Dillmann joins Turvey at NIO for 2018/19 FE season

NIO has revealed that Tom Dillmann will race alongside Oliver Turvey in the 2018/19 Formula E championship as the squad unveiled its NIO 004 Gen2 car livery on Monday.

Dillmann joins Turvey at NIO for 2018/19 FE season
Listen to this article

Dillmann, who replaces the recently-dropped Luca Filippi, and Turvey unveiled the NIO 004 at a launch event held at the Copper Box Arena in London. NIO has also entered into a new partnership with technology company Acronis.

“I am delighted to be joining NIO,” said Dillmann, who has started 10 races with Venturi over the last two FE campaigns. “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.”

Turvey, who held talks with the Nissan e.dams squad regarding a possible switch for season five, will continue to race for NIO, where he has raced since making his FE debut at the final round of the 2014/15 season when it was known as Team China Racing.

NIO Formula E Team launch

NIO Formula E Team launch

Photo by: NIO Formula E Team

“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.

“I have fully recovered from my hand injury [sustained] at the final race in New York, although this limited the amount of testing I was able to complete over the summer. Despite not being able to drive in August, I spent time working with the engineers to support the development testing of the new Gen2 car. 

“Due to my fast recovery, thanks to the experienced doctors and physiotherapists who have helped me, I was back behind the wheel during the September tests.

“The new Gen2 car feels fantastic, it is a clear step forward in terms of performance and efficiency.” 

NIO finished eighth in the 2017/18 standings with 47 points, with all but one scored by Turvey.

NIO Formula E Team launch

NIO Formula E Team launch

Photo by: NIO Formula E Team

Hughes hailed NIO’s new driver pairing ahead of the new season.

“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,” he 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.”

2018/19 Formula E line-up so far:

Team Drivers
Nissan e.dams

Switzerland Sebastien Buemi

Thailand Alexander Albon

Audi

Brazil Lucas di Grassi

Germany Daniel Abt

Mahindra TBA
Virgin Racing

United Kingdom Sam Bird

Netherlands Robin Frijns

Techeetah-DS

France Jean-Eric Vergne

Germany Andre Lotterer

Dragon

Argentina Jose Maria Lopez

TBA

Jaguar

New Zealand Mitch Evans

Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr

NIO

United Kingdom Oliver Turvey

France Tom Dillmann

Venturi

Brazil Felipe Massa

Italy Edoardo Mortara

Andretti-BMW

Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa

United Kingdom Alexander Sims

HWA

United Kingdom Gary Paffett

TBA

shares
comments
The new strategic factor Formula E teams expect to face
Previous article

The new strategic factor Formula E teams expect to face

Next article

Santiago Formula E race changes location, layout

Santiago Formula E race changes location, layout
What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2 Prime

What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2

The 2021-2022 Formula E season finale brought the curtain down on the Gen2 era of the all-electric world championship. It elevated FE to new heights, fulfilling its intended directive. While it is a good launching pad for the impending Gen3 cycle, there are certain aspects the series must tackle for the new era to have the same impact as its predecessor

Formula E
Aug 16, 2022
The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge Prime

The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge

The odds were heavily stacked in Stoffel Vandoorne’s favour to capture the Formula E crown at the Seoul finale, but chief rival Mitch Evans applied maximum pressure with victory in the first race. It meant Vandoorne had to show his resolve to reproduce the key qualities he held all season to complete his march to the title

Formula E
Aug 15, 2022
Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title? Prime

Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title?

Stoffel Vandoorne is on the brink of the Formula E title with a commanding lead ahead of the Seoul finale, but both rivals and unknowns still stand in his way. Here’s a run through of what Vandoorne must overcome to clinch the championship and how his competition will look to pull off the biggest of shocks.

Formula E
Aug 10, 2022
How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon Prime

How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon

It might not look like the most glittering of Formula E campaigns, but Dragon Penske’s youngster has caught the eye of those who count despite his future remaining unclear. Regardless of the distortion, Sergio Sette Camara has a clear vision of what he’s focused on and how to get there.

Formula E
Aug 4, 2022
How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London Prime

How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London

The penultimate stop on Formula E's world tour took in London's ExCeL, where the championship contenders were upstaged by two first-time winners in 2022. Andretti’s Jake Dennis kept the home fires burning in the first race as Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi claimed the second, but two consistent finishes mean its advantage Stoffel Vandoorne heading to the Seoul finale.

Formula E
Aug 1, 2022
The ex-F1 racer turned team boss adapting to a FE title fight Prime

The ex-F1 racer turned team boss adapting to a FE title fight

For the second year in a row, the Venturi team is in the thick of the fight for Formula E title glory with Edoardo Mortara. That's despite a change to a more meritocratic qualifying system, which was expected to give the works Mercedes team an edge, and ex-Formula 1 racer Jerome d'Ambrosio being new in the team principal hot seat. As he tells Motorsport.com, it's a challenge he's revelling in

Formula E
Jul 26, 2022
Why Sims is quitting Formula E to become the master of his own destiny Prime

Why Sims is quitting Formula E to become the master of his own destiny

Alexander Sims’ call to give up a pukka Formula E spot after four seasons in the series may have surprised some, but after laying out his reasoning and what he hopes comes next, very few onlookers can argue against his plan.

Formula E
Jul 20, 2022
How FE's Big Apple crunch led to Cassidy joy and heartache Prime

How FE's Big Apple crunch led to Cassidy joy and heartache

Nick Cassidy hadn't enjoyed too many joyful moments in the 2021-22 Formula E campaign, but the Envision Virgin driver was the class of the field in New York - even after a sudden downpour had caused him and several others to shunt heavily out of the first race. Red flags saved his bacon on that occasion, but a 30-place penalty that cost him pole for race two due to a new battery opened the door for Antonio Felix da Costa

Formula E
Jul 18, 2022