Nissan e.dams aiming for points in season-ending Seoul E-Prix
Aug 10, 2022
Team looking to capitalise on recent pace at brand-new Formula E venue
Nissan e.dams is all set to take on the first edition of the Seoul E-Prix double-header, in what will be the season finale of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
The team aims to build on the recent pace shown in the last few rounds, with both Sébastien Buemi and Maximilian Günther qualifying for the Duels and finishing in the top-10 in London two weeks ago, moving Nissan e.dams up a position in the Teams’ Championship.
This weekend Formula E travels to Seoul for the first time to wrap up Season 8. The 2.618-kilometre track weaves in and out of the Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics. 22 turns and a huge crowd awaits the drivers as they take on the circuit on 13-14 August.
“After a positive weekend in London where we scored points in both races, we are prepared to take on the season finale at a new venue in Seoul”, said Tommaso Volpe, general manager, Nissan Formula E, and managing director, Nissan Formula E Team. “The circuit layout is typical for Formula E, with plenty of short straights and right-angle corners, alongside more twisty sections such as the one in the stadium. It will be incredible to battle through there with thousands of fans and an amazing atmosphere. As a new track, we expect it to be a very smooth surface which should suit our car’s characteristics well. The whole team is very motivated, and we will work hard to keep the momentum high, secure our position in the championship and end the Gen 2 era with good results.”
This visit to the Far East will be the series’ third Asian event of the campaign, following the curtain raiser in Diriyah and the trip to Jakarta in June. Season 8 has been Formula E’s biggest year to date, with 16 races across 10 cities and four continents, while even more is planned for Season 9. Sunday will also mark the final competitive running of the Gen2 cars and the 100th race in Formula E’s history.
The team is theming its presence in Formula E to Nissan's road EVs. Buemi will race his #23 Nissan Ariya, named after the Japanese manufacturer's all-new, all-electric crossover SUV. Teammate Günther's #22 Nissan LEAF is named after the brand's well-known EV, first launched in 2010.
Nissan races in this all-electric world championship to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify every all-new vehicle offering by the early 2030s in key markets. The Japanese automaker aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers.
“This weekend is going to be a really interesting one - we’ve got the stadium section which is quite narrow and twisty, and then the last sector which is very wide, with long straights and 90-degree corners. The first part is a lot like last time out in London, very tight and hard to pass; but then at the end of the lap it opens out nicely, so it has a good mix. The stadium part looks amazing, I can’t wait to see it full of fans at the weekend. The weather could be interesting, there’s some rain forecast so we have to be ready for that. I’m excited for the weekend and hope to finish the season on a positive note.”
“The track in Seoul looks great, it’s a lot of fun to drive in the simulator and should be really cool in real life. It’s a brilliant venue with the Olympic Stadium and village, and the circuit has a lot of challenges. It’s got a good flow, there are twisty and technical areas but we also have long straights with great overtaking opportunities. There will be an incredible atmosphere, I think it’s going to be a really good addition to the Formula E calendar. We’re expecting some tricky conditions with rain set to play a factor, but that just makes it even more exciting and unpredictable, so I’m looking forward to getting out on track.”