The NIO 333 name is gone after the Chinese car company ends its term which leads to the team now being called as ERT Formula E Team.
ERT Formula E Team comes after the seven-season partnership with Chinese car manufacturer NIO draws to a conclusion as the long-standing team heads towards their 10th season in the all-electric racing series.
The outfit are coming off the back of one of their best seasons in recent years. In the hands of Dan Ticktum and Sergio Sette Camara, who will continue with the team in Season 10, the combined effort saw one the team’s best seasons in recent years.
The pair demonstrated an impressive one-lap pace with 10 Duels appearances, converting these top 10 starting positions into nine point-scoring finishes and ending the season in ninth in the overall Teams’ standings.
Based out of their headquarters at the Silverstone Race Circuit, as part of the ERT ‘rebirth’ the team will look to commercialise their technology and IP and apply this on-track learning to road products, along with supporting the wider industry to push sustainable transport solutions.
“We are proud to unveil our new identity as the ERT Formula E Team, it is an exciting step in our journey,” said Alex Hui, Team Principal for ERT Formula E Team on the new journey ahead. As the only manufacturer Formula E team that is not currently tied to an OEM, our powertrain and software development has been done independently, putting us in a unique position.
“Utilising what we have learnt on track, we have already identified that we have a lot to offer in terms of improving electric vehicle performance, not just in relation to powertrains but whole vehicle engineering support and solutions, something which is already proving of interest within the automotive and motorsport industries.
“It is a natural progression for us to move forward commercialising this knowledge with the increasing global adoption of EVs, particularly as Formula E provides such a strong platform for OEMs and as such our conversations with partners in this arena are already advanced.”
ERT have been in the series since the dawn of Formula E, with Nelson Piquet Jnr taking the inaugural Drivers’ title with the team in the 2014/15 season. There have been a few name changes since then with NIO joining the squad in Season 3 to kick off a seven-year partnership that most recently saw the team under the moniker of NIO 333 Racing.
The ERT Formula E Team are expected to unveil their fresh new look before the official pre-season test kicks on at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain next week.
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[Note: The story is as per press release]