NextEV NIO Formula E Team appoints Christian Silk as Chief Race Engineer

The NextEV NIO Formula E team is delighted to announce that Christian Silk has been appointed as Chief Race Engineer, a role that he will fulfil from this week’s Buenos Aires ePrix onwards.

Christian brings with him a wealth of experience in motorsport engineering, spanning twenty-eight seasons, and which has seen him compete at the highest levels of the sport.  Following a degree in Automotive Engineering and Design at Loughborough University, Christian spent eleven years at the Renault F1 team, including eight years as Chief Test Engineer.  He then moved on to an F1 Project Manager role with Marussia F1 Team before joining the Williams F1 Team as Engineering Project Manager.

Today’s announcement follows the appointment of NextEV NIO Formula E’s former Chief Engineer Gérry Hughes as Team Principal, and will further strengthen the team’s engineering department as the team heads into the next round of the 2016/17 Formula E Championship.

Gérry Hughes, Team Principal, NextEV NIO Formula E Team: “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.”

Christian Silk, Chief Race Engineer, NextEV NIO Formula E Team: “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!”