October 23, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

Nissan’s Formula E car gets kimono-themed livery

Formula E, Leaf Nismo RC cars to present Japanese DNA

Ahead of the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Nissan unveiled the new race car livery to celebrate the brand’s Japanese heritage and vibrant technology DNA.

Nissan’s Formula E car will don a new, Japan-inspired look. The red, black, and white design are inspired by the Japanese kimono garment, a traditional symbol of longevity and good fortune. It will also be featured on the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, the dual electric-motor performance vehicle based on the Nissan Leaf electric car.

“As we approach the beginning of our second season of Formula E competition, our design team proposed a new look, one that celebrates our Japanese heritage and vibrant technology DNA,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. “We used our iconic Nissan racing red, black and white colors layered diagonally in a kimono pattern, which creates a dynamic and powerful impression.”

Highlights of season five included achieving second in the championship, six podium finishes (including the last five races), six pole positions (the most for any team), and 16 Super Pole qualifying appearances combined by Buemi and Rowland, making Nissan e.dams the best qualifying team in the championship. The team ended the season with its first-ever victory during the final race weekend in New York.

Nissan has developed an updated powertrain for season six, in line with new series regulations. It replaces the dual electric-motor system that delivered record-setting results for Nissan e.dams in season five.

“The second season is sometimes harder than the first,” said Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsports director. “With a major change to a single-motor solution, we had plenty to do in the off-season. We’ll use everything we learned from season five to improve our package, with an even greater emphasis on battery and energy management.”

Season six of Formula E will kick off next month in Saudi Arabia. Fourteen races will be held in 12 cities, with the final double-header round taking place in London. New venues this season include Seoul, Jakarta, and the London circuit, which runs inside the Excel London exhibition center.

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