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
The Nissan Formula E concept livery will remain on display at the Geneva Motor Show through to March 18.
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 GT3.
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.
“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.”
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.
"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.
- 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