In two weeks, the Formula E starts with the season 2019/2020 in its sixth year. Designed for Formula cars with electric motors, the racing series was launched on the initiative of Jean Todt, planned by the promoter Alejandro Agag and his company Formula E Holdings on behalf of the FIA, and since September 13, 2014 hosted at city courses spread all over the world. Since 2018, the Swiss-based energy and automation technology group ABB Ltd. eponymous main sponsor. Audi and BMW are already part of it; In the coming season, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join the field of participants. Exciting also for German fans and certainly lucrative for global model manufacturers such as Spark and Minichamps to devote to this topic. The Aacheners delivered miniatures to Team NIO Sport last week.
The NIO Formula E Team goes back to the already founded in 2004 A1 Team China, which was launched on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Sports to participate in the A1GP series as a Chinese national team. With the takeover of the team by the electric car start-up company NIO from China in 2015, it was renamed to the name known today. For the drivers Tom Dillmann from France and Oliver Turvey from England with the starting numbers No. 8 and No. 16 it ran in the last season rather mixed, because with only seven points occupied the now from Great Britain licensed NIO Formula E team at the end of the 11th place in the constructors' championship. For comparison, the winner was the Chinese flagged team DS Techeetah with 222 points.
It went to the start like all other teams with the cars of Typ Spark SRT_05e. It was the first year for the unit chassis, a joint production for the - as the numeral in the name suggests - fifth Formula E season of various suppliers under the roof of Spark Racing Technology. Dallara developed the chassis, McLaren applied technologies MAT developed the battery technology. The subsidiary of the McLaren Technology Group cooperated with Sony, the manufacturer of cell technology, as well as with Lucid Motors, which is responsible for the design and management software. For the first time in Formula E was introduced with the fifth season, the Halo system for the protection of pilots in the cockpit. The maximum power of the vehicles increased from 200 kW to 250 kW, the power in the race from 180 kW to 200 kW; so converted 272 hp. Because of the higher battery capacity, the races could be driven by a car.
Minichamps dedicated itself to the models of the cars of the NIO Formula E team with the name NIO Sport 004 in the quality known of the Aachener. The miniatures of diecast correspond to the last corner of the models. Minichamps has taken these models with the same meticulousness and attention to detail as from the Formula 1; There are no smears in the finish. The car of Oliver Turvey with the starting number 16 appears under the item number 414180016; of Tom Dillmann (# 8) under the 414180008. While Turvey is also at the start in 2019/2020, in the second cockpit the Chinese Ma Qing Hua takes place. With the new team owner Linsheng Racing and under the new name NIO 333 FE, the team now hopes for a better placement, because it finally won in the first season 2014/2015 with Nelson Piquet jr. the driver's title.