The champions unveiled a livery featuring a vivid blue colour with flashes of bright yellow that will make the Renault Z.E.16 stand out from the Formula E pack. The new livery will be on show at the Renault stand in the Paris Motorshow from tomorrow, alongside the Renault Sport Formula One Team R.S.16 car that currently contests the FIA Formula One World Championship.
‘The choice of the vivid blue colour for the Renault Z.E.16 firmly anchors the Renault e.dams team within the Renault and Renault Z.E brands,’ commented Renault Sport Racing managing director, Cyril Abiteboul. ‘We worked hand in hand with the design department of Renault to create visual synergies. Blue is the stand-out colour for the Renault Z.E range, so it was a logical choice to make the Formula E car reflect this.
‘Additionally, when you see the Formula E and Formula 1 cars together, the crossover points are notable. Both feature the colours in matt with the reflective flashes of the accent colours. Both also incorporate the monotone diamond logo we have put at the heart of the Renault brand this year. Our sponsors also agreed to use monotone logos which results in a pure, elegant livery and very legible branding.
‘At the start of the year we stated we wanted to promote Renault via the halo effect of Renault Sport Racing and we are steadily moving towards a cohesive identity in different disciplines. Through this, we hope that Renault will become instantly recognisable for fans and the public.’
The new livery is branded with HP, which becomes the team’s new official technology partner from this season. HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through its portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, it engineers experiences that amaze. As part of the partnership, HP will supply state-of-the-art PCs, tablets and plasma screens to the Renault e.dams team to aid race technical and sporting operations.
Jean Pierre Le Calvez, Global Head Customer Marketing, Alliances and Partnerships commented : ‘HP is delighted to be a major partner of the Renault e-dams Formula E team for the 2016/17 championship. As one of the world’s most admired and leading technology companies, it is vital for us to embrace innovation and to reinvent our products continuously while operating in the most demanding environments. This is what Renault Sport Racing is doing : embracing the unique challenges of a leading worldwide motorsport series that offers an excellent arena for us to perform at the highest tempo too. We look forward to working with the Renault e-dams team to deliver a unique competitive advantage through increasing the team’s design and operational impact.’
Richard Mille remains the team’s official partner for premium time pieces. Richard Mille’s success is founded upon three crucial elements : the best in technical innovation, the best of artistic and architectural features that contribute to the watch’s ergonomy, and the best of fine watchmaking’s heritage and culture. From the very inception of the brand, Richard Mille has endeavoured to apply to haute horlogerie the techniques and materials found in the most innovative sectors, from the domain of F1 racing car development to the aerospace industry, with the goal of creating an extreme timepiece, without compromise, without gimmicks.
Richard Mille commented, ‘For us it is very simple : although we are deeply involved in F1 and classic racing cars and events, the brand is constantly focused on the future. Formula E racing is the future, and I want very much to be a part of defining and anticipating how it develops. The Renault e.dams team is leading the pack within this new racing genre, so they are natural partners for a brand like ours, which concentrates on integrating new concepts into a defining vision of watchmaking’s future. On the top of that, they are my friends !’
The 8Js logo confirms the innovative clothing company remains the team’s clothing partner of choice. 8Js will provide the team’s official kit whose colours and style will match the race car’s new livery while demonstrating the young brand’s talent for fit, practicality and elegance.
Sacha Prost added : ‘8Js has been a partner of the team since its inception. We are grateful to be part of a team that shares our passion for racing. The two first seasons have yielded a great number of wins and titles ; we hope the future will be even better.’
Finally, LEMO Connectors remain official partner of the Renault-e.dams team. LEMO is the acknowledged leader in the design and manufacture of precision custom connection and cable solutions. LEMO’s high quality Push-Pull connectors are found in a variety of challenging application environments including medical, automotive, industrial control, test and measurement, audio-video and telecommunications.
Alexandre Pesci, LEMO CEO, commented : ‘Having known Alain and Nicolas Prost for some time and wanting to expand our exposure into more motorsport categories, it was only natural for LEMO to choose Renault e.dams as a partner. Given the impact that Formula E has had since its inception, it is a great platform for us to explore new products, materials and cable technology. We look forward to how the partnership may develop in the future.’
Alain Prost, senior team manager for Renault-e.dams, commented : ‘I’m pleased to finally launch our 2016/17 colours that we will use to defend both titles. Our aims are the same as the past two years : to win the Teams’ and the Drivers’ championships. We have a good operational team and a good partner in Renault, who brings strong technical support. We also have two strong drivers that are very complementary. In all areas there is co-operation and cohesion, which is incredibly important. It is a real credit to everyone, and our motivation is as high as ever, even though the challenge before us will be very tough.’
Jean-Paul Driot, senior team manager for Renault e.dams, added : ‘The new Renault Z.E.16 car looks very good and we are looking forward to getting going again in what looks to be a very strong series yet again. We have to put everything we learnt into practice to achieve what we want to do this year. The objective is the same as usual – to win both championships, win races and to get the maximum amount of points possible.’