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Nissan delays new powertrain introduction

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), Diriyah E-Prix – Credit: Courtesy of Formula E

Nissan will not compete with a new car this season.

The Japanese automaker, which is registered for the Gen3 era, will thus wait with DS Techeetah and Dragon Penske Autosport for a new powertrain until after April 5. This is in response to the rule change regarding the FIA’s homologation window, which was introduced to counteract the pandemic. The new Nissan IM03 will therefore have to wait for its first run.

The team´s brief statement said: “With the agreement of the FIA, we have rescheduled the debut of the new Nissan e.dams Gen2 Formula E powertrain due to a covid related delay of parts. We would like to thank the FIA for their flexibility.”

It’s a major setback for Nissan because the IM02 currently in use has a powertrain backlog after Nissan’s two-engine configuration was banned in 2018-19.

This rule change was also agreed to by Nissan because it saved costs in the championship. DS Techeetah had also experimented with the same two-engine design in 2015/16. This had not worked very well because the drivers struggled a lot with the weight distribution at the rear.

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