Nissan unveils Formula E concept livery
Nissan has taken the next steps toward its debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship by revealing its concept livery at the Geneva Motor Show.
At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan announced it would debut in Formula E from season five, which is expected to begin in December.
In the latest announcement, Nissan unveiled its color scheme for the season five Formula E car. It features striking new aerodynamics and an entirely new battery and powertrain package.
The livery for Nissan’s Formula E programme was designed by Nissan’s global design team in Japan.
“At first glance the season five Formula E car seemed to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Company. “This initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a form that breaks free of resistance and gravity. Formula E racers are virtually silent, with explosive speed bursts. So naturally we turned to Doppler when designing the livery: the combination of the sonic pulse of the Doppler effect and the released power of a sonic boom inspired our celebration of EV Racing.”
The new package provides more power and range and eliminates the need for the mid-race car swap which has been used in the first four seasons of the championship.
Jose Munoz, chief performance officer of Nissan, said, “Nissan is proud to be an innovator in electric vehicles on the road with the Nissan Leaf completing more than four billion zero-emission kilometres around the world. Now, we want to bring that EV expertise to motorsport.”
Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the company’s strategy to redefine how its vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.
While the new Nissan Formula E car livery was revealed, work on developing the all-new technical package has been underway for many months.
Nissan is working with its partner Renault to leverage expertise and development already available, in keeping with the Renault-NissanMitsubishi automotive partnership’s focus on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness.
Additional details, including structure and drivers, will be announced later.
“Nissan is bringing a lot to the table with our expertise in EV technology for the road and bringing it to the race track,” said Nissan global motorsport director, Michael Carcamo. “The level of competition in the Formula E championship is rising and we’re eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead. We’re entering the championship on a level playing field, with every manufacturer competing with a brand-new car, battery and powertrain combination from season five.”
The new car that will debut in season five is scheduled to race in the Formula E championship for the next three seasons.
Season five of the ABB FIA Formula E series is expected to begin in December and visit major cities around the world including New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Zurich and Hong Kong. Nissan will be the first Japanese company to participate.