Three-time Formula E Teams’ Championship winners Renault will bow out at the end of the upcoming 2017-18 season, with strategic partner Nissan to take over branding and manufacturer support at the e.DAMS operation.
Renault joined forces with junior single-seater outfit DAMS for the inaugural 2014-15 Formula E Championship and have dominated the series across its three seasons to-date. The partnership has netted all three Teams’ Championship titles, the 2015-16 Drivers’ Championship crown for Sébastien Buemi, and 15 ePrix victories.
“We had an incredible championship run during our first three years in Formula E,” Thierry Koskas, Groupe Renault’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, explained.
“We look forward to a competitive fourth season with the benefit of a very stable environment at Renault e.dams.
“As a pioneer in EV, we have learned a tremendous amount about high-performance electric vehicles and energy management that directly benefits our EV customers.”
Renault and Japanese carmaker Nissan have forged a technical partnership, dubbed the ‘Alliance’, which dates back to 1999 and also includes the Mitsubishi brand.
The three car brands and their subsidiaries sell one out of every ten cars produced and occupy the largest global sales share of electric vehicles with Nissan’s Leaf model being the largest selling electric car of all time.
The decision to allow Nissan to enter as a new manufacturer on the Formula E landscape will give the carmaker an increased presence on the global motorsport stage. Renault, which also fields a works Formula 1 team, can instead concentrate its efforts in that championship without its brand visibility running the risk of becoming diluted.
“Renault look forward to continuing to gain benefits from motorsport racing across the Alliance with Nissan … our engineering teams will be able to share performance data that benefits all brands,” Koskas continued.
“Diversifying our racing strategy while still benefiting from the experience we gain from our motorsport programs, is one of the resource multipliers of being part of the Alliance.”
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