Nissan: Nissan e.dams continues progress in Formula E testing

Day 2 report: Sebastien Buemi finishes the afternoon session third fastest in Valencia

VALENCIA, Spain Nissan e.dams has completed the second day of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship official preseason test with Sebastien Buemi finishing the afternoon session third fastest in Valencia.

Buemi recorded a time of 1 minute, 17.473 seconds in the final session of the day – only 0.131 of a second off the fastest time.

Earlier the Swiss driver topped the times in the first session after lunch. His time aboard the No. 23 car was the fourth fastest time overall for the day.

Buemi won the Formula E driver’s championship in season two and holds the series records for most wins, poles and fastest race laps. The e.dams team is a three-time team’s championship winner.

The Nissan e.dams team has one more day of testing on Friday when the official series preseason test comes to a close.

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series and as the global leader in electric cars, with more than 365,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold.

Nissan’s Formula E program will show a new “performance side” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

SEBASTIEN BUEMI – Nissan e.dams driver
“It was a very positive day for the team, and we will be ready for the final day of testing coming up on Friday.

“Today we managed to gather a lot of data that the team will analyze tomorrow in preparation for the final day.

“Everyone is learning more about new cars with every lap and I feel we are moving in the right direction.”

MICHAEL CARCAMO – Nissan global motorsport director
“Seb and everyone on the Nissan e.dams team did a great job today, and we’re very pleased with the progress today.

“To see the No. 23 at the top of the timesheet after lunch was great. Our objective was to work through our test items while evaluating the other team’s progression.

“While tomorrow the cars rest, it will be a busy day for the engineers and mechanic to put all the learning together for Friday.”

DAY 1 REPORT (Oct. 16)

Nissan has made its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E championship with former series champion Sebastien Buemi tasked with shaking down both cars today at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Buemi was ninth fastest in the morning session and improved one spot in the afternoon to set the eighth fastest time of the day with a time of 1:18.100.

The Formula E victory, pole position, and fastest race lap record holder drove both cars today as Nissan e.dams officially debuted its “Gen 2” Formula E car.

The new Formula E cars – which feature a new battery, powertrain, inverter, tires, gearbox and aerodynamics – proved to be significantly faster than the previous generation car. Buemi’s fastest time was 3.722 seconds faster than last year’s fastest overall time at the Valencia pre-season test.

As the first Japanese company to enter Formula E, Nissan has drawn on its track record of selling more than 365,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles since introducing the model in 2010. The company has used its experience building electric vehicles for the road to develop the all-new powertrain for its Formula E race car, which features a bespoke electric motor, inverter, and gearbox.

Testing at Valencia continues tomorrow with two sessions from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.


SEBASTIEN BUEMI – Nissan e.dams driver

“We had a lot of things to test, and it was our first time to see where we stand compared to the rest of the competition.

“It has been a positive day. I’m quite happy because we were able to test lots of things and we have a lot of data to analyze.

“I’m pleased with the performance because I know we could have ended up a lot better. I’m not massively happy with P8, but I know we had quite a bit of margin and that is the most important thing. I feel we can compete with the top guys.

“It is still difficult to know where we are compared to the opposition because you don’t know how much power they are using or whether they are doing a race simulation.

“But the fastest lap is generally done with maximum power, and in that regard, we don’t look too bad.”

MICHAEL CARCAMO – Nissan global motorsport director

“We’ve been working on our Formula E program for quite some time, and it was a thrill for everyone at Nissan to finally see our cars on track.

“We know the competition is very intense in this championship and we have realistic expectations for our first week on track with all the other manufacturers and teams.

“However, we were certainly pleased to see Sebastien P4 on the timesheets with 15 minutes to go before some of our rivals went for a time at the end of the day.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on track tomorrow and recording more valuable development miles.”

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