Japanese car manufacturer Nissan officially announced today that it will commit to Formula E’s Gen3 regulations, remaining in the series until the end of the world championship’s twelfth season in 2026.
The Nissan e.Dams team becomes the third Formula E squad to sign up to the Gen3 rules, which come into force for Formula E’s ninth season in 2022-23, following Mahindra Racing and DS Techeetah’s own commitments in recent months.
Nissan took over three-time teams champions Renault e.Dams at the end of 2018 and have since gained 10 podium finishes, including two race victories; one in New York City in 2019 with Sebastien Buemi, and another with Oliver Rowland in Berlin in last year. Nissan was fourth in the team’s championship in season 5, but finished as runners-up in season 6 after a strong end to the season.
Nissan Global Motorsport Director, Tommaso Volpe, outlined that he was pleased with the team’s progress since Nissan’s takeover, and emphasised that the company was in Formula E for the long-haul due to the series’ technological relevance to their EV road car programme.
“We’ve achieved great results during our first two seasons and renewing our long-term commitment to Formula E is a key step,” explained Volpe.
“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.”
Chief executive officer of Formula E, Jamie Reigle, reacted positively to Nissan’s announcement, as the grid for Formula E’s third phase begins to take shape.
“Nissan is recognised for its pioneering electric vehicles and we’re delighted to work with them as they develop their next generation line-up.” Said Reigle. “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.
Nissan e.Dams team principals Oliver and Gregory Driot expressed their excitement about the continued participation of their team in the series, as well as the expected leap forwards in performance of the Gen3 car.
“Nissan’s commitment to the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship shows the strength of the all-electric racing series and its pursuit of success in the next phase.” Explained the Driot brothers in a joint statement.
“The new Gen3 cars will be faster and more powerful, and this constant evolution of racing performance that we continue to see in Formula E is great for the fans and the sport.”
Two manufacturers, Audi and BMW, have elected to pull out of Formula E at the end of season 7, before the Gen3 regulations come into effect. But with three race-winning manufacturers opting to stay, and McLaren Racing signing an option to potentially enter in season 9, it is now expected that Mercedes, Porsche, Jaguar, Dragon/Penske and NIO333 will all announce their Gen3 manufacturer programmes in the coming weeks, with Andretti, Envision Virgin, and Venturi intending to continue as customer entries.