YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Formula E Team is looking to develop on their recent strong form, as Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship travels to Portland for the fourth and final brand-new venue of the season.
Last time out in Jakarta, the team proved its potential, with Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato taking fourth and fifth respectively in the second Jakarta E-Prix. As the campaign enters its latter stages, the duo will be looking to build on that result to ensure a strong end to the season.
The final single-header of Season 9 sees Formula E head to its fourth ever location in the United States of America, following races in Miami, Long Beach and New York in previous years. The 3.19-kilometre Portland International Raceway features 12 corners, with long straights into Turns 1 and 10 offering the best overtaking spots.
For this E-Prix, both Nissan cars will sport the logo of the Pole to Pole expedition, with explorers Chris and Julie Ramsey set to stop off in Portland. The husband-and-wife duo are currently embarking on a nine-month long journey from the 1823 Magnetic North Pole to the South Pole aboard an all-electric Nissan Ariya. They will visit the race team in the garage and meet with the drivers before continuing on with their adventure.
To celebrate the first E-Prix in Portland, we're taking our passion for sustainability from the track to the streets.
In addition, ahead of this weekend, Nissan Formula E Team has also launched a new streetwear collection, made from upcycled decades-old Nissan racewear - NISMO Thrifted. Created by sustainable fashion designer Mia D'Amato, the collection is inspired by Nissan's commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality by 2050, and aims to showcase that we can all contribute in many ways towards a waste-free future.
Qualifying in Portland will get underway at 12:40 PDT (UTC -7), with the E-Prix at 17:00 PDT. Find out how to watch here.
For more information on the Pole to Pole expedition, visit here.
To find out more and view the full NISMO Thrifted collection, visit here.
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: "In Formula E, it's really difficult to be consistent but of course we're looking to replicate our performance from the second race in Jakarta. Portland will be an interesting one as it's not a street circuit. We expect to see very high top speeds and a lot of energy management, making strategy extremely important. Setting the car up to suit this track will be a challenge and we are looking at the best way to be efficient and quick around this circuit. It's great that Formula E is racing in the USA, it's a huge market for Nissan and a country that loves motorsport, so hopefully we can put on a good show for the fans!"
Sacha Fenestraz, Nissan Formula E Team driver: "I'm really looking forward to racing in Portland, it's another brand-new venue, which makes the playing field more level as nobody on the grid has raced here before. We've been really close to the podium positions in recent races, which proves that we have a strong car and team behind us. I think the race may be similar to Monaco or Berlin, leading might not be the best strategy. We are very motivated following the result in Jakarta and we've kept working hard since to improve further. It's also going to be amazing to race in America, the fans and environment are always great there, so I'm excited for it."
Norman Nato, Nissan Formula E Team driver: "We're coming to Portland hoping to continue showing the pace we had in the second race in Jakarta. It's not a traditional street circuit, so that will change our way of driving. Grip will likely be higher and it's going to be interesting on the energy-saving side, possibly the most strategic race of the year. It looks like I's going to be quite a fast track, and there will be a few opportunities to overtake thanks to the long straights and wide track, particularly Turns 1, 7 and 10."
Luca Ghiotto, Nissan Formula E Team simulator driver: "Portland is quite unique on the Formula E calendar as the only permanent track of the season. The circuit itself is also really fast, there's a lot of straights and only 12 corners. It should be good for overtaking and during the race it will be interesting to see how drivers manage the energy to stay in the fight until the end. I think this venue should suit our car, we've been strong in medium and high speed corners throughout the season, so it's a good opportunity for a positive result."
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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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