NextEV NIO have appointed Christian Silk as their Chief Race Engineer, joining the team from this weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.
Following on from the news that Gérry Hughes joins the team as team principal, NextEV Nio have continued to add to their team with the appointment Silk, who has previously worked in senior roles in the Renault, Marussia and Williams Formula One teams.
Silk spent eleven years at the Renault F1 team, including eight years as Chief Test Engineer. He then took project engineering roles at Marussia, followed by Williams.
Silk said that he was excited to continue the development of electric cars through the Formula E championship:
“I am obviously delighted to join the NextEV NIO Formula E team and am really looking forwards to working with such a talented team. As anyone who knows me will testify, I have always been very environmentally aware, and joining a team that is working so hard to improve the technology that will improve all our futures is a real privilege. Motor racing is always about pushing the boundaries of new technologies and in this aspect Formula E really excels. I can’t wait for Buenos Aires!”
Team principal Gérry Hughes added:
“During his time at the Marussia and Williams F1 teams, Christian undertook the role of Project Manager. It is in this specific area where I feel that Christian will be able to bring a significant amount of experience to this aspect of NextEV NIO Sport’s racing activities, as we continue to lay the foundations of the future organisation. I am delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to working with him closely.”
Both Nelson Piquet and Oliver Turvey will compete for NextEV NIO at this weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix, which is round three of the current season.