Nissan has taken the next steps toward its debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship by revealing its concept livery at the Geneva Motor Show. Nissan unveiled the colour scheme of the season five Formula E car, which features striking new aerodynamics and an entirely new battery and power train package.
Senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, Alfonso Albaisa commented;
“At first glance the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight. Naturally this initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a sense of a form breaking free of resistance and gravity. Formula E racers are virtually silent, with explosive speed bursts thus naturally we turned to Doppler when designing the livery. The combination of the sonic pulse of the Doppler effect and the released power of a sonic boom inspired our celebration of EV Racing!”
The new concept provides more power, increased range and it eliminates the need for the mid-race car swap which has been used in the first four seasons of the championships. Nissan Intelligent Mobility is a strategy to redefine how Nissan vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society. Nissan are working with their partner Renault to leverage expertise and development that's already available, keeping in line with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive partnership's focus on collaboration and maximising synergies to boost competitiveness.
"Nissan is bringing a lot to the table with our expertise in EV technology for the road and bringing it to the race track, said Nissan global motorsport director, Michael Carcamo.
“The level of competition in the Formula E championship is on the rise and we’re eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead. We're entering the championship on a level playing field this year with every manufacturer competing with a brand new car, battery and powertrain combination from season five.”
Season five of the ABB FIA Formula E championship is expected to visit major international cities including Hong Kong, Berlin, Zurich, Rome and New York. The new car that will debut in season five is scheduled to race in the Formula E championship for the next three seasons.
Further details regarding Nissan's drivers and other technical and marketing partners for its Formula E debut are expected to be announced later this year.