After a stellar performance in the opening round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Abu Dhabi, the Nissan e.dams racing team is heading to the second race scheduled at Marrakesh, Morocco this weekend.
This race will make for the third visit of the Formula E championship to Morocco. Nissan, on the other hand, will be racing for the first time in the north African country. The firm debuted its racing team this season as the championship’s first Japanese manufacturer on the grid. Nissan e.dams drivers Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland finished sixth and seventh respectively in the opening round of Formula E, placing the racing team in fourth place in the team rankings.
Nissan is the first Japanese automaker to mark its spot at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
While Nissan might be new to electric car motorsports, Marrakesh and the Japanese manufacturer are not new to each other. In 2016, Nissan put on the roads the biggest fleet of all-electric vehicles ever seen in Morocco. The 50-vehicle fleet was used as a shuttle service for delegates to show the viability of an electric ecosystem in the country. The firm brought the fleet over for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22).
The upcoming Formula E race in Morocco is the second of a total of 13 races spread over the globe. This gives the Japanese firm a chance to showcase the performance aspect of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Through NIM, the brand intends to alter the way cars are driven, powered, and integrated into the society.
The championship is a chance for Nissan to show that its Nissan Intelligent Mobility program can also be applied to motorsports.
Global motorsports director at Nissan Michael Carcamo said: “We learned a great deal at the opening round, and Nissan, e.dams and NISMO have all been working tirelessly to further develop our chassis and powertrain package.
“The series is providing Nissan with an outstanding platform to show what Nissan Intelligent Mobility is all about, and we’re excited about the challenge ahead in Morocco.
“Marrakesh will also be a great opportunity to see what our test and reserve driver, Mitsunori Takaboshi, and our simulator driver, Jann Mardenborough, can do behind the wheel.”