Resolutely turned towards a carbon neutrality plan, Nissan confirmed on Wednesday that it remained engaged in Formula E until 2026 as an engine manufacturer.
The Japanese manufacturer is thus the third, after Mahindra and DS, to confirm its intention to develop a powertrain for the third generation of single-seaters (Gen3) of the World Championship of electric single-seaters.
Audi and BMW will leave the series after the current season, but Mercedes, Jaguar and Porsche are expected to continue their participation for the next cycle, which begins in the 2022 season. The cars will be faster, lighter, and will have to perform pit stops to recharge batteries during races.
From the track to the road
For Nissan, which wants to power all its models by an electric motor by 2030, this extension was obvious. It makes it possible to develop technologies that can be used in the design of road cars.
“We have had excellent results in our first two seasons and renewing our long-term commitment to Formula E is a key step,” said Tommaso Volpe, director of the powersports department at Nissan, in a statement.
“We entered the sport with a technology transfer approach from the road to the track, and by extending our racing program into the Gen3 era, we have the opportunity to close the circle with a technology transfer from the track to the track. the road. We think […] that this sport is the ideal platform to promote our expertise in electrification and demonstrate our commitment to more sustainable mobility solutions. ”
Associated with the French team e.dams since its debut in the category two years ago, Nissan has recorded two victories and 11 podiums in 26 races in Formula E. The team is currently in eighth place after two races under d ‘a harvest of 14 points.