It’s getting hard to ignore Formula E these days. Just a few years ago, the electric open-wheel series was being viewed as Formula 1’s weird step-cousin and yet, manufacturer interest is higher than ever. We’re seeing the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz get properly into the motorsport and now it’s Nissan’s turn. The Japanese motorsport legend is bringing its own effort to the fray this year.
The Nissan competitor is primarily silver with black and red accenting synonymous with the Nismo brand. Our first impressions immediately made us think of McLaren’s early 2010 Formula 1 cars. The color scheme is pretty much the exact same. Even with this in mind, the open wheeler looks distinctly Nissan with the Global Design Team putting the livery together.
Arriving in Season five of Formula E, Nissan’s using the car to show off the Nissan Intelligent Mobility platform. The manufacturer states the goal of this programme is “to redefine how its vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society”. As such an important research area for Nissan, it has high profile billing on the new livery. Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz stressed the importance of the link between Intelligent Mobility and Formula E:
“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.”
This season’s Formula E is promising to be more exciting than ever. The new power-train and battery package means more powerful racing machines for all competitors. Mid-race car swaps are no longer required either, adding a whole new layer of strategy to the motorsport. We’re excited to see how this season develops and if Nissan can hit the ground running in season five.