Nissan’s global director of motorsport Michael Carcamo has refuted the suggestion that the recent outlawing of twin-MGU powertrains could thwart technical creativity in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Nissan e.dams is the sole entrant using such a system in Formula E this season and is also set to be the last for the foreseeable future after the FIA elected to outlaw the concept for 2019-20.
The shake-out from long discussions between the FIA, manufacturers and the promoters of Formula E earlier this season was a unanimously voted-for agreement for only single MGUs to be allowed next season.
“I think it’s the opposite [of stifling creativity],” Carcamo told e-racing365.
“Because you’ll find in most instances in any engineering endeavour or any innovative endeavour when you narrow the scope, you get more innovation.
“Now ten people can only work on a one motor solution, I guarantee you the elements that each individual team will focus on being better at and finding solutions for, will drive the innovation of that component.
“If our goal is to drive EV powertrain efficiency, then you will have [all] ten teams working on that problem rather than worrying about ‘Do I need to choose this system or that system’.
“I think you’ll find innovative solutions accelerate more by the focussing of the regulations.”
Carcamo denied that the rerouting of Nissan’s Season Six powertrain plans was a topic of frustration despite the outlawing passed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council coming just 12 weeks before new season cars are homologated.
“[It is] not frustration at all because to be honest with you if we didn’t win a race and we won a championship I wouldn’t be upset,” he said.
“You know, a win, a P1 is clearly something that everyone wants and it’s much more of an emotional issue. But the practical issue is how do you win a championship.
“I would love my drivers to be at the top, I’d like the team to be at the top.
“That we won’t have the chance to develop this solution further, maybe that’s the only point of wishing that we had more time, because it is a complex [technology] which comes with its own penalties which we suffered at the beginning of the year.
“But you can see that the trend and the pace has been quite good in the development of the technology. I wish we had more time that’s all.”