Renault unveils Formula E Season 4 'Z.E.17' car in Paris
Three-time FIA Formula E manufacturer champion Renault e.dams unveiled its Season 4 car, named 'Z.E.17' in an event in Paris.
The glittering event was attended by the team's co-owners Alain Prost and Jean-Paul Driot, along with the drivers Sebastian Buemi and Nicolas Prost.
Also in attendance were Renault Sport Racing's President Jerome Stroll, Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul and Director of Renault Electric Vehicles Gilles Normand.
The new livery revealed, keeps the lively blue and black from last season - blue being Renault's trademark colour for its electric vehicles. The car has a white addition to it, which replaces the traditional yellow.
The new Z.E.17 [Copyright: Renault e.dams]
Team boss Driot said: "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."
Prost added: "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 partners for Renault largely remains the same with HP, Richard Mille, LEMO, Julius Baer and 8Js continuing its support. However, the new season will see Acronis join the Formula E team, after recently becoming partners with the Formula 1 outfit of the French manufacturer.
The F1 team boss Abiteboul also stressed on the importance of balancing between the two teams and exchange of technologies, so as to build Renault's brand further in the motor racing world.
"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," he said.
"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," he added, hinting on a possible new colours for Renault in F1 in 2018, which currently runs the yellow and black combination.
The new season kicks off in Hong Kong with a double-header during December 2-3 weekend, while it ends with another double-header in Montreal during the July 28-29 weekend after 14 races.