The global director of Nissan Motorsport, Tommaso Volpe, explained that the new Formula E regulation, Gen3, will be the ideal test bed to experiment and take to the next level everything learned in recent years with the previous generation.
Nissan will electrify its entire range of vehicles in 2030, Tommaso Volpe believes that the qualitative leap of the Gen3 is a more than valid test laboratory for the brand.
Volpe explained that Nissan seeks in Formula E to improve engine efficiency and energy management. Both of these would represent software in general. “In Gen3 these two elements will be pushed even further. The cars will be more powerful and lighter, so efficiency will be crucial. And energy management will also have to deal with a more capable system. It is the one. same learning that we are doing now, but in more extreme conditions “.
The new Formula E car will have 475 horsepower, a substantial increase from the current 340 horsepower. This means that, if their performance is now between a Formula 3 and a Formula 4, with the new regulations they will exceed the Formula 3 threshold to be the third most powerful category on the ladder of the International Automobile Federation (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, FIA).
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The battery will be smaller – it will go from 54 kilowatt to 51 – but it will save more than 100 kilos that will ultimately result in even more dynamic cars. And it will support ultra-fast 600-kilowatt loads, which viewers will be able to appreciate with mid-run pit-stops.
Volpe explained that the Gen3 is good news for motorsports in general since after the announcement of the previous generation, more manufacturers approached Formula E.
“But before this exploded, all parties had the good will to maintain a rational framework so as not to lose control and to be able to focus on what is important to us,” said in an interview for the portal Soy Motor.
“Formula E continues to be the championship with the most brands and there will be others that will join. Each has its strategy, but this technology is in line with our pioneering role in electrification. Formula E is a perfect fit for us.”
Volpe points out that it will be a challenge for the competition to be able to adapt cars with greater speed together with the urban circuits, which is the DNA of the electric series.
“It will be a good challenge and so far a great job has been done. My personal opinion is that it is also good that we have some permanent circuits, because it helps us to demonstrate the capabilities of these cars and the flexibility of the electric motor, which can run on asphalt like the one in Rome and then on a perfect track like the one in Rome. Valencia”.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago