Leaf maker will be first Japanese manufacturer in all-electric series; set to take over partner Renault’s entry
Nissan is the latest manufacturer to enter Formula E from the 2018/2019 season, and will become the first Japanese firm to compete in the electric racing car championship.
The firm will enter the single-seater series in its fifth season, when new chassis and battery ruled are set to be introduced. Nissan won’t be starting from scratch: while the move hasn’t been confirmed, it is set to take over partner firm Renault’s entry in the championship, which should ensure it will be competitive from its first race.
Renault has been involved in Formula E from the start, supplying spec powertrains in the first season, with its Renault e.Dams team having won the constructors’ championship in all three seasons so far.
“Nissan’s DNA is rich in innovation in electric mobility, not to mention a long history of success in motorsports,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executive vice president of global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and battery business. “It makes sense that we bring these two core elements together by competing in Formula E.”
Competing in Formula E will help Nissan showcase the performance credentials of its EV technology. At the Tokyo motor show it unveiled a Nismo version of its popular Leaf EV.