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Nissan Formula E Team takes historic pole and podium in maiden Tokyo E-Prix

02 Apr 2024
  • What impact does Rowland's pole position and Nissan's commitment to Formula E have on the future of electric racing?
  • Can Nissan Formula E Team Maintain Momentum for Championship Contention?

Nissan Formula E Team continued its strong form as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship visited the squad’s home country for the first time, with Oliver Rowland taking pole position and second place in the first ever Tokyo E-Prix. Coming into the race off the back of consecutive podium finishes in Diriyah and São Paulo, both Rowland and the team were feeling confident ahead of the series’ Japanese debut.

Nissan Secures Pole Position as Team Commits to Formula E Future

Nissan Secures Pole Position as Team Commits to Formula E Future

The British driver backed up his recent performances by going quickest in Qualifying Group A, before setting the fastest time in all three stages of the Duels to clinch his second Julius Baer Pole Position of the season. Having held the lead for the majority of the race, Rowland dropped to second in an effort to save energy, attacking for the win in the final laps. Despite getting alongside the leader, he was unable to re-claim the position, having to settle for second.

Meanwhile, after a frustrating qualifying, Sacha Fenestraz put in a strong recovery drive to go from 20th on the grid to just outside the points, finishing 11th. The Franco-Argentine racer made some excellent overtakes, and avoided any incidents to move through the field.

The result sees Rowland jump up to third in the Drivers’ Championship, with the squad now fourth in the Teams’ standings.

Aside from the on-track action, the Tokyo E-Prix was significant for Nissan in other ways, as it became the first manufacturer to announce its long-term commitment to Formula E, pledging to remain in the sport until at least 2030. The announcement marks a significant milestone and reinforces the company’s Ambition 2030 electrification targets.

Nissan Formula E Team will be back on track in two weeks’ time, as the championship heads to Misano, Italy for the first time for Rounds 6 and 7 of Season 10.

Nissan Formula E Team Shines at First Home Race with Podium Finish

Nissan Formula E Team Shines at First Home Race with Podium Finish

Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: “It was an amazing weekend and I’m really proud of the team. We had a lot going on with it being our first ever home race. There were many fans, media and Nissan colleagues in our garage, including our CEO Makoto Uchida, which was great motivation for the team. Everyone stayed focused and delivered a really strong car and a smart startegy, while we could really hear, see and feel the support from the fans in the Nissan grandstands – it was incredible, so a huge thanks to them!

“We were quick from FP1 and Oli performed superbly in qualifying to clinch pole. He controlled the race well, but had to drop to second to save energy in the slipstream. He tried hard to get the position back and it’s a shame that he couldn’t make the move, but P2 is still a fantastic result. The team was disappointed after the race, but this is a good sign as it shows how our mentality is now to win. On Sacha’s side, a small mistake in qualifying meant he started down the order. It’s so easy to clip the wall on a track like this, but he recovered really well. To make up nine positions on such a tight circuit is a great effort. It was probably his best drive of the season and we need to build on it for the rest of the year.

“We’re also delighted with our off-track activities throughout this week we’ve spent in Japan. To announce our commitment to GEN4 at our home race was a very important step for us, and we can’t wait to continue our journey in Formula E while also making steps towards our Ambition 2030 electrification goals.

“This week has confirmed not only how serious we are about our involvement in the sport, but also our potential to be a championship contender. We will keep pushing and I am confident we can maintain this positive trajectory in the upcoming events.”

Oliver Rowland, driver, Nissan Formula E Team: “I’m really happy with the performance and the result this weekend, to take our second pole of the season and third podium in a row is amazing, especially to do it at our home event. Naturally, having led most of the race, I’m a bit frustrated not to have gotten the win. I had to give up the lead to save energy after the Safety Car, and did everything I could in the last few laps to get the position back, but in the end it was just too risky and I couldn’t make the move. The car was great, we knew we had the pace, especially in qualifying. The track was awesome, a big challenge for the drivers and I really enjoyed being out there. It was also amazing to have so much support here, so a big thanks to the Japanese fans for cheering us on!”

Sacha Fenestraz, driver, Nissan Formula E Team: “It was a positive weekend for the team, but unfortunately my mistake in qualifying really impacted our race, as we had strong pace. I just pushed slightly too hard and clipped the wall going over the bump at Turn 2, which gave me a bit of damage. Despite this, finishing P11 from P20 on the grid is a good showing, especially on a track where it is difficult to overtake. I need to keep building my experience in the championship to eliminate these mistakes and take advantage of the performance we have. Overall it was a great event, the track was very cool and to have the CEO of Nissan here as well as all our Nissan colleagues and fans showing us their support was truly fantastic. Congrats to Oli on another podium and hopefully next time I can join him up there!”

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Six Porsche 911 GT3 R battle for overall victory on the Nordschleife

29 May 2024
Six Porsche 911 GT3 R battle for overall victory on the Nordschleife

Porsche’s customer teams and the 911 GT3 R have already given a demonstration of their force in the so-called 'Qualifiers' in mid-April. Falken Motorsports celebrated two victories, while Manthey EMA finished both races on the podium. Moreover, Dinamic GT, Lionspeed GP and Herberth Motorsport will each field one ca. 415 kW (565 PS) GT3 racer from Weissach.

“We began preparing for 2024 straight after last year’s 24-hour race,” said Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“We worked hard alongside the manufacturers to understand last year’s tyre damage. After in-depth analyses, we applied the appropriate measures. The start of the 2024 season showed that we did a good job together. Our teams and drivers are happy with the vehicle balance. Now we need to sort out the race procedures and focus on getting through the race without making any mistakes. Lap time performance alone is not the main priority. Teamwork, managing overtaking in a big field of 130 cars, the right tyre choice for different conditions and ensuring that the driver feels good in the car will be the keys to success.”

The commitment of Porsche customer teams goes far beyond participation in the top SP9 class for GT3 vehicles. Thirty-nine other racing cars from the German manufacturer are registered in ten different classes. This means that Porsche has by far the largest contingent of entries in the race. The most popular model is the 911 GT3 Cup, 14 of which will compete in the dedicated Cup2 category.

“Porsche is again clearly the most well-represented brand at the Nürburgring 24-hour race this year. This shows that we continue to enjoy high trust among our partners and customers and that our products are well established on the market,” said Michael Dreiser, Director Sales Porsche Motorsport.

“I’m confident that the six Porsche 911 GT3 R will perform strongly against the tough competition in the top SP9 class. The customer teams are extremely professional with first-class drivers crewing all the cars. Our customers will undoubtedly deliver some gripping racing in other categories too, like in the fiercely competitive Cup2 class with the 911 GT3 Cup and the Cup3 class with the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.”

Jameel Motorsport and Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation launch GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program

05 May 2024
Jameel Motorsport and Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation launch GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program

As part of its commitment to nurturing sporting talent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jameel Motorsport in collaboration with the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation, launched the GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program. This initiative is set to discover the next generation of professional co-drivers who will partake in cross-country rallies, bolstering Saudi Arabia's presence on the regional and international motorsports stages.

FORMULA E AND FIA UNVEIL GEN3 EVO RACE CAR CAPABLE OF 0-60MPH IN JUST 1.82s

30 Apr 2024
FORMULA E AND FIA UNVEIL GEN3 EVO RACE CAR CAPABLE OF 0-60MPH IN JUST 1.82s

Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) have today revealed the next generation of race car, the new all-electric GEN3 Evo, capable of 0-60mph in 1.82s.

Leveraging a roster of innovative technical upgrades, the GEN3 Evo unveiled at H.S.H Prince Albert II’s Private Car Collection will debut in Season 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship where some of the world’s greatest manufacturers and drivers race wheel-to-wheel in iconic locations around the globe.

Developed by specialists from Formula E and the FIA, the latest GEN3 Evo edition marks a significant leap in electric racing technology, with acceleration 0-60mph 30% faster than a current F1 car, and 36% faster than the GEN3 car.

Capable of accelerating nearly a full second faster than its predecessor – the GEN3 – that was the world’s first race car designed for street racing, it sets an even higher standard in performance, sustainability, and efficiency. The GEN3 Evo serves as a formidable ambassador for the future of motorsport, embodying cutting-edge advancements and a commitment to environmental responsibility.