NORTH WEST LEICESTERSHIRE, England – The NextEV Formula E Team has announced its driver line-up and revealed the new livery for its 2016/17 challenger ahead of the first official pre-season test at Donington Park.
The team has confirmed that inaugural Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey will remain with the team for the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship. Both drivers have extended their relationship with the team through multi-season agreements, ensuring that the NextEV Formula E Team has consistency in terms of drivers for the upcoming season.
Piquet won the inaugural Formula E Drivers’ Championship in London in June 2015 for the NextEV Formula E team after scoring two race wins at Long Beach and Moscow. It was at the season finale in the series’ maiden year that Turvey made his first appearance for the squad, impressing on his Formula E debut with two points finishes on the narrow Battersea street circuit. He subsequently joined Piquet for a full season with the team for the 2015/16 season.
The NextEV Formula E Team’s new 2016/17 car has successfully completed 14 full days of private testing at the tight and twisty Calafat Circuit in Spain. Testing has focused on the development of the all-new NextEV 700R powertrain and set-up programs for the challenging street circuits, with the development car in the hands of Piquet, Turvey and Ben Hanley.
Adding further strength to the outfit, the NextEV Formula E team has appointed a number of new team members this season. Gerry Hughes remains chief race engineer and is joined by Paul Fickers as chief technical officer and Barry Mortimer as team manager.
“After the many months of hard work that everyone at the team has put in, we are delighted to reveal our NextEV Formula E Team 2016/17 challenger,” said Martin Leach, NextEV Formula E Team team principal. “We are pleased with the progress made during private testing and are looking forward to continuing our extensive testing program at this week’s test. Our new powertrain, increased regeneration levels and technical upgrades have us set for an exciting season ahead. Our team has further been strengthened with the appointment of new members, as we move into the next phase of NextEV’s involvement with Formula E.”
“We are also happy to retain both Nelson and Oliver as we prepare to challenge for the 2016/17 championship. We believe we have the strongest driver pairing in the series and, with both drivers having contributed to the development of the new car, we are confident that we will be at the sharp end of the grid once again.”
CREDIT: NextEV Formula E Team