Nissan is the latest manufacturer to enter Formula E from the 2018/19 season, and will become the first Japanese firm to compete in the electric racing car championship.
The firm will enter the single-seater series in its fifth season, when new chassis and battery rules are set to be introduced. Nissan won’t be starting from scratch: while the move hasn’t been confirmed, it is set to take over partner firm Renault’s entry in the championship, which should ensure it will be competitive from its first race.
Renault has been involved in Formula E from the start, supplying spec powertrains in the first season, with its Renault e.Dams team having won the constructors’ championship in all three seasons so far. The French manufacturer has confirmed it will quit the category at the end of the coming 2017/18 season, to 'focus resources on its aggressive goals for Formula 1'.
“Nissan’s DNA is rich in innovation in electric mobility, not to mention a long history of success in motorsports,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s global sales and marketing boss. “It makes sense that we bring these two core elements together by competing in Formula E.”
Competing in Formula E will help Nissan showcase the performance credentials of its EV technology. At the Tokyo motor show, the brand unveiled a Nismo version of its popular Leaf EV.