Mitsunori Takaboshi is a NISMO driver and the winner of the 2017 Japan F3 championship, will take part in the rookie test in Marrakesh with Renault e.Dams.
Nissan will become the first Japanese automaker to compete in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E racing championship from season five. Nissan’s partnership with Renault allowed the Japanese manufacturer to put Takaboshi into the car.
Takaboshi, 24 had a stunning season in Formula 3 last year, winning seven races and taking 11 fastest laps in the 20 races. His 2017 program also included a full season in the GT300 class in Super GT, aboard the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
“I would like to thank Nissan, NISMO and Renault e.dams for choosing me and giving me the chance to try the Formula E car,” said Takaboshi. “I’m really looking forward to participating in the rookie test and interested to see for myself what the combination of racing cars and electric energy can create.
“As a global series, I think the drivers and technology are of the highest calibre, and I hope to learn as much as I can about the various aspects of the competition,” said Takaboshi.
Takaboshi made his Formula 3 debut in 2013 in Japan, winning the “National” class championship in his first season. He first drove for Nissan in 2015, in GT300 in Super GT. He got his first taste of European racing in 2016 when he contested the Blancpain GT Series with Nissan – finishing on the podium at the Nürburgring.
He also made his GT500 class debut the same year, filling in for the injured Katsumasa Chiyo and finishing on the podium with veteran Satoshi Motoyama in Suzuka.