Nissan was the primary firm to deliver a contemporary electrical automobile to market with its 2011 Leaf, so maybe it should not come as a shock that the automaker has simply introduced at Wednesday’s Tokyo Motor Present that it plans to develop into the primary Japanese model to affix the FIA’s all-electric Method E racing championship.
Starting with the fifth season beginning in late 2018, Nissan will be part of the worldwide street-circuit racing collection. Its entrance will come simply in time to enter the fray when the collection inaugurates new chassis and battery specs.
Nissan’s Alliance companion, Renault, is already a profitable presence in Method E, having taken house the producer’s trophy within the 2016-2017 season.
You will not discover any Nissans on this Method E fracas, however come 2018, you’ll.
Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s government vice chairman of worldwide advertising and marketing and gross sales, zero-emission automobiles and battery enterprise, mentioned, “Nissan would be the first Japanese model to enter this rising championship… it would give us a worldwide platform for bringing our pioneering Nissan Clever Mobility technique to a brand new technology of racing followers.”
Presently, Method E consists of ten groups campaigning two drivers every, however the collection is poised for appreciable development, notably as automakers hunt down less-costly alternate options to Le Mans Prototype hybrid racing. In July, BMW introduced plans to affix Method E in season 5, and later that month, fellow German automakers Mercedes-Benz and Porsche adopted go well with by confirming plans for their very own groups to compete within the sixth season beginning in 2019. Audi confirmed its Method E racer simply final month, and the 4 Rings’ vehicles hit the circuit starting in December.
To this point, Nissan has declined to supply a lot in the best way of particulars relating to its nascent Method E effort, together with any dialogue of group leaders, drivers or different partnerships. Nevertheless, it guarantees extra particulars might be obtainable nearer to the beginning of first season of competitors.