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Nissan to take over from Renault as e.dams backer

Nissan will take over from Renault as the manufacturer support for the e.dams squad for the 2018/19 season.

The Japanese manufacturer announced at the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday that it would be joining Formula E in place of another manufacturer.

Renault is shortly expected to confirm its exit from the all-electric series.

As part of the same automotive group, rumours have been circulating for several months about replacing the Renault brand with Nismo, allowing the French manufacturer to fully focus on its efforts on Formula 1.

Nissan will be inheriting a powertrain Renault has been developing for the switch to single-car races, but will be badged with the Japanese marque’s name, marking its first venture to international motorsport since ending its LMP1 project in 2015.

It will join BMW in a full works entry to Formula E for the 2018/19 season, making it the first Japanese manufacturer to enter the series, with Porsche and Mercedes joining the following season.

“Nissan will be the first Japanese brand to enter this growing championship, bringing our long history of motorsports success to the Formula E grid,” said 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.  

“It will give us a global platform for bringing our pioneering Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy to a new generation of racing fans.

“Nissan’s DNA is rich in innovation in electric mobility, not to mention a long history of success in motorsports. It makes sense that we bring these two core elements together by competing in Formula E.”

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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