The Nissan e.dams team is kicking off the first European leg of the new ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season with a double-header event in Rome this weekend. Two Rome E-Prix races, rounds three and four of season seven (2020-21) of the all-electric racing series, will take place in the Italian capital on Apr. 10 and 11.
The world championship has a revised circuit for its third visit to the heart of the Roman district for the pair of races this weekend.
Team driver Oliver Rowland took a solid haul of 14 championship points away from the previous, double-header night race event in Diriyah, Formula E’s first races under floodlights and as an FIA World Championship.
Nissan recently announced its long-term commitment to bring its electrification strategy to life in Formula E, by extending into the Gen3 era through to season twelve (2025-2026). Nissan joined the series in season five as the only Japanese manufacturer.
Nissan races in this 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 all-new Nissan vehicle offerings by the early 2030s in key markets. Nissan aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the race track and road for better electric vehicles for customers.
“We look forward to racing once more in beautiful Rome,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsports director. “We took good team points here in season five, and this gives us confidence. With our long-term commitment to Formula E in place until season 12, we can now approach every round as a building block to our continued success as we chase down the teams and drivers championships. Racing in Formula E through to 2026 will earn us valuable knowledge and experience, continuously building expertise that will inform and further refine our customer EVs of the future.”
By 2022, Nissan Europe plans to reduce CO2 emissions from all new cars by 40% and expects 50% of its line-up to be electrified by early 2024. The launch of the Ariya all electric crossover and Qashqai e-Power are the first steps.
In Italy, Nissan has developed an integrated electric mobility ecosystem with a 360° services plan that includes free 48-hour test drives of EVs to promote understanding of zero-emission mobility benefits and 10,000 km worth of free charging services that can be used at public or private chargers. Customers can also use the quick charging points being installed throughout the Nissan dealer network.
This season, the team is strongly connecting its competitiveness in Formula E to Nissan’s production EVs. Newly for season seven, the team has named car No. 22 after Nissan’s all-electric LEAF road car. Car No. 23 has been named after the Nissan Ariya all-electric crossover SUV.
“Oli and Seb both had good pace in Diriyah and our race package was quick,” said Olivier Driot, co-team principal of Nissan e.dams. “We took good points from the first two races of the season, but I think the team performance was there for an even stronger overall result. With this in mind we are excited to go racing in Rome, and we hope to see our brilliant fans back at the races as soon as it is safe to do so.”
“We took some decent points away from the double-header in Diriyah, but I feel like we could’ve had even more. I felt good in the car and our race pace was strong. I have fond memories of scoring points in Rome in season five with a P6 finish, and I’ll definitely be looking to improve on that for these races on the new circuit layout.”
“I was a little unlucky in Diriyah and didn’t get the results I wanted. Saying that, I was happy with my own pace and the speed and efficiency of our race car. I took P5 at the last race in Rome and I have a good feeling on the track. I want some good points this weekend and excited to check out the revised circuit in Rome.”