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NISSAN REVEALS CONCEPT LIVERY FOR ITS FORMULA E DEBUT SEASON

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 – the world’s leading mass-market zero-emission vehicle manufacturer – announced it would debut in Formula E from season five which is expected to begin in December 2018.

As part of today’s announcement, Nissan unveiled its color scheme for the season five Formula E car, which features striking new aerodynamics and an entirely new battery and powertrain package.

The livery for Nissan’s Formula E program was designed by Nissan’s Global Design team in Japan.

“At first glance the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Naturally this initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a sense of a form breaking free of resistance and gravity. Formula E racers are virtually silent, with explosive speed bursts thus 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, more range and eliminates the need for the mid-race car swap which has been used in the first four seasons of the championship..

“The new Formula E car is being shown live in public for the first time this morning, and we’re very excited to reveal Nissan’s livery for our debut. The ability for Nissan to use this championship as a key development platform for our EV technologies and to be able to race in major city centers around the world makes it a perfect vehicle for us to showcase Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

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 for the first time today, work has been underway on developing the all-new technical package for many months as Nissan prepares for its debut.

Nissan is working with its partner Renault to leverage expertise and development already available, in keeping with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive partnership’s focus on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. Additional details, including structure and drivers, will be announced at a later time.

“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 on the rise and we’re eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead. We’re entering the championship on a level playing field this year with every manufacturer competing with a brand new car, battery and powertrain combination from season five.”

Season five of the ABB FIA Formula E championship is expected to visit major international cities including Hong Kong, Berlin, Zurich, Rome and New York. The new car that will debut in season five is scheduled to race in the Formula E championship for the next three seasons.

Further details regarding Nissan’s drivers and other technical and marketing partners for its Formula E debut are expected to be announced later this year.

QUOTES:

Jose Munoz, chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
“Nissan is proud to be an innovator in electric vehicles on the road with the Nissan LEAF completing more than four billion zero-emission kilometers around the world. Now, we want to bring that EV expertise to motorsport.

“The new Formula E car is being shown live in public for the first time this morning, and we’re very excited to reveal Nissan’s livery for our debut. The ability for Nissan to use this championship as a key development platform for our EV technologies and to be able to race in major city centers around the world makes it a perfect vehicle for us to showcase Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and battery business, and chairman of Nissan’s management committee for Japan, Asia and Oceania
“Nissan will participate in season five of the thrilling Formula E championship. Our participation in Formula E will raise the bar even higher for Nissan Intelligent Mobility by showing the incredible power and performance that EVs can deliver.”

Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd
“At first glance the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight. Naturally this initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a sense of a form breaking free of resistance and gravity. Formula E racers are virtually silent, with explosive speed bursts thus 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!”

Michael Carcamo, global motorsport director, Nissan
“Nissan is bringing a lot to the table with our expertise in EV technology for the road and bringing it to the race track. The level of competition in the Formula E championship is on the rise and we’re eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead. We’re entering the championship on a level playing field this year with every manufacturer competing with a brand new car, battery and powertrain combination from season five.”

Jean Todt, FIA President
“The strength of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship continues to grow and attract the world’s leading car manufacturers, and with Nissan we will see a Japanese marque in this exciting new motor sport competition for the first time. With so much electric vehicle development happening in Japan, this is an important step for Formula E, and one which I hope continues to broaden the reach of the electric racing revolution.”

Alejandro Agag, founder & CEO, Formula E
“It’s exciting to see the new colours of Nissan for the first time on the Gen2 car ahead of their debut season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Formula E is a truly global platform to showcase the shift to electric and the transition from track to road. Having a name and a big Japanese brand like Nissan on board highlights this and the road-relevant technologies we’ll see on future models. Japan is a key player in the automotive sector worldwide, as well as an important territory for fans of Formula E – of which there are many in Japan. I can’t wait to watch the Gen2 cars in action with some new names and new faces, including Nissan as the first Japanese manufacturer to enter the series.”

Source. Nissan

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