Nissan debuts cherry blossoms-clad Gen3 car at pre-season testing

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Nissan debuted its 2023 Gen3 race car at the ABB FIA Formula E World Championships pre-season testing today (December 13).

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What do the cherry blossoms symbolize for Nissan’s Formula E team?

    According to Nissan, the cherry blossoms symbolize the team’s Japanese heritage and new beginnings.
  • Who are the two drivers of Nissan’s Formula E team?

    Nissan’s new Formula E drivers are Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz.
  • “We are very excited for the test in Valencia. It’s the first time all the teams get together with their Gen3 cars. The level of innovation is a massive step up from the Gen2 powertrains so it presents us with a very different challenge. We’ve got two new drivers and the team has also been through some changes, so we’ll be looking to work as a unit from the first day to find the best setup and learn about our car. We’ve been preparing as best we can and we’re looking forward to seeing the car on track in an official session for the first time,” said Nissan Formula E Team Managing Director Tommaso Volpe.

    The brand’s entry for the ninth season of Formula E wore a striking new livery complemented with elements of cherry blossoms — a nod to the team’s Japanese DNA while also representing new beginnings.

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    Speaking of which, Nissan’s Formula E team welcomes drivers Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz. Their arrival marks a fresh start for Nissan Formula E Team, which will also run under its new name for the first time in the upcoming season.

    “Testing is always a great moment ahead of a new season and we’re all looking forward to seeing the new car in action. We’ll aim to continue what we’ve been doing in recent months, preparing as best we can for the campaign. Being fastest in Valencia is not a target for us, we’re fully concentrated on getting ready for Mexico in January. It’s not been long since the end of last season, but we’ve been really busy in the factory and I can’t wait to get out on track in the new car in Valencia,” commented Nato.

    Per the carmaker, the experienced Nato and the young Fenestraz will race using the #17 and #23 cars respectively.

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    “We’ve been working very hard to be ready for this test and now it’s almost here, I’m really excited. It’s a big step in my career and I can’t wait to drive the car in Valencia and see where we stand ahead of the new season. Mexico is coming around quickly so we need to stay focused and make sure we are in the best possible position for the first race,” Fenestraz stated.

    Photos from Nissan 

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