The redesign and subsequent development of the single-motor design forced upon Nissan e.dams for the coming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season has been met, according to one of the team’s leading figures.
Francois Sicard, managing director of the DAMS team that operates as e.dams in Formula E, believes that a combination of continuity in design staff and suppliers and the inherent concept of Nissan’s powertrain helped it to adapt at short notice.
The FIA controversially outlawed twin-motor designs in Formula E for 2019-20 after driving through the regulation in reaction to concerns from Nissan’s rival manufacturers on effective policing and cost impacts of its innovative technical solution last season.
This meant that Nissan e.dams had just three months prior to the Valencia group test last month to ready its new package.
“We were not completely starting from scratch because we had some experienced people who were already involved with the single motor when we were in racing with the Renault engine, the Renault solution, which gave us already some reference,” Sicard told e-racing365.
“We have the good concept from Nissan, so for sure, we have some fine tuning to do, some adjustment, but to be honest, at the moment, we are pretty happy with the level of development we have already achieved.
“It was not an easy task and to take up the challenge was really something,” said Sicard.
“But everybody from Nissan and from e.dams worked very hard to make it happen and so far it [has] run pretty smoothly, so we are already looking really at the performance.”
Sicard also said that the tight deadlines imposed on it redesigning and developing its 2019-20 package were “critical”.
“Normally we are more focused on finding and solving reliability issues, but it looks like [that stage] is already behind us, which we were not expecting, so at the moment [we are] really positive and really happy with the situation,” he said.
“[The deadlines] were so critical, but finally we managed pretty well within the organisation to make sure that we were ready on time. The challenge was big, but finally we made it.”
Sebastien Buemi set the fifth fastest qualifying simulation over the three days of testing at Valencia.
The Season Two champion also won the second trial race on Friday and set the best average lap time during the race in the process.