Nissan reveals concept livery for its Formula E debut season
- Nissan to compete in all-electric racing championship’s 2018-19 season, showcasing the Nissan Intelligent Mobility platform
GENEVA (March 6, 2018) – Nissan has taken the next steps toward its debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship by revealing the company’s concept livery at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Nissan, the world's leading mass-market zero-emission vehicle manufacturer, announced at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show that it would debut in Formula E from season five, which is expected to begin in December 2018.
As part of today's announcement, Nissan unveiled its color scheme for the season five Formula E car, which features striking new aerodynamics and an entirely new battery and powertrain package.
The livery for Nissan's Formula E program was designed by the company’s global design team in Japan.
“At first glance, the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan (pictured right).
“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 powertrain package provides more power and range and eliminates the need for the midrace car swap that was part of the first four seasons of the championship.
"Nissan is proud to be an innovator in electric vehicles on the road, with the Nissan LEAF completing more than 4 billion zero-emission kilometers around the world*,” said Jose Munoz, Nissan’s chief performance officer. “Now, we want to bring that EV expertise to motorsports.”
"The new Formula E car is being shown live in public for the first time this morning, and we're very excited to reveal Nissan's livery for our debut,” Munoz added. “The ability for Nissan to use this championship as a key development platform for our EV technologies, and to be able to race in major city centers around the world, makes it a perfect vehicle for us to showcase Nissan Intelligent Mobility."
Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the company's vision for redefining how vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.
Although the Nissan Formula E car livery was revealed for the first time today, work has been underway for many months to develop the all-new technical package as Nissan prepares for its debut.
"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’s 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.”
Nissan is working with its partner Renault to leverage expertise and development already available, in keeping with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive partnership's focus on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness.
Season five of the Formula E championship is expected to visit major international cities including Hong Kong, Berlin, Zurich, Rome and New York.
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.
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- Jose Munoz, Daniele Schillaci, Alfonso Albaisa, Michael Carcamo, Jean Todt and Alejandro Agag .
* Based on estimates from Nissan’s Global Data Center (GDC). The total distance traveled by Nissan LEAFs globally is an assumption based on data gathered from Nissan LEAFs registered with NissanConnect EV, representing about half of all global sales.
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