The NIO Formula E Team has appointed Tom Dillmann to race alongside Oliver Turvey for the upcoming 2018-19 season, with the squad unveiling its new NIO 004 Gen2 car and livery on Monday.
“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,” NIO Team Principal Gerry Hughes said.
“We have been watching Tom for a while and since joining us for testing in the summer the whole team has certainly been impressed by his energy, work ethic and determination to succeed in this highly competitive championship.
“Tom and Oliver have formed a healthy working relationship and going into season five both the team and I feel that we have a formidable driver pairing with which to do battle on the world’s city streets.”
Twenty-nine-year-old Dillmann replaces Luca Filippi in the team’s line-up after it fired the Italian following an uncompetitive 2017-18 season. The French driver has had the occasional Formula E outing in recent years, with a number of stand-in appearances for the Venturi team over the last two seasons. In ten races to-date, his best finish was fourth place in the first of the two season-ending New York ePrix races at the end of the 2017-18 season.
“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.”
Dillmann will race alongside Turvey, who had held talks with rival outfit Nissan e.dams about a possible switch for the upcoming season. The Englishman will instead continue to drive for NIO, with whom he has raced since making his debut in the series at the 2014-15 season finale in London when it was known as Team China Racing.
“I am delighted to be continuing to race for the NIO Formula E team, I would like to thank Gerry [Hughes, team principal] and everyone at NIO for their continued support,” he said.
“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.”
NIO finished eighth overall in the 2017-18 season’s Teams’ Championship standings, with all but one of its 47 points scored by the Englishman.
The team’s blue-and-white liveried car features new major sponsorship from Acronis, the Swiss-Singaporean software company.
|2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship – Provisional Entry List (to-date)|
||Sébastien Buemi||Alexander Albon|
|Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
||Lucas di Grassi||Daniel Abt|
|Envision Virgin Racing||Sam Bird||Robin Frijns|
|DS Techeetah||Jean-Éric Vergne||André Lotterer|
|Panasonic Jaguar Racing
||Mitch Evans||Nelson Piquet Jr.|
|NIO Formula E Team
||Tom Dillmann||Oliver Turvey|
|Venturi Formula E Team
||Felipe Massa||Edoardo Mortara|
|BMW i Andretti Motorsport
||António Félix da Costa||Alexander Sims|
Image via NIO Formula E Team