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New NIO Challenger Breaks Cover

The newly named NI0 team has launched its new Season Four NextEV NIO 003 challenger with a fresh livery…..

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The newly named NIO team has launched its new Season Four NextEV NIO 003 challenger with a fresh livery.

The team, formerly known NextEV, has undergone a rebrand to align closer to its automotive business.

The NextEV NIO 003 features a new livery design which features the teams’ social media hashtag #BlueSkyComing, the meaning of the company’s Chinese name, Weilai.

E-racing365 understands the team is pursuing its twin-motor set-up, which it has used for the last two Formula E campaigns.

Gerry Hughes, who took over as Team Principal last season, believes that the new car and lineup will be a strong one for the Chinese-entered entity.

“Over the summer we completed multiple seasons worth of testing mileage with the NIO 003 development chassis which features an all new rear end, the design of which came under the leadership of Paul Fickers [Engineering Director – Performance Programme],” said Hughes.

“Season Four sees us welcome Luca Filippi on-board with the NIO Formula E Team and I firmly believe that these two drivers will form a formidable driver pairing for the coming season.

“Whilst Luca is new to the series he brings with him a wealth of motorsport experience which our young dynamic team will be looking to exploit.”

E-racing365 has discovered that the NIO team has hired Nigel Clyde to engineer Filippi this season.

Clyde has previous Formula E experience with Mahindra after a stint in Season Two when he engineered Nick Heidfeld.

Prior to that he worked Benetton F1 Team between 1996-2000 before establishing the Avanti Formula 3 Team. He was also employed in various engineering roles in GP2 and touring car squads.

As well as entering this year’s FIA Formula E Championship, NIO is continuing to develop and market the NIO EP9 road car, which set the lap record for an electric vehicle at Nürburgring’s Nordschleife last year.

The company unveiled its ‘vision car’, the EVE, and set a new world speed record for an autonomous vehicle at COTA, Texas, with the NIO EP9, earlier this year.

The ES8, NIO’s first mass production vehicle, was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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