NIO 333 has given the clearest indication to date that the team is ready to commit to the Formula E Gen3 rules package after revealing a “long-term” technical partnership.
NIO 333 was bought out by Li Sheng Racing, a Chinese circuit owner and operator of the nation’s touring car championship, on the eve of the 2019-20 season and now formed a technical alliance with Gusto Engineering, an automotive accessory and research and development firm founded by team executive director Alex Hui.
This “long-term project” aims to transfer electric racing knowledge from the Formula E programme into Chinese motorsport.
About this, Hui said: “For the next stage of the 333 Racing Formula E long term project I would like to bring the knowledge of electric racing back into the Chinese motorsport and automotive market.
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“We want to create a strong technical alliance between the UK and China, with GUSTO playing the major part in it.”
Gusto Engineering is already supplying components and services to NIO 333, while Hui will bring his “contacts” into the team to identify problems and allocate resources for investment and powertrain hardware development.
Hui added: “When Li Sheng Racing took over the team, I was asked to execute the operational and technical due diligence for the newly created ‘Brilliant In Excellence UK’ company that would manage the Formula E operation.
Formula E will still accept firm beyond deadline, but entries submitted after the date are expected to receive later access to the International Automobile Federation’s (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, FIA) bank of data from Gen3 parts suppliers Spark Racing Technology, Williams Advanced Engineering and Hankook.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago