BY YESMAN ANTOH–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS- AFTER A solid points haul in Rome, the Nissan e.dams team heads to Paris this week with its sights set on challenging for victory in the ‘City of Light.’
Nissan e.dams took fifth and sixth place in Rome with Swiss former series champion Sebastien Buemi leading home his British teammate Oliver Rowland.
The team scored its first podium in the all-electric street racing championship at the previous round in China, and now Buemi and Rowland want to add their name to the growing list of Formula E race winners in season five.
Remarkably seven different drivers and seven different teams have claimed victory this season – highlighting the remarkable competitiveness of the championship.
Nissan e.dams has become a consistent performer over the past two rounds with both Buemi and Rowland scoring points in each race. Nissan is one of only two teams to get both of their cars into the top ten at the checkered flag in Sanya, China and Rome, Italy.
The team’s haul of 44 points in the past two rounds is also the second most points scored by any team in China and Italy.
This weekend’s race will be held on the 14-turn, 1.93-kilometer Circuit des Invalides layout which runs adjacent to Paris’ famous Les Invalides building complex.
While chasing success on the track in Europe, Nissan is already leading the pack for electric vehicles on the road. The LEAF was the best-selling electric car in Europe in 2018. The recently unveiled Nissan LEAF e+, with increased range and power, is now available for order in Europe.
Nissan is using Formula E to demonstrate the power and performance of its electric vehicle technology – a key part of the company’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.
Customers globally have bought more than 400,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles since the model first went on sale in 2010, making it the world’s best-selling electric car of all time.
A Nissan’s global motorsports Director, Mr Michael Carcamo said “We’ve had two very strong rounds in the past month, and we want to continue that performance this week in Paris.”
The Nissan e.dams team is based in France and Nissan’s management team for the Formula E program is actually here in Paris.
“But every team in this championship is continuing to raise their game every week. The level of intensity continues to rise, and we’re taking everything we learn from every lap to continue to improve our powertrain and systems.”
The race day action in Paris begins at 7:30 a.m. local time on April 27. The 45-minute (plus one lap) race is scheduled for 4:04 p.m.
Nissan e.dams’ Team Principal, Mr Jean-Paul Driot said of course “we want to win in Paris that would be brilliant, but we want to win every race we enter adding that we are pleased with our performance by both our drivers and the entire team, but we’re continuing to leave no stone unturned to make further improvements.”
BY YESMAN ANTOH, NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, BUSINESS & POLITICAL, GLOBAL CORRESPONDENT