The NIO 333 Formula E team have been busy since the chequered flag dropped on season seven of the FIA ABB Formula E championship in August.
Following a comprehensive review of the organisation both in China and the UK they have brought in new structures to help them move forward for season seven which gets underway in January. The new structure also sees the introduction of a new bespoke powertrain with the following output:
• Weight: 27 kg – designed for optimum efficiency overweight
• Maximum race cycle temperature: 95˚C (max operating temperature 200˚C)
• Efficiency: > 98.5% on race power at race settled temperature
• Maximum Revs: 20 krpm
• Expected Life: 50+ hours between services
• Maximum Power: Limited to 250 kW by regulation
The NIO FE-001 season seven car has already shown impressive reliability, completing an average of 292kms per day during winter testing.
Speaking about the news, NIO 333 Team Principal Christian Silk commented saying:
Obviously, during initial testing there are always bugs to iron out, but the way the car has run is truly impressive and a real credit to the hard work put in by everyone at NIO 333 FE Team. This reliability has freed up engineering resource to focus on pure car performance. Initial driver feedback has been positive both in terms of car balance, consistency and pace. After Berlin we knew we had several areas to focus on, and the hard work being put in by the team to resolve these issues is really paying off in terms of driver comments and the data collected from the car.
Our plans for Season 7 are ambitious, but we are a proud team with a vast depth of experience and I know I can speak for everyone when I say we will do everything in our power to achieve these goals.
The team will announce their season seven driver line up in the coming weeks and speaking about the new structure, NIO 333 Team CEO Vincent Wing said:
We head into season seven with renewed optimism as we have completed some very encouraging test runs this month with our new powertrain. We were an inexperienced team at the start of season six, using an old motor package to get us through the year, but we knew our strengths and weaknesses and are working swiftly to address them. We have ambitious plans for 2021 and are building up not only the technical side of the NIO 333 FE Team to improve our on-track performance, but also our operational side in both the UK and China. Everyone is extremely focused to ensure that the NIO 333 FE Team will be as competitive as possible before we head to Chile for the first FIA ABB Formula E World Championship race in January.”