YOKOHAMA, Japan – Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi and U.Okay.-based Alex Albon will drive for Nissan when the worldwide electrical automobile gross sales chief makes its debut within the ABB FIA System E Championship in December.
Nissan’s System E program will present a brand new “efficiency aspect” of Nissan Clever Mobility – the corporate’s imaginative and prescient for altering how automobiles are powered, pushed and built-in into society. As the primary Japanese firm to affix the electrical racing championship collection, Nissan will draw on its confirmed expertise because the all-time world chief in electrical automobiles – having offered greater than 350,000 Nissan LEAF autos since introducing the mannequin in 2010.
Buemi, 29, spent the previous 4 seasons as a driver with e.dams, Nissan’s System E racing accomplice. He’ll debut in Nissan colours aboard the corporate’s new Gen2 System E automobile at subsequent month’s collection open take a look at in Valencia, Spain.
Buemi’s previous accomplishments on the observe embrace taking the 2015/2016 driver’s championship and setting collection data together with most wins, most pole positions, most quickest laps, most consecutive wins, most wins in a season, most consecutive level scoring finishes, most laps led and most races led.
“Season 5 will probably be an entire new starting for me in some ways,” Buemi mentioned. “There’s a lot that is new – the automobiles, the race format, the venues. I look ahead to persevering with to work with e.dams and bringing the joy of Nissan’s world-leading electrical automobile expertise to motorsports followers everywhere in the globe.”
Albon, 22, will make his System E debut with Nissan after spectacular performances within the worldwide junior single-seater classes. He completed second within the 2016 GP3 collection and is at the moment third in factors on this yr’s FIA System 2 championship, with three wins.
“The extent of competitors within the collection is intense, and I am wanting ahead to testing myself towards a few of the greatest drivers on the earth,” Albon mentioned. “Electrical avenue racing will probably be a brand new problem for me, however working with Sebastien as my teammate will probably be an enormous assist, as he has set the benchmark for efficiency within the collection.”
Nissan will make its System E debut within the first spherical of season 5, which takes place Dec. 15, 2018, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Races will observe in Marrakesh, Morocco; Mexico Metropolis; Hong Kong; Sanya, China; Rome; Paris; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Berlin; and New York. Further races are scheduled for Jan. 26 and June 9, 2019, at venues to be introduced.
“Sebastien’s spectacular file within the System E championship speaks for itself, and pairing him with a younger star like Alex is a good mixture,” mentioned Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s international motorsports director. “We will not consider a greater group to showcase our progressive applied sciences and our Nissan Clever Mobility imaginative and prescient.”
Jean-Paul Driot, principal of e.dams, mentioned: “Sebastien has been an essential a part of the e.dams group since our first System E race 4 years in the past in China. We all know Alex effectively from his performances with DAMS in System 2, and we’re excited to convey his expertise into the System E championship.”
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