Full speed ahead for Nissan in the transition to electric, even with sport: after taking over from Renault, for the fifth season, the brand has confirmed its participation in the Formula E championship until 2026.
The announcement came on the eve of the Roman stage of the seventh edition of the E-Prix, scheduled for Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 April at Eur with a renewed circuit and one of the longest in the championship.
“The commitment with Formula E until 2026 is Nissan’s longest motosport project outside Japan – clarified Tommaso Volpe, Nissan Global Motorsports Director – and reflects the strategic objectives of the brand: from 2030 all our products will be electrified. , and in 2050 the company is committed to having all carbon neutral processes “.
Formula E as a laboratory for development and innovation in the electrical field, therefore, especially in terms of power and autonomy. Without forgetting, however, the fun of the competition, especially on a track like the Capitoline one (one of the two Europeans in the Formula E championship) and in a complex period like the current one, characterized by the coronavirus pandemic. This is confirmed by the two drivers of the Nissan e.Dams team, ready to get behind the wheel of the Gen2 single-seaters.
“I am very excited, also because I had been stopped for a while – admitted Oliver Rowland, Nissan’s starting driver from the 2018-2019 season – the Roman route is very interesting because it forces you to vary speeds and is a constant challenge, so I have many expectations and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel ”.
He was joined by Sebastien Buemi, Swiss former Formula E champion in 2016: “I am also very excited – he smiled at the press conference to present the event – The expectations are very high, and I want to give my best”.
The appointment is therefore on Saturday at 04.04 for the first round: Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) leads the drivers’ rankings, Jaguar Racing leads the team rankings thanks to the new signing Sam Bird, who took home the victory in the second round of Diriyah.
Last time in Rome it was Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) and André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) who fought for the podium to the last. Evans ultimately won, followed by Lotterer and, in third place, Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ).