The NIO Formula E Team has announced its drivers line-up for the 2017/18 season and revealed the cars’ colour scheme at Valencia where official pre-season testing went underway.

NIO confirmed that Oliver Turvey will remain with the team and will be joined by Italian racer Luca Filippi.

“Let me firstly thank everyone in NIO for the great opportunity given to me to race in the FIA Formula E Championship. It is a new electric world for me and a new racing system oriented to the future that is full of talent and clean technology, so I am extremely excited to become a part of it,” Filippi said, who contributed to the team’s 15 private test days.

“During our first test run together in Spain I immediately had a great feeling with the car and all the people in the team. To join NIO for S4 is a dream come true and I am very much looking forward to working with Oliver and Gerry [Hughes, team principal] and starting this journey with everyone in the NIO Formula E team.”

“Firstly, I would like to thank NIO for their continued belief and support in me,” Turvey added.

“I am delighted to be continuing for a third season with the NIO Formula E Team. I believe we have grown together over the last two seasons and we have been able to make some good progress together. The whole NIO team has been working extremely hard on the new Season 4 car and in the development testing I have felt some positive changes in the chassis and powertrain. I am confident the team has made a step forward and believe we have gained a greater understanding of the car.

“I would like to welcome Luca to the team; he brings a lot of experience, and having raced against him previously, I know he will make a strong team mate. I know we will work well together to develop the car and build a stronger team.” 

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