BERLIN, Germany – Nissan Formula E Team had a positive Berlin Rookie Test with both Luca Ghiotto and Victor Martins concluding the day’s running in the top four on the timesheets.
The day started well, as the duo got their hands on the Nissan e-4ORCE 04 for the first time, with six-time FIA Formula 2 race winner Ghiotto going second quickest in the morning session.
The Italian continued his strong showing in the afternoon, gathering more experience and collecting information as he looks to better assist the outfit in his role as simulator driver, ending the day with the fourth-quickest time.
Reigning FIA Formula 3 champion and Alpine Academy member Martins was fast throughout at the Tempelhof Airport Circuit. The Frenchman impressed by finishing the afternoon session in second, completing a positive test with the squad.
Round 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place on 6 May, with the series heading to the legendary streets of Monaco.
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: “After a difficult race weekend, today was a good rookie test day and we completed all of our programs with good results. It was really valuable for Luca in particular as he gained experience on track and got to see how the team operates throughout a race weekend. He performed well and I’m sure he learned a lot of aspects that will help in his simulator driver role. Victor also really impressed us, these cars are difficult to handle, so to come in and be on the pace immediately is a challenge. Ending the day in second place highlights the tremendous job that he did. Both drivers improved throughout, they were very mature and avoided making mistakes. As a team, we learned a lot following a challenging Berlin race weekend. Now the goal is to use the knowledge we’ve gained to prepare for Monaco.”
Luca Ghiotto: “The biggest job for me today was evaluating how the simulator correlates to the on-track performance of the Nissan e-4ORCE 04, and I was really impressed. There are always factors you can’t compare, such as the g-forces and the vibrations, but in terms of speed and the pure feeling, the car acted in the way I expected from my time in the simulator. I have a lot of information that I can now take back to the factory and apply to support the team moving forward. Both Sacha and Norman were helpful, allowing me to be as prepared as possible for the test, which will only benefit the entire squad. I also got to know the people in the team a little better, which is great as they have to rely on my feedback in the simulator, so there has to be a level of trust.”
Victor Martins: “Formula E is so different compared to any other series I’ve ever driven in. The tires are grooved and not slick, which lowers the grip levels dramatically. Energy management is also a unique challenge and it’s incredibly difficult to maximize the pace and be on the limit. It was such a privilege to work with the Nissan Formula E Team, I tried to make the most of it and communicate with everyone in the garage to get the best out of the day and to provide what was expected of me. They made it easy to adapt to the environment and the car and I enjoyed every lap out on track.”
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About Nissan in Formula E
Nissan made its all-electric racing debut in Season 5 (2018/19) of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, becoming the first and only Japanese manufacturer to enter the series.
In Season 7 (2020/21), Nissan announced its long-term involvement in Formula E and its commitment to the Gen3 era, which will run from Season 9 (2022/23) through to the end of Season 12 (2025/26) of the all-electric racing series.
In April 2022, Nissan acquired the e.dams race team, with the Japanese automaker taking full ownership of its involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
In June 2022, Nissan announced it would supply its Nissan EV powertrain technology to McLaren Racing for the entirety of the Formula E Gen3 era.
For Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Nissan Formula E drivers will be Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz.
Nissan races in Formula E to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify every all-new vehicle offering by the early 2030s in key markets. The Japanese automaker aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers.
About Formula E
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship became the first global sport to be certified with a net zero carbon footprint from inception back in 2020, having invested in certified climate-protecting projects in all race markets to offset emissions from every season of electric racing.
All cars in the championship are powered by electricity, with the series acting as a competitive platform to test and develop the latest in electric technology.
The World’s greatest manufacturers race against each other on street circuits and Formula E promotes the adoption of sustainable mobility in city centres in a bid to combat air pollution and lessen the effects of climate change.
Maria De Juana
Head of Communications, Formula E, Nissan Motor Co.
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