Nissan makes Gen3 Formula E commitment
By Mat Coch
Thursday 25th March, 2021 - 9:10am
Nissan has reaffirmed its commitment to the next era of Formula E competition as the championship looks towards its third generation of car.
The commitment is part of a broader move into electric vehicles for Nissan as it plans to electrify its entire range by the early 2030s.
That forms part of the company’s goal to be carbon neutral across its operations and life cycle of its products by 2050.
“We’ve achieved great results during our first two seasons and renewing our long-term commitment to Formula E is a key step,” explained Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsport director.
“We entered the sport with a ‘road-to-track’ technical transfer approach, and by extending our racing program through the Gen3 era, we have the opportunity to close the circle with ‘track-to-road’ technical transfer.
“We believe that, as one of the most global manufacturers involved in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, this sport is the perfect platform to promote our expertise in electrification and demonstrate our commitment to more sustainable mobility solutions.”
Formula E CEO, Jamie Reigle, added: “Nissan is recognised for its pioneering electric vehicles and we’re delighted to work with them as they develop their next generation line-up.
“They have rapidly proven themselves a force to be reckoned with on our grid too.
“The performance benefits of Gen3 will create more intense competition on track and drive progress off track, showing car buyers the full potential of electric vehicles.
“We are delighted Nissan will embark on this next phase of Formula E’s journey.”
Gen3 is set to be introduced for the 2022/23 season, with cars to be both lighter and more powerful.
McLaren has signed an agreement affording the marque the opportunity to join the grid if it so chooses.
The 2020/21 season began last month, with two races on the Riyadh Street Circuit in Saudi Arabia.
Nissan e.dams currently sits eighth in the teams’ standings after the opening weekend of racing, after finishing second in the 2019/20 competition.
The Formula E season continues with the Rome E-Prix on April 10.