Nissan is taking over e.dams racing team
Nissan takes over the racing team e.dams and thus has full control over its Formula E project with immediate effect. This means that Nissan will compete completely under its own name in the ‘Gen3’ era up to and including 2026.
In the current season, the team is still active as “Nissan e.dams”. e.dams is the Formula E offshoot of the French racing team DAMS, which is active in several racing series. The French team had been competing as e.dams since the first Formula E season in 2014, and Renault became the official manufacturer for the second season – the team became Renault e.dams.
During this time, Renault e.dams became team champion three times, and in the second season of 2015/2016, Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi also became drivers’ champion. At the end of season 4, however, Renault dropped out as a partner and Formula E involvement was shifted to the Japanese company within the Renault-Nissan alliance.
Since the 2018/2019 season, the team has competed as Nissan e.dams, but has not been able to repeat its old successes – in 2019/2020, the team once again finished second in the team standings, but only won one race. In 2020/2021, the team plummeted to tenth place – with only two podium finishes in 15 races.
According to Nissan, the change of ownership and the new management structure will come into effect with immediate effect. Tommaso Volpe, General Manager for Nissan in Formula E, will also become the new Managing Director at e.dams. Nissan had already committed to the “Gen3” era in March 2021 – from the upcoming 2022/2023 season up to and including 2025/2026, the third generation of Formula E race cars will be used – with arguably new electric powertrains.
“We learn as we race, and the relentless pace of technological progression that drives the Formula E championship will provide us with many opportunities to inform and develop even better cars for customers,” says Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). “The acquisition of the e.dams team not only reconfirms our long-term commitment to Formula E, but also to the exciting, high-performance world of motorsports competition as a whole.”
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