Nissan e.dams kicks off European Formula E schedule
Apr 20, 2021
The Nissan e.dams team is racing for the first time at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain this weekend. Rounds five and six, season seven, of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the third double-header event of the new season and the second of three events in the current European leg.
Ricardo Tormo Circuit has been the home of Formula E preseason testing since season four (2017–18) of the championship, however this weekend (Apr. 24 & 25) will see the first competitive Formula E races at the famous Spanish motorsports venue. Located in Cheste near Valencia, the circuit, with its varied corner types and fast straight will be a thrilling new racing challenge for the Nissan e.dams drivers.
Last time out, in Rome, the team faced one of their most intense and action-packed race weekends. With mixed wet and dry conditions affecting the fast, tight and twisting Rome E-Prix street circuit across the two days of racing, the action was exciting for Formula E fans.
Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi fought hard in both races to score 11 of the team’s combined 12 points. His teammate Oliver Rowland took one point for being fastest overall in group qualifying, and led the race early in round three.
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 racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers.
“Rome was a tough event for us, but the team showed great fighting spirit the whole weekend in tricky conditions,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsports director. “Not as many points as we would want for a team of our success and performance in Formula E, but we took away 12 points, nonetheless. That said, every race is an important opportunity for us to learn more about EV development as we focus on our track-to-road technology transfer goals.”
In March, Nissan 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.
A new period of sustainable growth is beginning for Nissan, as we continue to progress the Nissan NEXT transformation plan, accelerating our journey towards a fully electrified line-up in Europe by FY23 with the launch of Ariya all-electric crossover and Qashqai e-Power as the first steps.
In Spain, Nissan is the only automotive brand investing in the EV recharging infrastructure as the country moves towards electrification as a pillar of economic and social development. Nissan takes a 360-degree perspective on electrification, from vehicle technology and development, through to expanding recharging infrastructure and battery second life, with progressive technology and incentives like Nissan Vehicle to Grid.
“We hope for consistently dry conditions for the next races in Valencia,” said Gregory Driot, co-team principal of Nissan e.dams. “Consistent conditions will allow us to more effectively execute our racing strategies and show the speed and competitiveness that we know our drivers and race cars have. If there are challenges again like we saw in Rome, as a team we will meet them head on. There is certainly never a dull moment in Formula E!”
“The races in Rome were tough for us, but we took away some points and this is very important to try and do at every race. Our race pace wasn’t where we wanted it in Rome, but we’ve now had some time to work on our package in the factory and we will apply our new data and learnings in Valencia. We have tested each year recently at Valencia, so we know how to compete there. I’m looking forward to improving on our performance from Rome.”
“Rome was exciting, that’s for sure. While I didn’t come away with racing points, I was the fastest of anyone in group qualifying, and that speed and championship point award gives me confidence that we can improve as a team at Valencia. As competitive racers we always look ahead.”