The representatives of the Renault e.dams team, co-owners Alain Prost and Jean-Paul Driot, Jérôme Stoll and Cyril Abiteboul, respectively President and Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, as well as Gilles Normand, Director of Renault Electric Vehicles and drivers Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost came together to celebrate the Team’s Title won in Season 3, in the presence of the French and international media and the team’s partners at the Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées.
With its third consecutive team title, Renault e.dams is the only squad to have won the title since the creation of the discipline. Last year, Renault e.dams scored the double, taking the Team’s title and Driver’s title with Sébastien Buemi, and will try in Season 4 to do it again and to remain undefeated in a more and more competitive championship.
During this celebration, the Renault Z.E.17 was unveiled by the drivers, Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost, and presented by Alain Prost and Jean-Paul Driot. The new livery is this year, like last year, characterised by a very predominant lively blue presence, which is Renault’s symbolic electric vehicle color. The white adds a touch of elegance while also respecting the brand’s codes. A horizontal white line is a reminder of the Formula 1 livery and confirms the coherence of the Renault image in FA and FE.
Renault e.dams wishes to thank its partners (HP, Richard Mille and 8Js) that have been on board during its competition success and technical operations. For season 4, the team is proud to welcome a new partner Acronis. “Renault Sport Racing demands superior reliability, scalability, and performance for their data storage, essential in motorsport. Renault Sport Racing requires the best technology on the market, and this is the reason they chose Acronis Storage and Acronis Backup Cloud solutions, that are rapidly becoming the preferred option for automotive industry”, said Serguei Beloussov, CEO and a co-founder of Acronis.
"For the past forty years, being an engine supplier has been the common thread in Renault’s motor racing involvement, in Formula 1 and now in Formula E. As the only constructor currently implicated in both disciplines, Renault has developed multiple synergies between the two programs. This is firstly true on the technical level, with a single engineering department and a common resource center. I believe that our supremacy in Formula E is due in large part to the expertise developed for Formula 1 since the arrival of the hybrid systems in 2009. For season 4, the challenge for Renault Sport Racing will consist of balancing the resources between defending the three Team’s titles and – in providing a service that must be exemplary in this season of technical stability - and the preparation of season 5, which will be marked by major rule changes. These synergies are also reflected in the image: the new Renault e.dams livery foreshadows the evolution of our identity in Formula 1 for the 2018 season. The latest illustration concerns our sponsors: Acronis, a global technology partner of Renault Sport Racing, will now be displayed on the bodywork of the Renault e.dams cars."
“I am delighted to finally lift the veil on the colors we will use to defend our title in this new season. Our goal remains the same as it has been for the past three years: win the Team’s and Driver’s championships. We have seen that the competition will be tougher with some major car manufactures joining us in the championship but we have a very good team and a very solid technical partner with Renault. We also have two excellent drivers, who have worked very well together since the beginning of our adventure, they are very complementary. We have a genuine cohesion at all levels, which is our strength. This year, our motivation is stronger even though we know that the challenge will be harder to meet.”
"The new livery for season 4 gives a new impetus to our Renault e.dams to run more and more at the sharp end of the grid. However, it is necessary as always in motor racing to remain humble. The competition with the biggest manufacturers is going to be tough, but adversity is the driving force behind our great motivation."
"I would like to thank the Renault e.dams team for bringing us, once again, an unforgettable show to our city-centers. Silent, zero emissions, Formula E racing reminds us first and foremost that electric vehicles offer real driving pleasure. This new title confirms Renault’s leadership in electric technology both on the track and on the road. Indeed, in Europe, more than one in four electric vehicles is a Renault and the ZOE is at the top of this fast-growing segment. "
Since the creation of the Formula E championship, Renault’s expertise with electric vehicles and motor racing pedigree has made it the leader in the discipline as the first constructor to enter and power the entire field in Season 1. First as a technical partner of the e.dams team, then title sponsor of the French team, Renault has created a new motor racing look and has reaffirmed its tradition as a company focused on innovation and modernity.
For Season 4, the rules will remain unchanged before a major evolution in Season 5. With this in mind, Renault is already working on the development of the powertrain for Seasons 5-8 and also reaffirms its involvement in this discipline for the future.
The Renault Group was the first European constructor to launch a complete range of 100% electric vehicles in 2012. Today, Renault continues to dominate the European electric market; more than one electric vehicle in four sold in Europe is a Renault.
Renault benefits from a genuine expertise in electric mobility, reinforced by its pioneering and leadership in the electric vehicle market. The advanced technologies developed by Renault for an implementation in Formula E can contribute, directly or indirectly, to the optimisation of standard Renault electric vehicles.
Once again the Z.E.17 will proudly feature the logo of HP, with whom Renault e.dams continues its official technology partnership. Thanks to its line of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions and services, HP develops unique experiences and offers technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through its association with Renault e.dams, HP will continue to provide innovative PCs to support the team’s technical operations and sporting successes in the Formula E series.
Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all
files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers.
The team’s official timekeeper, Richard Mille continues its partnership with Renault e.dams. Its success is based on three pillars: to combine the best of technical innovation, art and functional architecture to always offer more ergonomics to a watch while conserving the quintessence of the heritage and culture of luxury watchmakers. Richard Mille committed himself to using techniques and materials from the most innovative sectors, from the gestation of F1 to the aerospace industry, to create a unique timepiece that is without compromise.
There is also the 8Js logo, also confirming the prolongation of the innovative clothes brand as the fabric partner of choice for the team. 8Js will furnish the official team uniforms, whose colors and style correspond to the car’s new livery while showcasing the talents of the young brand concerning the lines, practicality and elegance.
LEMO Connectors continues to accompany the team as an official partner. As the recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of custom made connectors, precision cables and cabling systems LEMO offers high-quality Push-Pull connectors for use in the demanding fields of medicine, industrial control, tests and measurements, audio-video as well as telecommunications.
Julius Baer is looking forward to the start of the new season, especially since Formula E’s announcement to bring circuit racing back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years, with the Zurich E-Prix in 2018. From the very start, the concept of Formula E has been to challenge convention in the world of motorsports; both from a technological and entertainment point of view – and the championship will continue pushing these boundaries in season 4. Julius Baer is proud to be the exclusive global partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, and is pleased to support for the third year in a row Renault e.dams and their two drivers, Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost.
Season 4 Calendar
The announcement of the 2017-2018 Formula E season confirms the history-making return of a motor race in Switzerland. In all, the calendar features four new events: Santiago, Sao Paulo, Rome and Zurich.
1 Hong Kong China 2, December 2017
2 Hong Kong China 3, December 2017
3 Marrakech Marocco 13, January 2018
4 Santiago Chili 3, February 2018
5 Mexico City Mexico 3, March 2018
6 Sao Paulo Brasil 17, March 2018
7 Roma Italia 14, April 2018
8 Paris France 28, April 2018
9 Berlin Germany 19, May 2018
10 Zurich Switzerland 10, June 2018
11 New York USA 14, July 2018
12 New York USA 15, July 2018
13 Montréal Canada 28, July 2018
14 Montréal Canada 29, July 2018
*All events remain subject to FIA track homologation
"It is always a pleasure to discover new cities. I am happy to return to certain tracks like Hong Kong, Paris, New York and Montreal. I look forward to discover the new destinations in South America. We have always been warmly welcomed!’’
"I am delighted about the destinations for this year but even more so to be able to finally welcome an ePrix in my home country, Switzerland. It is a dream come true. Zurich is the biggest city in the country and it will be incredible to race there. I am very impatient to discover the circuit and race for my country.”