 1 drivers’ title with Sebastien Buemi in the 2015/16 season.
Nissan became a partner and shareholder of e.dams in 2018 at the start of the fifth season to create Nissan e.dams. In their first season together, they claimed 6 podiums, 5 pole positions and an inaugural victory in New York with Buemi.
In Formula E’s sixth season, Nissan e.dams added a further pole and 5 podiums while Oliver Rowland took his first Formula E win at the penultimate round in Berlin.
For Season 8, Buemi is joined by German driver Maximilian Günther.
Nissan is one of the leading automotive brands in electric mobility, with more than 70 years’ experience in pioneering EV technology and over 500,000 all-electric Nissan LEAFs sold worldwide, and is the first and only Japanese manufacturer in Formula E. The programme powerfully demonstrates the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company’s forward-looking vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.
After Jean-Paul’s passing on 3 August 2019 at the age of 68, the team was run by his two sons, Gregory and Olivier. In April 2022, it was announced that Nissan had acquired the e.dams race team, taking full control of the Formula E entry.
General Manager Nissan Formula E
Nissan e.dams has benefited from the construction of new facilities in 2017, spreading over 2,300m2 with the famous Le Mans 24 Hours circuit nearby, creating an efficient working environment for the members of our team as well as our drivers.
The workshop is divided into three sections: the first is dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the cars; a second to fabrication and repairs; and the third to equipment storage.
The design office has been created exclusively for our engineers, which includes the latest tools for the development of our cars.
Nissan e.dams also has legal, financial, logistic and marketing departments in order to follow the continuing progression of its activities.
Quickly becoming the most important tool in race weekend preparation, Nissan e.dams continually develops its simulator to best prepare its drivers. It is one of the most advanced of its generation and is installed on a hydraulic six-post rig in a dedicated 60m2 room to provide a realistic driving experience.
A control room with good visibility allows engineers to promptly analyse information and data before communicating directly with the driver.