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Nissan: Season Five Marks a “Watershed” for Formula E’s Growth

The second generation of Formula E car, which will provide a one car/one race format for Formula E races, was crucial in ensuring that Nissan entered the championship….

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The second-generation Formula E car, which will provide a one car/one race format, was crucial for Nissan committing to the all-electric championship, according to its motorsports boss Michael Carcamo.

The Japanese manufacturer announced last week that it will enter the FIA Formula E Championship in place of sister brand Renault, which confirmed it will concentrate on its Formula One team and engine programs.

Carcamo, the Global Motorsports Director for Nissan, believes the technical road map implemented by the FIA, with the input of Formula E Holdings Ltd, set the scene for the recent influx of OEMs into the championship.

“The timing for us around Season Five was crucial and really marks a watershed for Formula E and its growth,” Carcamo told e-racing-365.

“In those five years of development, it has grown very strong but more importantly the technical roadmap for Seasons Five, Six and Seven for us is very attractive as we move from the two-car to the one-car format with a much larger battery and higher power output.

“This is where we see ourselves being, and it is more relevant for the production car side of things too. So the right time is here to converge what we do with road cars and a bit of racing.”

Formula E cars will have a significant usable energy and power increase beginning next year.

A new 54 KwH battery and a peak power output of 250 kW has attracted several new manufacturers for 2018, including BMW, Mercedes and Porsche, and now Nissan.

Carcamo was quick to praise Formula E for making sure that important criteria were in place to attract manufacturers.

“I have to commend Formula E and the way they have gone about working with manufacturers,” he said. “The openness, transparency, availability of data has been vital for us to make some informed decisions.”

The FIA has a rigid technical road map in place until the end of the seventh season of the championship in 2021 and also organizes regular technical working group meetings in addition to the manufacturer working group events that have taken place since mid-2015.

“This didn’t happen overnight, this investigation and study started well over two years ago, so it is the culmination of a lot of work by many people,” Carcamo said.

“Formula E has done a great job as an organizer and as a promoter to bring OEMs together to talk. They are always willing to listen and I think that is a huge step forward in how a series is run.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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