NIO Formula E Team joins the list of teams to have confirmed the driver line up for Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. With familiar face Oliver Turvey remaining with the team for another season, the British driver is joined by Frenchman Tom Dillmann, who previously raced for Venturi in the series.
Revealing the NIO 004 Generation 2 racing car live in London's Olympic Park, the team also welcomed new official partner Acronis. Signing a multi-year agreement with NIO, the company will provide cyber protection and AI capabilities not just for the Formula E team but also NIO’s wider business activities as well.
“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 at London’s Copper Box this evening," said Gerry Hughes, Team Principal at NIO Formula E Team.
"With a revised driver line-up for Season 5 [it] demonstrates that we have been extremely busy in the off-season and I am very happy to welcome Tom onboard to the NIO team for the start of this new era of open-wheeled electric street racing."
After taking the place of Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E) last season in the Berlin E-Prix, the Frenchman will start the season alongside regular NIO driver Oliver Turvey.
“I am delighted to be joining NIO," said Dillmann. "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”.
Having been with the team since his debut in the final of the inaugural season in 2015, Turvey is no stranger to single-seater all-electric racing. Finishing 10th overall in season four, the British driver will be looking to make more of an impact this time around.
“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," said Turvey. "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."
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Published on 8th October 2018