Nissan e.dams has announced the signing of Maximilian Guenther from Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, with the German linking up as teammate to longstanding Nissan driver Sebastien Buemi.
Guenther makes the switch to the Japanese manufacturer after a two year stint with BMW i Andretti Motorsport, where he became the youngest race winner in Formula E history at the Santiago E-Prix in Season 6 - the first of three victories in the championship.
“It makes me feel very proud to become part of the Nissan e.dams family," says the 24-year-old. "The team has big ambitions in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and I’m full of motivation to contribute to the success of this project. "To compete for one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world is an honor and a great new step in my career. I’m looking forward to this exciting journey.”
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Nissan sees the addition of Guenther as a boost to its programme, with the marque looking towards Season 8, Gen3 and beyond.
“We are excited to see the passion and drive Maximilian will bring to the team,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan Global Motorsports Director. “During his Formula E debut season, the young driver clinched his first ever victory and became the youngest race winner in the series' history.”
“Maximilian joining our team is yet another exciting chapter in our Formula E story,” said Gregory Driot, co-Team Principal of Nissan e.dams. “His speed and determination will be a valuable asset to driving the race team forward.”
“I am delighted to welcome Maximilian to the Nissan global motorsports family,” said Ashwani Gupta, Chief Operating Officer at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Maximilian brings a wealth of experience, having three Formula E race victories under his belt. I am sure that he will very quickly settle in and succeed in what is one of the most talented grids of any global motorsports series.”
Nissan races in Formula E to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify all-new Nissan vehicle offerings by the early 2030s in key markets.
“Our long-term commitment to Formula E gives us a powerful platform from which to demonstrate the exciting performance of our zero-emission EV technology, and how racing in the all-electric series helps us build better cars for our customers through our track-to-road technology transfer and engineering collaboration,” added Gupta.
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Mitsunori Takaboshi will continue as the team's test and reserve driver. Former Nissan GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough will remain as the team's official simulator driver.
Nissan's outgoing Brit Oliver Rowland is expected to take up a seat elsewhere in the Formula E pit-lane, with his future to be confirmed in due course.
Published on 2nd September 2021