The Nissan e.dams FIA Formula E squad has unveiled a striking new livery design ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Nissan revealed its ‘kimino-inspired’ Gen2 season six challenger at its Yokohama headquarters in Japan. The unveiling came just days after the conclusion of pre-season testing, with Nissan running an all-black livery throughout the three-days of running at Valencia.

The Japanese manufacturer says the new design for its Nissan IM02 car was selected from nearly 40 concept submissions and celebrates the country’s heritage.

Explaining the colour scheme, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, said: “As we approach the beginning of our second season of Formula E competition, our design team proposed a new look, one that celebrates our Japanese heritage and vibrant technology DNA.

“We used our iconic Nissan racing red, black and white colours layered diagonally in a kimono pattern, which creates a dynamic and powerful impression.”

Having taken over e.dams operation, Nissan ended its inaugural campaign as a manufacturer entry fourth in the teams’ championship, with Sebastien Buemi picking up a breakthrough victory in New York on his way to sealing runner-up spot in the drivers’ standings.

The Swiss driver and season two champion will once again be partnered by Oliver Rowland, who impressed in his rookie FE campaign, claiming two pole positions and two podium finishes.

“The second season is sometimes harder than the first,” said Nissan’s global motorsports director Michael Carcamo.

“With a major change to a single-motor solution, we had plenty to do in the off-season. We'll use everything we learned from season five to improve our package, with an even greater emphasis on battery and energy management."