NISMO NEWS - March 12, 2018
- Nissan's Formula E concept livery unveil
- GT Sport Motul Team RJN head to pre-season Blancpain test
- ESM ready for the battle of the bumps at Sebring
Nissan reveals concept livery for its Formula E debut season
Geneva, Switzerland - Nissan took an important step in the development of its ABB Formula E Championship programme last week at the Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of its concept livery for its season five debut.
Originally announced at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, Nissan will become the newest manufacturer to enter the championship when it makes its debut in December this year.
As the manufacturer of the largest selling electric vehicle in the world, the Nissan LEAF – Nissan will take its EV expertise from the road to the race tracks in city centers around the globe.
"Formula E for us was an obvious decision," said Roel de Vries, Nissan's Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy (pictured left).
"We have a long history in electric vehicles, and have been looking for a while at what the best, future global racing activity was for enter at Nissan.
"Formula E has been growing every single year, so we've been watching that from the beginning. Even after the first season, it was obvious to us that this had to be our global formula. We've been working the past two years to enter the series. It's become very popular, so we are very happy to start racing from the end of this year.
“Not only will Nissan compete against the existing brands when it debuts in Formula E in season five, more are on the way for season six which will run in 2019/20. The racing will get far more engaging and interesting when more manufacturers compete."
The Nissan Formula E concept livery will remain on display at the Geneva Motor Show through to March 18.
GT Sport Motul Team RJN ready for Paul Ricard test Circuit Paul Ricard, France -
A pair of Nissan GT-R NISMO
GT3 machines will be on track in this year's Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup starting this week at the pre-season test at Circuit Paul Ricard with GT Sport Motul Team RJN.
Supported by long-time Nissan partners, Sony PlayStation and Motul lubricants, the RJN squad will include Nissan factory aces Alex Buncombe and Lucas Ordóñez - the first ever GT Academy winner.
Buncombe and Ordóñez will be joined by Matt Parry aboard the No. 23 entry which is a 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO
Another former GT Academy winner – Mexican Ricardo Sanchez – will be joined by British racers Struan Moore and new-comer Jordon Witt aboard the No. 22 GT-R.
“It's going to be the 10th anniversary of my win as the first GT Academy winner so to drive the car with Gran Turismo colors and Motul as well is amazing,” Ordóñez said.
“10 years as a Nissan driver! It's very special for me to continue my career with my Nissan family with RJN this year. I’m looking forward to the test at Paul Ricard this week and counting down the days until we get to the first round at Monza."
This week's test will feature two days running at Circuit Paul Ricard on March 13 and 14 – the first time the newly-evolved 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO
GT3 has run in Europe.
“I'm extremely happy to be back behind the wheel of car No. 23 in the Blancpain Endurance series in the PRO class again,” Buncombe said.
“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead in the 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO
GT3. As ever, the competition is going to be extremely tough but we believe the new car is going to be quick.
“I’m also thrilled with my driver lineup, my teammates with Matt and Lucas. Both are extremely quick experienced guys, I couldn't ask for better.”
Nissan-powered ESM squad prepare for Sebring 12 Hours Sebring International Raceway, FL, USA -
The Nissan-powered ESM squad is preparing for one of the biggest challenges in sports car racing this weekend - doing battle over the bumps for 12 hours at Sebring International Raceway.
First held in 1950, much of the Sebring circuit includes old runways from Hendricks Army Airfield, a World War II training base for the U.S. Army Air Forces.
The biggest battle facing teams in the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the treacherous Sebring bumps - particularly in the fast Turns 17 and one – leading onto and off of the front straight.
"Sebring is one of my favorite races. I love this old school track and the great atmosphere that you can feel throughout the week," said Nicolas Lapierre who will drive the No. 22 Nissan-powered Onroak with Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek.
"It is a fun track, but it is also one of the hardest races in the world, the bumps give a very hard time to the car and as a driver, you have to stay focussed every second.
"I'm convinced that we have a package to fight in the front. Testing between Daytona and Sebring went well, so we're feeling confident heading into the race."
The No. 2 ESM entry will again be driven by Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Olivier Pla. HIGH RES DOWNLOADS
Download images of Nissan's Formula E concept livery revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show as well as GT Sport Motul Team RJN's new livery.
Look back at last week's Nissan Formula E launch at the Geneva Motor Show. Click to view.
- Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Official Test Days, Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France
- IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL, USA
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Albert Park F1 Circuit, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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