Nissan e.dams has launched its second ABB FIA Formula E championship car, the IM02, which will be raced by Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland in the 2019-20 season.
The car features a radically different livery to its predecessor and its color scheme incorporates more use of the red which has been seen in many factory-run Nissan programs in the past.
The fresh design is inspired by the Japanese kimono garment, a traditional symbol of longevity and good fortune. It will also be featured on the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the dual electric-motor performance vehicle based on the Nissan LEAF electric car.
“As we approach the beginning of our second season of Formula E competition, our design team proposed a new look, one that celebrates our Japanese heritage and vibrant technology DNA,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design.
“We used our iconic Nissan racing red, black and white colors layered diagonally in a kimono pattern, which creates a dynamic and powerful impression.”
The announcements were made via a launch at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan on Tuesday and come ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show which begins on Thursday.
Nissan is expected to make several announcements at the show, one of which will be its new IMk electric city concept car.
Nissan e.dams faced a race against time in the Formula E off-season after it was forced in to a redesign of its powertrain.
This was due to the FIA outlawing twin-MGU designed powertrains following pressure from rival manufacturers regarding the application of its power last season.
Nissan’s global motorsports director Michael Carcamo told e-racing365 in Valencia last week that the team had “flawlessly” readied and developed the modified design.
“The second season is sometimes harder than the first,” commented Carcamo.
“With a major change to a single-motor solution, we had plenty to do in the off-season. We’ll use everything we learned from season five to improve our package, with an even greater emphasis on battery and energy management.”
Nissan e.dams had a successful first Formula E season in 2018-19 scoring five pole positions, fourth place in the teams’ standings and a breakthrough victory for Sebastien Buemi in July’s New York City E-Prix.