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Formula E held for the first time in Japan Nissan’s entry hones EV technology

On 30 March, Formula E, a world series of electric vehicles (EVs), was held in Japan for the first time.

The race was held on public roads around Tokyo Big Sight (Koto, Tokyo), with Nissan taking pole position and Maserati winning the final race, with Nissan in second place.

Nissan Motor Co. is among the Japanese companies participating in the race, and Yamaha Motor Co. has also announced that it will enter the race from 2025. Formula E has 300 million fans worldwide, and the latest racing-oriented technology will be used for commercial EVs to raise their profile.
The Nissan team is made up of Roland and Sascha Fenestraz (France). A total of 22 cars are entered in the race, but no Japanese drivers have entered.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida watches Formula E, Japan’s first electric car race,
He attended the opening ceremony with Tokyo Governor Koike and others. ‘Both the national government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government are firmly committed to boosting this environmentally friendly motor race,’ he said, ‘because it produces no carbon dioxide, no engine noise.’ It is precisely because of Formula E that the event has been realised in Tokyo. Today, let’s all fully enjoy the dream of the future”, he called out to the fans.

The final race started cleanly after the signal blackout at 15:04. Nissan Formula E Team’s Oliver Rowland, who was racing at home, led the race, with Mortara in second and Günther back in third.On lap 19, the first safety car (SC) of the event was introduced to recover parts that had fallen onto the track. During this, Lucas di Grassi (ABT Kupla Formula E Team) and Nick de Vries (Mahindra Racing) retired.

On lap 24, Günther passed Rowland on the short straight after coming out of turn nine. Günther took the lead and increased his pace to run away with the lead by 1.7 seconds. Two laps were added to the race to allow time for the safety car to be introduced, making it a 35-lap contest. In the last three laps, da Costa moved up to third and was looking for second place, but Roland was also defending his position.

The memorable first Formula E Tokyo E-Prix in Japan was won by Maserati’s Günther. Starting Nissan’s home race from pole position, Roland finished a disappointing second, 0.755 seconds behind, followed by Dennis in third, rounding out the top three.