Renault has confirmed that it will pass on its manufacturer and team slot in the FIA Formula E Championship to sister brand Nissan for the 2018/19 season.
The French manufacturer, which formed the current Renault-Nissan alliance with the Japanese marque in 1999, will concentrate on its factory Formula One team and engine operations.
A statement from Renault confirmed the news this morning, just a few hours after Nissan issued the news it will be racing beginning in Season Five.
“We had an incredible championship run during our first three years in Formula E and look forward to a competitive fourth season with the benefit of a very stable environment at Renault e.dams,” said Thierry Koskas, Groupe Renault EVP sales & marketing.
“As a pioneer in EV, we have learned a tremendous amount about high-performance electric vehicles and energy management that directly benefits our EV customers.
“After Season Four we will focus resources on our aggressive goals for Formula 1 and we look forward to continuing to gain benefits from motorsport racing across the Alliance with Nissan.”
Renault e.dams has been the most successful manufacturer/team partnerships in Formula E with three teams’ titles and a drivers’ championship for Sebastien Buemi, with the team having scored 15 victories since the championship’s inception in 2014.
It’s unclear whether e.dams will run the Nissan operation.
Buemi and Nicolas Prost are currently signed with e.dams through Season Five, although it’s understood the team could be part of the transition and launch to Nissan.
One leading candidate to potentially drive for the Nissan Formula E team would be current Super Formula racer Jann Mardenborough.
The ‘gamer to racer’ who has been a NISMO Athlete for more than five years, was involved in Formula E’s own gaming program in 2016.