Nissan is no stranger to racing, in fact, the Japanese brand has, through the decades, competed in various racing events — from tracks to off-road to endurance races.
On that note, the Nissan announced its long-term commitment in racing at the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, a single-seater motorsport championship that uses only electric race cars.
Staying true to a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan takes part in delivering the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. And with the aim of electrifying all-new Nissan vehicle offerings by the early 2030s, showing just how its electric vehicles do well in races seems like a good place to start.
"Nissan's vision for cars goes far beyond simply modes of transport," said Nissan Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta. "We aim to design and build electric vehicles that transform the way communities connect and move, and inspire us all to work towards a sustainable society. For Nissan, Formula E helps us bring excitement, energy and the environment to the forefront as we deliver this vision of the future to an ever-growing, new, young and diverse audience."
With a solid plan for the races, Nissan focused on its "Phase One — road-to-track" technical objectives in the first two seasons. They took what they learned from the Leaf to develop an electric performance race car. The team now looks to enter "Phase Two — track-to-road," where Nissan hopes to encourage consumer adoption of its EVs.
"We’ve achieved great results during our first two seasons and renewing our long-term commitment to Formula E is a key step," according to Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsport director. "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."
The 2021 season began with races taking place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. In the same event, Nissan managed to take 14 team championship points.
"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. 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," commented Olivier and Gregory Driot, team principals of Nissan e.dams.
The next ABB FIA Formula E World Championship happens in Rome on April 10.
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