Nissan Motor acquires e.dams racing team

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2022/04/12

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan today announced the acquisition of racing team e.dams, taking full ownership of its participation in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The team is currently based in Le Mans, France and will continue racing as planned in Season 8.

Nissan’s participation in Formula E supports the company’s long-term commitment to electrification and sustainability Nissan’s 2030 Ambition plan. This acquisition is therefore a natural step for the Japanese equipment manufacturer to take full control of its Formula E project.

Nissan entered the series in 2018 in partnership with e.dams, with the two companies competing in the all-electric championship together as the Nissan e.dams Formula E team. In March 2021, the Japanese automaker announced its entry into the Formula E Gen3 era, which will run from season 9 (2022/23) until the end of season 12 (2025/26) of the series.

The change of ownership and the new management structure will take place with immediate effect. Tommaso Volpe, Managing Director of Nissan Formula E, will also become Managing Director of e.dams.

“These are exciting times for all of us at Nissan, our fans and our customers around the world,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer. “We’ve been on the grid for over 85 years, and our desire to win continually accelerates us. We’re learning as we race, and the relentless pace of technological progression that drives the Formula E championship will provide us with new opportunities. many opportunities to inform and develop even better cars for customers.

“The acquisition of the e.dams team reconfirms not only our long-term commitment to Formula E, but also to the exciting and high-performance world of motorsport as a whole. But we don’t just love racing. We “We are also passionate about delivering innovative and exciting driving experiences while demonstrating our commitment to zero-emissions and sustainable solutions. This acquisition will further empower us to achieve our strategic electrification goals for our business.”

Nissan is participating in this all-electric world championship to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global and diverse audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and product lifecycle by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify all of its new vehicle offerings by early 2030s in key markets. The Japanese automaker aims to contribute its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the Formula E circuit and the road for better electric vehicles for customers.

“I am delighted that Nissan is taking over e.dams and today we are thinking of Jean-Paul Driot who, together with Nissan, had the vision for the team and helped develop our partnership,” said Volpe. “Since his death in 2019, Olivier and Grégory Driot have taken over and continued their father’s legacy of success. It was a pleasure to work together and I would like to thank them for their commitment and support.

“This is an important step in our Formula E project. As the pinnacle of all-electric racing, Formula E gives us an attractive global platform from which we can show customers that vehicles are not only fun and exciting, but also that Nissan continues to be at the forefront of EV technology. We were happy to enter the sport in 2018 in partnership with e.dams. We had a strong and fruitful collaboration , and we’ve learned a lot from their long experience on the show. We have a fantastic team in place, and we look forward to building on our success and experience together as a team, and starting this new chapter of our involvement in Formula E.”

Olivier and Grégory Driot also commented: “We are very proud to hand over the e.dams team to a company as committed and innovative as Nissan. We have had several open discussions over the past few months with Nissan and have decided that now is the right time for them to take the reins and continue our family’s legacy and secure the long-term future of employees. .

“Since the passing of our father, it has been an honor for us to partner with a global brand such as Nissan in Formula E and we are proud of what we have achieved together. We would like to thank all the staff at e. dams for their hard work and commitment over the years and we wish Nissan all the best for the rest of Season 8 and beyond.”

About Nissan in Formula E

Nissan made its all-electric racing debut in Season 5 (2018/19) of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, becoming the first and only Japanese manufacturer to compete in the series.

For the current season (Season 8), high-achieving veteran Sebastien Buemi remains with the team for his fourth season, having joined Nissan e.dams since the start of his Formula E adventure in 2018. The Swiss driver teams up with rising star Maximilian Günther, who joined the team in September 2021. The German rider has already shown good pace in the championship with three race wins and a second podium finish.

The team continues to tie its presence in the all-electric championship to Nissan’s on-road electric vehicles. Buemi is once again racing in his #23 Nissan Ariya, named after the Japanese automaker’s all-new electric crossover SUV. Günther takes over the Nissan LEAF #22, named after the brand’s famous electric vehicle, first launched in 2010.

Nissan is a world expert in the design and manufacture of exciting all-electric vehicles. With more than 500,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold since the model’s launch in 2010, Nissan has used its existing experience in electric vehicles to develop its Formula E race car.

In turn, lessons learned on the racetrack are helping to shape the next generations of electric vehicles from the Japanese automaker, with the sleek and capable Ariya all-electric crossover SUV launching in 2021.

About e.dams

With three team championship titles, e.dams is the most successful team in Formula E. The team has gained extensive all-electric racing experience in competition since the start of the series.

The e.dams racing team was created in 2014 to compete in Formula E by Jean-Paul Driot, founder of DAMS. Partnering with four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost and Renault to create Renault e.dams, the team won three teams’ titles as well as a drivers’ title with Sébastien Buemi in the 2015/16 season.

Nissan became a partner and shareholder of e.dams in 2018 at the start of the fifth season to create Nissan e.dams. In their first season together, they scored six podiums, five pole positions and an inaugural victory in New York with Buemi.

In Formula E’s sixth season, Nissan e.dams added an extra pole and five podium finishes as driver Oliver Rowland claimed his first Formula E win at the penultimate round in Berlin.

For the current season of the series (Season 8), Buemi runs alongside his new teammate Maximilian Günther.

More information

Please visit Global.NissanNews.com/FormulaEPressKit

contacts

Maria C. De Juana
Communications Manager, Nissan Global Motorsports
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Sophie Roulatt
Press officer, Nissan global motorsports
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