Strong debut race for first series Japanese manufacturer
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Nissan e.dams has kicked off its ABB FIA Formula E electric street racing championship campaign with an impressive points haul as the first-ever Japanese brand in the series.
Nissan debuted as the newest manufacturer to join the championship with Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi and British driver Oliver Rowland finishing sixth and seventh respectively in the opening round of the series – the Ad Diriyah ePrix.
The Formula E championship showcases electric mobility in major city centres around the world, and Nissan is using the series to demonstrate the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the brand's vision for how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
After having spent the past two years preparing for its Formula E debut, the global EV sales leader had to wait even longer to finally hit the track today after heavy rain cancelled the opening practice session.
Delays in the schedule resulted in a revised qualifying format being run with the 22 cars split into two groups of 11, instead of the traditional four groups of cars and a separate "super pole" session.
Weekend highlights for Nissan included Buemi qualifying third fastest and running as high as second in the race at the start. Rowland gained seven spots in the race after qualifying 14th and Nissan e.dams finish its debut weekend sitting in fourth place in the points.
"After more than two years of planning and building our Formula E program, everyone at Nissan is very proud to come away from our first race with such a strong result," said Michael Carcamo, Nissan's global motorsports director.
"Sixth and seventh is a strong performance for the team on debut, and we understand where we need to improve. We'll be working hard to take those steps for the next round in Marrakesh.
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