Daniele Schillaci confirmed earlier this week that Nissan will join EV racing series Formula E for the 2018-2019 season. Daniele, who holds the position of executive vice president for Nissan’s global marketing and EVs, made this raveling announcement during this week’s Tokyo Motor Show event. He said that joining the Formula E will make it possible for the manufacturer to spread its Nissan Intelligent Mobility plan for bringing electric and autonomous cars to the market.
Seemingly, the Nissan will become the first Japanese car maker to make a surprise entry into the young racing series competition. It is set to join other German automobile manufacturers, including BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. It will also compete with other automakers from China, France, and the United Kingdom. These car brands include NIO, DS, and Jaguar among others.
The FIA-approved racing series kicked off back in 2014. At the time, it immediately attracted the attention of many talented drivers, such as former Formula 1 drivers Nelson Piquet Jr., Scot Speed, and Lucas Di Grassi. Nissan’s EV racing cars are capable of producing up to 295 horsepower.
Nissan EV Racing Series Formula E – Numerous Changes
Nissan will reportedly introduce numerous changes in the course of the 2018/2019 season. First, the series is going to adopt a new battery pack along with a new chassis design. These changes are said to make it possible for teams to get to the full race distance on a single charge.
While the battery packs and chassis designs will be standardized throughout the field, teams are allowed to homologate their electric motors. Hence, producing up to 335 horsepower in the 5th season will become a reality this time around. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have signaled the likelihood of fielding their Formula E teams. However, we won’t see this coming until 6th season in 2019-20.
Nissan to Leverage Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Synergy
Nissan intends to work in collaboration with its partner Renault in leveraging the development and expertise at hand. So, the automaker will incorporate the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi partnership and maximize synergies to improve its competitive edge. In a statement, the company wrote that further details would be unveiled at the start of season five.
A lot of car makers have recently flocked into Formula E for many reasons. Involving Formula E is seen as a low financial commitment as far as motorsports are concerned. Also, it is a low-risk approach of promoting a company’s EV efforts to a new and younger audience. Besides, it is a place for car makers to test specific aspects of their electric powertrain technology.
Formula E series only permits the car-makers to develop a limited amount of tech that would power their cars. However, it is planning to lift this limitation as the seasons go by, allowing automakers to tap into their respective potential. That is important because car manufacturers will have the potential to increase the technologies that would suit their road cars.
Nissan is already a partisan in a variety of motorsports thanks to its performance model called Nismo. Nevertheless, it has produced unflattering results owing to its flirtations with numerous hybrid electric racecars. But given the manufacturer’s previous history with EVs, joining EV racing series Formula E for the 2018/19 season would be the right place to go.