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NIO Formula E team launches 2018/2019 Formula E programme

NIO revealed the new NIO 004 Generation 2 race car

NIO’s Formula E team has launched its 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship programme, revealing a new driver line-up for Season 5, new official partner and, of course, a brand new car.

Unveiling the NIO 004 Generation 2 race chassis at Copper Box Arena, NIO also confirmed the arrival of French racer Tom Dillmann to partner British driver Oliver Turvey for the new campaign.

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 series.

With a best race result of fourth in the New York City ePrix last season, in between his outings in the all-electric championship the 29-year-old has also competed in Super Formula, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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.

Turvey added: “The new Gen 2 car feels fantastic – it is a clear step forward in terms of performance and efficiency. The growth and progress of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has been phenomenal, the new cars look stunning and the new race format with different power modes will provide more exciting races.”

NIO Formula E team principal Gérry Hughes 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 at London’s Copper Box this evening.”

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