The NIO333 Formula E team have revealed details of their new 2021 powertrain which will be 27kg in weight as the Chinese team look to change their fortunes after two seasons at the back of the grid.
The team has recently recruited several new engineers to replace those affiliated to QEV and begun testing of its new powertrain which will see the team become a manufacturer in the series which allows them to have 13 days of track testing.
The powertrain unit specifications include an efficiency calculation of >98.5% on race power at race settled temperature; 20krpm maximum revs; a maximum race cycle temperature of 95˚C (max operating temperature 200˚C); a powertrain cluster weight of 27kgs and an expected life of 50+ hours between service.
Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist have conducted the testing in recent weeks, with the team saying it’s been averaging 181 miles of running per day.
Team principal Christian Silk said the initial reliability of the package has “freed up engineering resource to focus on pure car performance”.
“Initial driver feedback has been positive both in terms of car balance, consistency and pace. “After Berlin, we knew we had several areas to focus on, and the hard work being put in by the team to resolve these issues is really paying off in terms of driver comments and the data collected from the car.”
Vincent Wang, CEO of NIO333, said that the team’s inexperience last season – “using an old motor package to get us through the year” – showed that it knew “its strengths and weaknesses and we are working swiftly to address them.
“We have ambitious plans for 2021 and are building up not only the technical side of the NIO333 FE team to improve our on-track performance, but also our operational side in both the UK and China.”