After the death of the founder Jean-Paul Driot, his sons Olivier and Gregory lead the DAMS racing team, which is now starting to separate more and more branches. The DAMS Formula 2 team was recently sold to former Formula 1 driver Charles Pic, but control of the Formula E racing team remained. This will change from the 2022-2023 FE season. Nissan has decided to increase its involvement in the electric racing series and will fully take over the e.dams racing team, which is currently the manufacturer’s factory team, with the launch of the Gen3 car.
“Since we started at e.dams in 2018, our relationship has been extremely good. We work together and we’ve had great success over the last three, four years,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer Motorsport.com† “Now that we have decided to invest in Gen3, we wanted full control over all aspects of Formula E. Not just the powertrain, but the race team as well. This project is an integral part of Nissan Motor Company. In terms of investments, we are well prepared and able to do so. Research and development will continue to take place in France, but we have already sent many engineers from Japan to work on the project.”
Nissan’s takeover of e.dams means the French racing team’s name will disappear from Formula E after eight seasons. e.dams has been present since the first race in the class in 2014, first as a works team from Renault and later as Nissan. The greatest achievements have been achieved in partnership with Renault: three consecutive team titles in the first three seasons and the drivers’ title Sebastien Buemic 2015-2016. This success has not been repeated since Nissan joined in 2018-2019, although e.dams finished second in the championship for teams in the 2019-2020 season.