Nissan unveiled the livery of its new Gen3 single-seater that will compete in FIA’s Formula E Championship. The company opted for a red and white theme that in combination with the Shell sponsor logo looks similar to the iconic Ferrari colors in Formula 1. The new “cherry blossom pattern” however is a unique touch honoring Nissan’s Japanese origin.
The cherry blossom – also known as Sakura – is a common sight in the Japanese countryside. Blossoming of the cherry trees starts in February, signaling the coming of spring. For Nissan, the pink flowers on a white background symbolize the new beginnings for Formula E in the wake of the Gen3 era.
The new single-seater is called Nissan e-4ORCE 04, promoting the all-wheel-drive powertrain of production EVs like the Nissan Ariya. The company didn’t announce specs, but the Gen3 racers will produce up to 469 hp (350 kW / 476 PS), featuring a significantly stronger energy regeneration system while weighing less than their predecessors.
This year, the team also announced a new lineup including French driver Norman Nato in the #17 car, and French-Argentine driver Sacha Fenestraz in the #23 car. Both will get a chance to try the Gen3 Formula E during pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on December 13-16. Season 9 will have 17 races on the calendar, more than any previous Formula E season.
Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer said: “Season 9 marks a new era for Nissan’s participation in the championship. It will be our fifth competing in Formula E but our first as one team. We have a long history in racing, and we also love to dare to do what others don’t. Our new livery celebrates our Japanese heritage and I’m certain that the design will stand out on track like never before.”
Besides Shell which continues its partnership with Nissan providing E-fluids and charging stations, the Woolmark Company joins as a technical partner. The new sponsor developed the new Nissan Formula E Team uniform made of Merino wool.
Nissan joined the Formula E championship in Season 5 (2018/2019) and in April 2022 it acquired the e.dams race team taking full ownership of its Formula E involvement. The Japanese automaker has confirmed its commitment to the Gen3 era of electric single-seaters from season 9 (2022/2023) to the end of season 12 (2025/2026). Throughout this period, Nissan will also supply electric powertrains to McLaren Racing.