New car, driver line-up and official partner for NIO Formula E Team
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London played host recently to the glittering official launch of the NIO team’s 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship programme, where the squad revealed a new driver line-up for Season 5, a new official partner and, of course, a brand new car.
Unveiling the striking teal and white #BlueSkyComing NIO 004 Generation 2 race chassis at the Copper Box Arena during the live-streamed event, NIO also confirmed the arrival of talented French racer Tom Dillmann to partner proven British driver Oliver Turvey for the new campaign.
Additionally, the team also welcomed new official partner Acronis which has entered into an exciting multi-year agreement with NIO, providing cyber protection and AI capabilities for the Formula E team and NIO’s wider business activities.
The line-up of Dillmann and Turvey promises an exciting season for NIO. Multiple single-seater racing champion Dillmann arrives at NIO for Season 5 with an impressive CV, including key Formula E experience gained over the last couple of years during selected appearances in the high-profile serie
Britain’s Oliver Turvey, from Penrith in Cumbria, remains with NIO for Season 5 having truly become an integral part of the team. Debuting in Formula E for the finale of the inaugural championship in 2015, he went on to secure his maiden pole position at the 2017 Mexico City ePrix. In Season 4, again in Mexico, Turvey achieved his first Formula E podium finish for NIO.
Gérry Hughes, team principal, NIO Formula E Team, said: “After an extremely busy period of Manufacturer testing over the summer months, it is of course fabulous to be able to officially launch the NIO 004 car, the race livery and our revised driver line-up for Season 5.”
Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gets underway on 15 December in Saudi Arabia at the Ad Diriyah Street Circuit. The season will conclude in New York City, USA, on 13-14 July 2019.