Nissan e.dams test driver Jann Mardenborough believes his grounding in multiple race disciplines will provide him with a good platform for this weekend’s Marrakesh rookie test.
The 27-year-old told e-racing365 that techniques learned throughout his varied career will help him hit the ground running when he gets his first extended taste of the Gen 2 car on Sunday, Jan. 13.
Mardenborough has raced extensively in both single-seaters and closed-cockpit cars in recent years, including drives in Super GT, Super Formula, GP3 and the Blancpain GT Series.
“There is always a difference between single-seater racing and GT or endurance racing,” he said.
“Even now in the Le Mans 24 Hours you are driving those cars flat-out for hours, so in a way it is similar to traditional single-seater competition.”
Mardenborough drove the Gen 1 Formula E car briefly at Donington Park in 2015 but has so far only had simulator sessions with the current Gen 2 design.
The inaugural GT Academy game-to-race winner will get more experience on the simulator along with Nissan e.dams reserve driver Mitsunori Takaboshi at the team’s Le Mans facility this week.
Mardenborough said that he has received valuable insight into the electric driving style from Formula E race winner Felix Rosenqvist, who on occasion raced against the Englishman in Super GT this year.
“Talking to Felix has been interesting because he was talking about his fuel usage in Super GT,” explained Mardenborough.
“This is because it is always that the first driver in the stint has to manage the fuel for the second driver.
“He was pretty strong at that and I think his experience in Formula E with saving the energy as well as maximizing entry speeds and braking efficiency is what makes Formula E a challenge to learn and be good at it.
“These aspects are interesting to me because each round is different and the teams are figuring out how to get the best efficiency for their cars.”
Mardenborough added that he expects the Gen 2 car’s rear axle brake-by-wire system to be a key part of his adaptation to the new challenge.
“When I went on the simulator your driving style is very different to normal driver techniques,” he said.
“The brake pressure is the most difficult thing to get your head around especially when you have been driving for such a long time and you’ve been told from a young age to have a peak in your brake pressure.
“In Formula E you can’t do that because if you peak too much and you lock then you lose all the efficiency in the braking zones and the regen doesn’t work.”
Takaboshi will drive the second e.dams car in Marrakesh, while all but two of the rookie test entries have now been confirmed.