The new Nissan Formula E team will not follow Porsche and Mercedes’ strategy of embedding engineers or considering a ‘sleeper team’ ahead of its launch into the series for Season Five, according to its motorsports boss Michael Carcamo.
The Japanese manufacturer will, however, use time between races to evaluate technical and operational procedures to ready itself for taking over the slot currently occupied by its fellow Alliance group brand Renault.
Carcamo, Nissan’s Global Director of Motorsport, is set to attend Formula E races immediately, beginning with the season-opening double header in Hong Kong in December.
Carcamo said Nissan will “leverage information” from Renault e.dams without “destabilizing” its Season Four campaign.
“Season Four is purely a Renault e.dams season and we won’t interfere with that process at all and specifically not at race weekends. We will respect that,” he told e-racing365.
“But as we leverage information and technology they have learnt, then post-event there is great opportunity for us to learn.
“We hope that this collaboration and integration will develop as quickly as possible. Still, there are many details still to work out between the groups.”
At the same time Carcamo was keen to stress that Nissan, as are all other brands within the Alliance group, operate independently.
“All of the brands are independent, whether it is Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi or Infiniti, they are all independent brands, and although we consult and discuss strategic projects with each other we all make our own choices,” he said.
“So our decision is independent of theirs and we have to make this very clear.”
Much of the coordination of Nissan’s integration into Formula E will come from its central European base in Paris, as well as the NISMO offices in Japan.
With e.dams based in Le Mans and Renault Sport on the southern outskirts of Paris in Viry-Châtillon, the plan for Carcamo to relocate to Paris last summer set in motion the final links that culminated with today’s announcement that Nissan will take over Renault’s manufacturer slot in the championship.
Carcamo took time to pay tribute to Renault e.dams’ achievements, which has seen the French squad score a hat-trick of team titles and claim almost a 50 percent strike rate in race wins.
“There is no doubt that the bar has been set very high by [Renault e.dams] and that is why we know what their capability and we know too what is possible,” he said.
“This is why our targets are clear and we definitely want to uphold the alliance’s efforts and achievements in Formula E.”
On the driver front, Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost have signed deals with Renault e.dams until the end of Season Five in 2019, but it remains unclear whether it’s exclusive to e.dams continuing to run the operation or a separate entity potentially stepping in.
When asked about future drivers, Carcamo said “all possibilities are open.”
“We have of course a lot of talented drivers in the Nissan stable whether that is in Super GT or GT3, so we will look at those assets for the project,” he said. “But this decision will come quite a bit further down the line.”