Formula E Season 5: Nissan Reveals 2018-19 Race Car


Season 5 of Formula E racing promises to be the sport’s biggest yet, with the launch of an all-new, Batmobile-inspired spec racer that can- gasp!- go a full race without the need for drivers to swap cars. Another new twist in the Formula E saga for 2018-19 is increased manufacturer support– a fact that was underscored earlier today, Nissan unveiled the livery for its new race car at Geneva.

You can check out Nissan’s official press release for the new racer, below, which includes a great video about how Nissan took inspiration for the design from the Doppler effect …

 

    Nissan Reveals Livery for its Formula E Debut Season

    GENEVA – Nissan has taken the next steps toward its debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship by revealing its concept livery at the Geneva Motor Show.

    At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan – the world’s leading mass-market zero-emission vehicle manufacturer – announced it would debut in Formula E from season five which is expected to begin in December 2018.

    As part of today’s announcement, Nissan unveiled its color scheme for the season five Formula E car, which features striking new aerodynamics and an entirely new battery and power train package. The livery for Nissan’s Formula E program was designed by Nissan’s Global Design team in Japan.

     

    The Inspiration Behind Nissan’s Formula E Livery

    “At first glance the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Naturally this initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a sense of a form breaking free of resistance and gravity. Formula E racers are virtually silent, with explosive speed bursts thus naturally we turned to Doppler when designing the livery. The combination of the sonic pulse of the Doppler effect and the released power of a sonic boom inspired our celebration of EV Racing!”

    The new package provides more power, more range and eliminates the need for the mid-race car swap which has been used in the first four seasons of the championship.

    “Nissan is proud to be an innovator in electric vehicles on the road with the Nissan LEAF completing more than four billion zero-emission kilometers around the world*,” said Jose Munoz, Chief Performance Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Now, we want to bring that EV expertise to motorsport. The new Formula E car is being shown live in public for the first time this morning, and we’re very excited to reveal Nissan’s livery for our debut. 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.”

    Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the company’s strategy to redefine how its vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.

    While the new Nissan Formula E car livery was revealed for the first time today, work has been underway on developing the all-new technical package for many months as Nissan prepares for its debut.

    Nissan is working with its partner Renault to leverage expertise and development already available, in keeping with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive partnership’s focus on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. Additional details, including structure and drivers, will be announced at a later time.

    “Nissan is bringing a lot to the table with our expertise in EV technology for the road and bringing it to the race track,” said Nissan global motorsport director, Michael Carcamo.
    “The level of competition in the Formula E championship is on the rise and we’re eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead. We’re entering the championship on a level playing field this year with every manufacturer competing with a brand new car, battery and powertrain combination from season five.”

    Season five of the ABB FIA Formula E championship is expected to visit major international cities including Hong Kong, Berlin, Zurich, Rome and New York. The new car that will debut in season five is scheduled to race in the Formula E championship for the next three seasons.

    Further details regarding Nissan’s drivers and other technical and marketing partners for its Formula E debut are expected to be announced later this year.

     

    Nissan Formula E 2018-19 | Official Photos

 

… which, yeah, I guess that’s cool. I’m not sure I’ve ever come up with quite such an elaborate explanation for using the gradient tool in Photoshop, but the corporate PR people have gotta eat, too, so here we are, talking about the Doppler effect. Heck, here’s a link.

One thing I actually did find pretty interesting while looking for more pictures to steal researching this post was this article at Engadget. They’ve put together a behind-the-scenes look at Nissan’s photo-shoot and have 21 amazing, high-resolution shots of the new Formula E racer that might be the best look yet at what’s to come next season. I’ve included my 5 favorites, below, and definitely encourage you to head over there and check out the rest.

 

Engadget Nissan Formula E Gallery

Source | More Photos: Nissan; Engadget.

 

Jo Borrás

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