NIO 333 reveal their new livery for season eight

On November 17th, the NIO 333 squad unveiled their new livery for the upcoming FIA Formula E World Championship season, which they hope will bring them more luck. 

Maintaining the NIO and 333 Racing shades of blue we’ve seen on the car for much of the teams’ time in the all-electric racing series, this year’s livery also gives a nod to electric racing with the lighter blue lines that streak down each side of the new NIO 333 001. The red flecks seen at parts on the livery – most notably on the front and rear wing represents the teams’ Chinese culture.

“Since the end of last season, I’ve been thinking about the look of our team for Season 8,”  said CEO Vincent Wang.

“Last season’s car livery was very well received, which is definitely a happy thing, but it also posed a challenge for us to come up with an even better design for 2022!

“We tried a lot of different variations and ultimately wanted something familiar for the fans, but different. After repeated deliberation between our Chinese and British team members and design team, we decided upon a concept developed from last year’s acclaimed version.

“While the NIO blue and 333 Racing blue base colours were not drastically changed, we updated the lines on the side of the car to make them more ‘electric’.

“At first glance these feel a bit cyberpunk and edgy, whilst bringing an evolution of last season’s car. In the new colour scheme, we have also added Chinese “red”, which stands out but is not obtrusive, and will also make our cars stand out from others in the race.”

However, the Chinese red isn’t the only thing on the car that promotes the team’s home country.

On the side of the car, just below the roll hoop and just behind where the drivers’ heads will be, sits a little rabbit. Wang explains the reasoning behind this distinctive and subtle new feature.

“In the most visible position on the car, we have placed a ‘rabbit’ representing ‘China Speed.’ It was the winner of a competition we launched a few months ago alongside NIO in China. The logo, designed by NIO user: ‘Funny Frank’ stood out amongst the many entries we received.

“Hopefully, this rabbit, which means ‘smart’ and ‘lucky’ will bring us good luck in the upcoming FIA Formula E World Championship season.”

Finishing bottom of the teams’ table last year with just 19 points, the team still managed to outscore their combined tally from the previous two campaigns, as they went on to score points in six of the 15 races last season. NIO 333’s aim is to beat their immediate rivals Dragon/Penske Autosport and climb off the tail of the grid, which will be a tall order.

Tom Blomqvist announced on the same day that he would be driving in IMSA in 2022, meaning he would not be continuing with the team for a second season.

Unfortunately, I won’t be returning to Formula E with NIO 333 in 2022.” The British driver explained via Twitter. “It was a tough decision for me to make but I’m thankful for our time together this season and wish them all the best for the future.”

British driver Oliver Turvey remains with the team for an eighth season, having scored 13 of the teams’ 19 points last season. His new teammate is set to be named later this month, before pre-season testing gets underway at Valencia on the 29th November.

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