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NIO commits to Formula E Gen3 rules

Tom Dillmann (NIO Formula E Team), New York City E-Prix – Credit: Formula E.

Team NIO 333 has committed to the Gen3 era and will continue to operate in Formula E.

The team was bought out by Li Sheng Racing at the end of the 2019-2020 season. Gusto Engineering is also the official engine and chassis supplier to the Chinese Touring Car Championship. Together, the two organizations will contest and commit to the Gen3 era. The team principal will be Alex Hui.

This joint project aims to ensure that the knowledge generated from electric sports is incorporated into Chinese car production.

Hui said: “For the next stage of the 333 Racing Formula E long-term project, I would like to bring the knowledge of electric racing back into the Chinese motorsport and automotive market. We want to create a strong technical alliance between the UK and China, with GUSTO playing the major part in it.”

Hui also plans to bring his “contacts” to the team to analyze and solve powertrain hardware problems:

“When Li Sheng Racing took over the team, I was asked to execute the operational and technical due diligence for the newly created ‘Brilliant In Excellence UK’ company that would manage the Formula E operation. Mr Qing Xia (LSR chairman) then invited me to stay on as a consultant and then offered me the opportunity to become the executive director of the team. I don’t manage the team on a day to day basis, that is up to my UK colleagues, but I am responsible for the technical strategy. I am constantly speaking to the engineers to understand what they need to drive the team forward.”

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