McLaren will run on a Nissan engine

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McLaren is a good customer inside the Renault-Nissan alliance. After using Losange engines in Formula 1 (until the end of the 2020 season), is this time towards Nissan turning to power its future electric cars. Taking Mercedes’ license to the starting grid of the Formula E world championship, McLaren considered it appropriate to rely on an experienced manufacturer, instead of seeking to develop an electric motor and all its electronic environment at the heart of a series of specialists.

In this context, McLaren will not have the status of “builder,” and will not be entitled to private testing. But this saves a good part of its budget, and benefits from the experience of a brand that has been involved in the series for 4 years, and even 8 years if we consider the technical team that previously worked under the colors of Renault, which Nissan took over.

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A win-win deal

If McLaren will benefit from Nissan’s experience in Formula E, the latter will also benefit from the presence on the track of its new customer. “Our partnership with McLaren Racing will be powerful as the partnership will inspire collaboration and knowledge sharing,” he said. Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer of Nissan. “It is true that in recent seasons we have often seen customer teams and their suppliers at the forefront, because Formula E is a discipline where the exploitation of data is fundamental to performance. having the data of four cars instead of two is a big plus.

Since most of the technical elements are set for the season, the only lever of progress is in electronic car programming, the “software” of which can evolve as each team wants and at any time. The more data the teams collect, the more they can hone their career strategies, progress in energy management, and therefore in lap performance. We saw it during the 2017-2018 season, when Jean-Éric Vergne was crowned champion aboard a Techeetah equipped with a Renault engine, but also last season and again this year with the frequent dominance of Mercedes and Venturis, powered by the same engine. .

For McLaren, choosing the engine of a team already present in the championship was then almost a must, especially because next year’s cars, the “Gen3” will be 100% new. “As we form the team for its first season in Formula E, we are naturally looking for the best technical partners,” said Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. Nissan has demonstrated its expertise, expertise and commitment over the past few years, and we are confident that this collaboration will bring great success to both parties. »

The trials have begun

For Nissan, as for the other manufacturers involved, Next season’s cars have just been delivered. The first private tests have just begun, and if possibly Nissan will be able to discreetly test McLaren drivers in the transfer period next season, the British manufacturer can only make simulators.

Nothing has been formalized yet regarding next year’s drivers, neither Nissan nor McLaren. noises give Sébastien Buemi leaves Nissan for Envision Racing, while the Frenchman Théo Pourchairewho has already taken the wheel of the test car, could replace it if he does not find a way out in Formula 1 by 2023.

In regard McLaren, at least one of the two drivers will come from the current championship holders, another condition to expect to be in the game from the first races. Please note that the Gen3 will be performing in public for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which will take place in England next weekend. Nick Heidfeld will drive a Mahindra M9 Electro for the occasion during the famous climb.

Text: Didier Laurent

to summarize

The British team McLaren, which is entering Formula E for the first time for the 2022-23 season, has signed a partnership with Japanese brand Nissan. The agreement covers the supply of engines and the exchange of data.

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