Nissan Formula E car headed to the NISMO Festival

Tuesday 27th November, 2018 - 12:03pm

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Nissan Formula E car headed to the NISMO Festival

Fans in Japan at this week’s NISMO Festival will get their first chance to see the Nissan e.dams Formula E car live for the first time at Fuji International Speedway.

Fans around the world will get to see the electric street racing machine in action – the entire day of activities in Japan will be live streamed on NISMO.com and NISMO.tv on YouTube.

The 21st annual fan appreciation event on December 2 will feature teams and drivers running of some of the greatest cars in Nissan’s 60 years of global motorsports history, as well as heritage models and the latest NISMO road cars

To celebrate Nissan’s six decades of global motorsports participation – starting with the class victory at the Australian Rally in 1958 – the festival will feature more than 50 cars that have competed globally and in Japan. Rally cars from the 1950s to the 1980s, prototype cars from the 1990s and current GT cars.

The Formula E car will be featured along with an all-new, dynamic Nissan EV show. Other events include the annual Z-challenge race, the Nissan Historic exhibition race, a historic car demo run, and the annual NISMO GP which features cars from both Super GT and Super Taikyu

NISMO has also been counting down to the event with its annual 23-day #NISMOments countdown on social media – highlighting major achievements for the brand in 2018.

The NISMO Festival action begins at an 8:00 am local time in Japan on Sunday, December 2 – Midnight (CET) in Europe, 23:00 (UK), 18:00 (US Eastern) and 15:00 (US Pacific).

Nissan is now only 19 days away from making its Formula E race debut in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 15. The Formula E car represents the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

Career-best finish for Andre Heimgartner as Nissan signs off in Supercars

Nissan Motorsport closed out the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with four top ten finishes in the series’ final race of the year in Newcastle.

Andre Heimgartner led the Nissan Altima brigade in both of the weekend’s races, finishing eighth in the first race and a career-best sixth in the second.

Heimgartner excelled in the second race despite a devastating cool suit failure.

“It is good to get this result. I desperately wanted the next place, but I had nothing left in me,” said Andre Heimgartner.

“I had a cool suit failure which made it really difficult, especially at the end.

“We had two really solid races this weekend. To have the speed to be up there was a really good thing. I am really happy with how the round panned out.”

Rick Kelly and Simona De Silvestro also scored top tens in Newcastle, with the pair finishing ninth and tenth, respectively, in the first race of the weekend.

Kelly’s finishes on the weekend helped him secure eighth place in the championship.

And after six years of support, the event marked the final race with the factory backing from Nissan.

Nissan-power sweepers to top four positions in Asian Le Mans

Nissan-powered prototypes swept the top four positions in the 2018-2019 Asian Le Mans series opener in Shanghai with the No. 8 Spirit of Race machine claiming the victory.

Alexander West, Côme Ledogar and driver of the 2018 Nissan-powered ESM prototype in the IMSA series, Pipo Derani, won the race. The pair of United Autosports machines, also both powered by Nissan, rounded out the podium.

Derani, West and Ledogar won the race by more than a minute and 47 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor.

“This weekend has been very nice to us,” Derani said.

“We led all the practices and got pole position. We were a little bit lucky in the race, but we brought home the victory.”

In addition to five LMP2 cars, Nissan also powers the entire LMP3 field in the Asian Le Mans series. In total, 15 of 18 prototype cars in the series run on Nissan power.

In LMP3, the No. 13 Inter Europol Competition machine won the race at the hands of Jakub Smiechowski and Martin Hippe.

The Asian Le Mans series will be back in action at Fuji Speedway, the home of NISMO Festival, 7-9 December.

Calendar

December 1-2
FIA GT Nations Cup, Sakhir, Bahrain

December 2
NISMO Festival, Fuji International Speedway, Japan

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