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Nissan has revealed its new car for the upcoming Formula E race season – and technology from the racer could be used on future production models. 

Called Nissan e-4orce 04, the car has 40% more power than last year’s challenger and a top speed of over 200mph. Its new red and white livery features a cherry blossom design, in tribute to Japan’s national flower. 

The firm says the livery celebrates its Japanese heritage and that its dedication to Formula E highlights its commitment to an electrified future. 

Nissan Motorsport managing director Tommaso Volpe told Autocar the e-4orce 04 employs several technologies that could feature on future production cars in an adapted form. 

The e-4orce badge currently represents the car maker’s electrified four-wheel-drive model range, consisting of the Nissan Ariya and Nissan X-Trail. Nissan says data gathered from the race car will “directly contribute” to the development of its electrified tech and powertrains. 

Volpe said: “We have already identified two key areas where we can transfer [our expertise] into our cars of the future. 

“The first one is the energy efficiency of the hardware – physically, how [we] design and develop [the] gearbox inverter and motor in order to reach the highest level of efficiency possible.

“In Formula E, this number – which we don’t disclose, but is higher than 95% – is an unbelievable level of efficiency. So we can learn a lot on how to make our hardware more efficient in the road cars as well.”

Volpe added that engine management is the second primary feature that could be transferred to a production model in the future. 

“In Formula E, you win or lose races based on how efficiently you use [your energy],” Volpe said. “So this level of sophistication of software can teach us a lot on how to improve deficiency on the road cars.”

A brand-new driver line-up consisting of Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz will take to the wheel of the e-4orce 04. The 2023 season kicks off in January, with the first race taking place in Mexico at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. 

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