Nissan has officially revealed the livery it will run on its Formula E cars when it joins the electric single-seater series for the 2018/19 season. With alliance partner Renault leaving to focus on its Formula 1 efforts with its works team, Nissan will become the first Japanese manufacturer to race in the series.
The black, silver and red colour scheme was shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show on the second-generation Formula E car which was launch at the event.
"At first glance, the season five Formula E car looked to our design team like an EV-powered supersonic bird in flight," said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design.
"This initial reaction from the team started us on a path that captured a sense of a form breaking free of resistance and gravity.
"Formula E racers are virtually silent, with explosive speed bursts. Thus, naturally, we turned to Doppler when designing the livery. The combination of the sonic pulse of the Doppler effect and the released power of a sonic boom inspired our celebration of EV racing."
Nissan's Formula E entry is its first move back into a major international racing category since it abandoned its failed LMP1 project at the end of 2015.
Michael Carcamo, Nissan's global motorsport director, explained that manufacturer was eager to get stuck into the electric racing series’ closely matched competition.
"Nissan is bringing a lot to the table with our expertise in EV technology for the road and bringing it to the race track," he said.
"The level of competition in the Formula E championship is on the rise, and we're eagerly awaiting the unique engineering challenge ahead. We're entering the championship on a level-playing field this year, with every manufacturer competing with a brand-new car, battery and powertrain combination from season five.”