During the evening, NIO Formula E Team has disclosed its Gen2 which will be used for the upcoming season. The new generation car will be driven by Oliver Turvey and Tom Dillmann.
After the HWA’s presentation earlier this morning, NIO Formula E Team has just disclosed its new car. The british-chinese team is ready to start the next season aiming to be strong enough to fight for top-5 positions after a difficult season. For the first time, we have decided to describe a presentation of a new car paying tribute to one of the most important EV’s startups! Let’s take a look!
NIO Formula E Team – Presentation and livery
The introduction of the show was made by Jason Bradbury, an English television presenter became famous for The Gadget Show. After that, there was a one-minute suspence where thanks to a beautiful video, it took only a couple of seconds to create the right atmosphere. At the end of the initial music, the NIO Gen2 car has been unveiled. It appears immediately strongly different in its livery.
The presentation of the car was made by Jason Bradbury who said “The Gen2 car is the new frontier of the Formula E”. He also explained the reason why the british-chinese team chose a white (for the front) and the particular sky blue which has characterized NIO until now. The first member of the team which introduced the Gen2 was Gerry Huges, NIO’s Team Principal.
“Season Five will be fiercely competitive. First of all, we have an eleventh team: so we have got more people to compete against. We have sport regulation changes and we have technology changes. I think those all coming together will be a little bit a fiercely competitive season. We’re looking for to the challenge and that’s surely what we’re going to see in Saudi Arabia in December” – Gerry Hughes
As well as the lineup, there was another announcement during the presentation event. Acronis has been announced as the cyber-protection partner confirming the partnership started in the second part of the last season. The global technology company has been represented by its Senior Director, Ronan McCurtin who explained the crucial role of innovation and technology in general and its vital importance in Formula E.
NIO Formula E Team – The Lineup
After a little while, there was the drivers’ announcement. The first driver announced was Oliver Turvey who has raced for NIO since the first season. Turvey described as fantastic the new car, especially for the livery and he felt excited about the test he’s going to attend in Valencia next week.
“I am delighted to be continuing to race for the NIO Formula E team, I would like to thank Gerry and everyone at NIO for their continued support. Over the past three seasons we have grown together as a team, improving each season, and I was proud to be able to take our first podium together in Mexico City last season.” – Oliver Turvey
The second driver chosen by the british-chinese team is Tom Dillmann. Dillmann will substitute Luca Filippi for the next season. The departure of the italian driver was announced last week without any surprise. The main reason for the substitution concerns the lack of results and a very poor score against Turvey. The french driver has already driven in Formula E in his career. Indeed, the last season substituted Edoardo Mortara during the Berlin ePrix and for the double NY ePrix.
“I am delighted to be joining NIO. We have had some good test days, developing our new car and building our relationship. I particularly enjoy the competitive and professional atmosphere within the team and I can’t wait to start this new and exciting era in Formula E with NIO.” – Tom Dillmann
Curious to see this car on track? Unfortunately, we need to wait for a while. Let’s have a closer look to this beauty and good luck NIO!