Nissan confirms Formula E entry, to replace Renault in Season 5
After months of speculations, it has been confirmed that Nissan will takeover Renault e.dams slot in the FIA Formula E series from Season 5 onward.
The French manufacturer has been part of the all-electric series since its conception and has since won three manufacturers' titles in the three seasons - with Sebastien Buemi also taking the drivers' title in Season 2.
However, the 2017-18 season will be its last in the championship, with Nissan becoming the first Japanese manufacturer to field a factory team in Formula E.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “To have a name like Nissan coming on board is a momentous day for the series.
"Not only is it great to welcome a new manufacturer to the Formula E family - it’s great to see our first Japanese manufacturer entering the frame, showing truly how global the electric revolution is.
"Japan is a country at the forefront of new technologies with one of the biggest followings of Formula E. The shift towards sustainable mobility is in motion and it’s unstoppable. I look forward to seeing the Nissan logo adorned on the new-look cars for Season Five."
Nissan's Daniele Schillaci added: "As the ultimate expression of the thrill of instant acceleration and agile handling that’s at the heart of Nissan zero-emission driving, Nissan is going to electrify the Formula E championship.
"Nissan will be the first Japanese brand to enter this growing championship, bringing our long history of motorsports success to the Formula E grid. It will give us a global platform for bringing our pioneering Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy to a new generation of racing fans.
"Nissan’s DNA is rich in innovation in electric mobility, not to mention a long history of success in motorsports. It makes sense that we bring these two core elements together by competing in Formula E.”
The global alliance between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi is allowing for the change to happen, with the Japanese manufacturer making a logical entry - being the world's largest electric car maker.
Renault's Thierry Koskas stated: "We had an incredible championship run during our first three years in Formula E and look forward to a competitive fourth season with the benefit of a very stable environment at Renault e.dams.
"As a pioneer in EV, we have learned a tremendous amount about high-performance electric vehicles and energy management that directly benefits our EV customers.
"Across the Alliance [Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi], our engineering teams will be able to share performance data that benefits all brands.
"Diversifying our racing strategy while still benefiting from the experience we gain from our motorsport programs, is one of the resource multipliers of being part of the Alliance," he added.
It remains to be seen if DAMS will continue to be part of Formula E with Nissan after Season 4. It recently had left the GP3 Series to concentrate on the all-electric championship.
On the driver front, while Buemi and Nico Prost will race for the team in 2017-18 season, the line-up could see a change from Season 5 - with Nissan maybe wanting to put a driver from its own pool.