Nissan’s first Formula E car is believed to feature key aspects of its powertrain from McLaren Applied Technologies.
E-racing365 understands that the Japanese manufacturer is likely to be working with the British company ahead of its foray into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with e.dams in the upcoming season.
The motors of the Gen 2 car, which will end its development testing program this week, are believed to be part of a technical package provided by the company.
Renault e.dams used Zytek Automotive motors and inverters until the French manufacturer ended its involvement with the program at the end of last season to give way to Nissan.
It had used the Zytek hardware in conjunction with a McLaren ECU since Season Two.
A switch in suppliers for the new car is believed to have been made last year when the move from Renault to Nissan was formalized.
When contacted by e-racing365 for comment about the team using MAT technology, Nissan Global Motorsports Director Michael Carcamo said: “Nissan has been developing its powertrain with various suppliers, all of which are under [non-disclosure agreements].”
MAT will supply all teams with the Gen 2 battery, which has 54 kWh of useable energy to ensure drivers can complete the full race distance with one car for the first time, having provided the entire grid of motors and inverters in Season One and also supplying a common ECU in recent seasons.
E-racing365 also understands that the Nissan powertrain could be the only one on the grid to feature a unique twin-motor configuration.
Vincent Gaillardot, who was instrumental in Renault e.dams’ successful first three seasons, remains in the technical lead.
Gaillardot and his team were particularly adept at reducing the weight of the powertrain and maximizing the low center of gravity at the rear of the cars, making the possibility of using two motors a major surprise should it be true.
Nissan is set to feature several new engineers after the departure of some key technical staff over the summer.