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No Homologation Extension Request for Nissan

Nissan e.dams will not require a homologation extension for next season’s powertrain…

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Nissan e.dams will not request an extension to the homologation date of its 2019-20 Formula E powertrain.

The Japanese manufacturer has been forced at a late stage to change its technical plans for Season Six after the FIA outlawed twin-MGU designs earlier this month.

The decision has left Nissan e.dams with approximately three months to modify and test its design before the homologation deadline at the end of August.

“Another week or two, or even a month, is not going to radically change the design. You know we have to look beyond just next season,” Nissan global motorsport director Michael Carcamo told e-racing365.

“Just to be completely transparent, we have been monitoring and watching all teams’ solutions through the year, so it’s not like we are starting from a zero standpoint.

“We just have to change our concept and philosophy for Season Six.

“But once [the change in the regulation regarding MGUs] was made clear, we proceeded to develop the Season Six powertrain.”

Carcamo explained that with the present rules-set having being extended for an additional season, Nissan e.dams has to have a long-term view on the development of its powertrain.

“With the fourth year now, we have to look at Seasons Six, Seven and Eight and so now we have both short-term and long-term objectives,” he explained.

E-racing365 understands that Nissan e.dams will continue to use the same team and key suppliers for next season’s design which will be overseen by vastly experienced technical director Vincent Gaillardot.

Carcamo reiterated that, despite the change of plan and subsequent delays, most of the 2019-20 package is expected to test shortly.

“We’ve had some initial [testing], but obviously we have had to delay some physical track tests in order to continue the design development, and the changes that need to be incorporated,” he said.

No Agreement Struck with FIA

Carcamo denied the notion that the team agreed with the FIA to stop its twin-MGU development prior to posting its e-vote on the future of such designs before the ban was ratified at the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

Pressure on Nissan and subsequently the FIA mounted during the season at several tense Technical Working Group meetings between manufacturers.

These took place after some rival manufacturers discussed the possibility of protesting the already homologated Nissan IM01 cars of Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland should clarity on how they were applying their unique design not be addressed.

Several manufacturers believed that the Nissan cars were applying their power on the track using a secondary energy source, with one of its MGUs spinning up at a different speed to the other.

The second key area of concern was specifically how the two MGUs were physically connected.

The FIA studied data from the cars midway through the season, but the governing body did not release any findings of the studies to teams or answer requests for interviews from e-racing365 at the time.

“There’s a collective agreement amongst all the teams around what we should do. It’s a unanimous system to change regulations and there’s ten other players doing something the same style,” said Carcamo.

“I can tell you that we have spent a significant amount of resources and time to be 100 percent transparent in showing, sharing and explaining data, which is not an easy process.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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