Nissan has shown its Formula E livery concept for its inaugural season in the all-electric racing series in 2018/19.
With Renault pulling out of the championship to focus in its Formula 1 efforts, Nissan will take its place as the backer for the triple constructor’s championship-winning team e.dams next season, becoming Formula E’s first Japanese manufacturer.
“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, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design.
“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.”
Nissan’s arrival to Formula E marks its first venture into motorsport since a failed World Endurance Championship attempt with a front-wheel drive LMP1 car in 2015.
“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’s 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.”
Nissan are yet to confirm its drivers for the 2018/19 season. Both Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost are contracted to Renault e.dams until the end of next season.