RENAULT E.DAMS

Electrifying innovation

feed

25 Aug. 2016

RENAULT E.DAMS CONCLUDE POSITIVE FIRST TEST

RENAULT E.DAMS CONCLUDE POSITIVE FIRST TEST

25 Aug. 2016

25 August, 2016: Renault e.dams concluded this week’s first official pre-season test at Donington Park in positive fashion, pleased with the pace and reliability of the FIA Formula E season-three contesting Renault Z.E.16.

Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost were able to go for quick laps over the course of the past three days – split into two test sessions per day – but the primary aim of the team and drivers was to accumulate laps and data to test the systems of the Z.E.16 which will be utilised for the defence of the teams’ championship commencing on October 9 in Hong Kong.

The final day of the test was characterised by a damp Donington Park, with the morning session predominantly featuring a drying track but returning rain making for a mainly more moist, afternoon with the track only drying for rapid laps late in the three-hour session .

Nico Prost was the quicker of the team’s drivers with a 1min 30.237secs, the third fastest lap in the morning, whilst Sébastien Buemi was the quicker of the two in the afternoon with his 1min 31.144secs time the third fastest lap.

Pre-season testing resumes at Donington Park on September 5-7.

Alain Prost, Senior Team Manager

Today both drivers had the added challenge of a wet circuit, which can be fun but requires an added element of caution. The day was pretty straightforward which is what you want from testing. The engineers and drivers have delivered what we wanted so far and we’re all looking to concluding testing in two weeks’ time ready to head to Hong Kong to get the season underway.

Jean-Paul Driot, Senior Team Manager

We’re happy with everything we’ve seen over the past three days at Donington, even if we didn’t greet today’s rain with the greatest of enthusiasm!  The car, driver and team are all working well and we’ve made good progress with our programme so far.

Vincent Gaillardot, Renault Sport Project Leader

Certainly this was a productive test for us over the course of the past three days. The Z.E.16 has worked as we hoped and expected, which is always what you want from a new racing package.  Séb and Nico both gave insightful and positive feedback which is a benefit of working with professional drivers of their calibre.

Sébastien Buemi

I feel positive after this week’s test as the car feels very promising. Not only have we been able to test our car, we’ve also been able to have a look at the opposition. Certainly I think we’ll have a tough challenge over the course of the season ahead so there should be some great racing. We have just three days of official testing left before the season begins so we know what we have to do.

Nico Prost

It was a really big contrast from yesterday on track as it was so damp and grey here. Naturally we were pushing the car on occasion so I did have quite a memorable spin on a wet patch in the morning, but no harm was done.  The car and team are working well so I’m looking forward to returning for the final test and getting the season underway.

 

 

24 Aug. 2016

RENAULT E.DAMS LAP IT UP AT DONINGTON

RENAULT E.DAMS LAP IT UP AT DONINGTON

24 Aug. 2016

24 August, 2016: Reigning FIA Formula E teams’ champion Renault e.dams continued to rack up the laps at Donington Park in the second day of official pre-season testing.

Sébastien Buemi was the team’s fastest driver today, with his 1min 29.765secs lap the third fastest in the quicker morning session. Nicolas Prost went third in the afternoon with a 1min 30.344secs. Both drivers spent the majority of the day working on assessments of the season three challenger, the Renault Z.E.16.

Tomorrow will be the final day of this week’s test, with pre-season testing resuming on September 5-7.

Alain Prost, Senior Team Manager

Testing is not the most glamorous part of the season but it’s exciting for the drivers to get the first taste of the car they will drive and for the engineers to confirm all the designs are working as they should. Today was a useful day in this process and the team showed positively in both pace and reliability.

Jean-Paul Driot, Senior Team Manager

A test day with no particular issues or dramas is always a positive especially if we can complete a good number of laps and be fast as well. Obviously, continuing with our familiar driver line-up means we are able to go through all the necessary assessments and evaluations in a productive manner. We are certainly happy with progress so far.

Vincent Gaillardot, Renault Sport Project Leader

Testing for us at Donington is all about getting mileage on the car and validating that everything works as it should. We achieved a strong tally of laps in the two sessions today and both drivers gave positive feedback.  We’re going in the right direction with the car even if it is difficult to assess the relevance of set-up changes here as Donington is so different from the type of circuits we race on. Both drivers completed long runs which are important for race simulations and assessments. It was particularly warm for the UK here today, maybe tomorrow we will have some different weather to assist with our evaluations.

Sébastien Buemi

It was frustrating not to go for a quick lap right at the end of the afternoon session due to another car having a romance with the gravel trap but overall it was a productive day. It was good to get some long runs on the board and we looked relatively quick in the morning too. You can certainly see the improvements made since we were here with last season’s car a year ago.

Nico Prost

It was a strong day at the track for us and fabulous weather in Donington too! We were able to build on work done yesterday and made positive progress. We were able to get some long runs too so we’ve got a good amount of data for the engineers to work with. Certainly I’m keeping a close eye on what the other cars are doing as it’s still early days in testing, but I’m happy with how everything has gone so far.

25 Nov. 2015

FUTURE OF THE GAME

Future of the Game: Is Formula E the Future of Motorsport?

25 Nov. 2015
23 Aug. 2016

Renault e.dams season preparations commence

Renault e.dams season preparations commence

23 Aug. 2016

23 August, 2016: Reigning FIA Formula E teams’ champion Renault e.dams got its title defence underway today as official pre-season testing started at Donington Park.

2015/16 drivers’ champion Sébastien Buemi and team-mate Nicolas Prost, who finished in third position overall last year, got behind the wheel of their Renault Z.E.16 cars at the Leicestershire track for the first of six days of running, which will be split over the next three weeks.

With the final livery for Season 3 due to be unveiled at the first race of the year in Hong Kong in October, both cars ran in an interim livery of black and white for the first day of the three day test. It was an auspicious start for the team, with Sébastien setting the fastest time overall, a 1min 30.143 after 23 laps, eight tenths of a second quicker than second-fastest Nick Heidfeld of Mahindra Racing. Nico Prost was 11th with a best of 1min 32.309 and a tally of 30 laps.

The 2016/17 season will be the third season of the pioneering all-electric series and is set to be the toughest yet, with added manufacturer entries, an updated aerodynamic package and continued technical freedom on the sophisticated powertrains. As team champions for the last two years, Renault e.dams has a weight of expectation, but is keen to uphold its technical leadership in the field.

The season gets underway in Hong Kong on 9 October 2016.

Alain Prost, Senior Team Manager

At the start of the championship last year we said we had two objectives: to win the teams’ and the drivers’ championships. Our objectives this year are the same, but we are realistic about the challenge we have before us. We are going to have to work harder to compete with the other manufacturer teams such as Jaguar and Audi, and the smaller teams who were very strong at the end of the year as well. We will use these coming days to evaluate our position and reinforce where necessary, but we are cautiously optimistic about our continued goals this year.

Jean-Paul Driot, Senior Team Manager

We come back extremely motivated for Season 3. Every year the championship moves forward and we remain humble about the challenge in front of us. We can see that everyone has moved forward and the gaps are smaller than ever but today’s results are reassuring. Seb’s time was strong and shows we are going in the right direction for this season. We look forward to continuing this over the coming days of testing.

Vincent Gaillardot, Renault Sport Project Leader

As Donington is not necessarily representative of other circuits we encounter this year, we used the time today to continue the validation of our technical package for the year and run more in the configuration we will use at the start of the season. We also ran through a race day simulation, with qualifying and race work to prepare both the drivers and the team. It was a pretty successful day, although we are only at the start of the official testing programme at the moment.

Sébastien Buemi

Today was a very good day. It’s only the first day of testing so we can’t draw a lot of conclusions, but it’s clear it’s better to be ahead than behind! We checked the developments we have made to the car over last year and our time – practically a new lap record! – shows we are quicker than last year. It’s a good start so we will see how it continues tomorrow.

Nico Prost

Things went well today, the car felt good and we were able to identify a few things beyond the initial tests we carried out earlier; we could still find some interesting data. We look very competitive, Seb posted a good time, so it was a really good first day and we need to carry on like that tomorrow and over the coming days.

03 Jul. 2016

Renault e.dams wins second FIA Formula E championship title, Sébastien Buemi crowned drivers’ champion

Renault e.dams wins second FIA Formula E championship title, Sébastien Buemi crowned drivers’ champion

03 Jul. 2016

The drive and dynamism of Renault e.dams was duly rewarded today as a double win for Nico Prost in the London ePrix saw the French squad crowned FIA Formula E champion for a second consecutive year. A dramatic season finale in Battersea Park, London, where Sébastien Buemi had to race for fastest lap to gain the necessary points, brought double delight for the team as he was crowned drivers’ champion.

Renault e.dams embraced the challenge of the Formula E championship from the outset. It took the inaugural Formula E teams’ title in the first year of competition in 2014/15 but narrowly missed the drivers’ title that year.

An overhaul of the technical regulations for the second year, in which teams were given freedom over the powertrain, allowed Renault opportunity to put its technical expertise to adept use. Using its extensive EV know-how and facilities, which helped to create the avant-garde Twizy and ZOE, Renault e.dams quickly emerged as the title favourites.

The team won the first race of the second season in Beijing by a dominant 11 seconds. Another victory followed in round three in Punta del Este, plus podiums in Buenos Aires, Mexico and Paris. The team returned to winning ways in Berlin, setting up a nail-biting title showdown in London. Nico Prost took the spoils in the first race in London, edging Renault e.dams closer to the title, and his lights-to-flag victory in race two secured the crown.

Sébastien’s race to the title was much more dramatic. Wins in Beijing, Punta del Este and Berlin put him one point behind Lucas di Grassi coming into London. Fifth place in the first of the double header set up the title showdown for the second race, but it was not to be a textbook finale. A first lap collision with Lucas di Grassi damaged both Séb and Lucas’ cars, but with both level on points after Séb secured pole, the Swiss needed to continue to secure the title. What followed was a game of cat and mouse: with both out of the points, Séb and Lucas tried to secure the extra points for fastest lap. Ultimately a last-gasp run on the penultimate lap gave Séb the title, his first Formula E crown following a near-miss last year.

Sébastien has scored a total of 155 points and three wins en route to his first Formula E title. Nico has won twice to score a total of 115 points and finish the championship in third position.

Renault has used – and will continue the use – the trail-blazing series as a platform to road-test cutting edge electric vehicle technology, allowing thousands of road users to benefit everyday. Renault now leads the market in ZE sales.

Sébastien Buemi: “I struggle to believe it today. It’s amazing to be the champion after a very tough season. It was not how I wanted to win the title today if I’m honest. We had the crash at the start and our only choice was to win on the fastest lap. We had to give everything; tactics, placement… But I’m extremely happy for everyone. Everyone has worked so hard to get here and they deserve the title. The cleanest and fastest driver won and the best team too.”

Nicolas Prost: “It’s been a dream weekend. The pace in the last few races has been very strong so we knew that we would be the team to beat this weekend, but you never take anything for granted. We’ve had a fantastic weekend, with two wins, so you can’t get much better than this. Yesterday was important as I have had a very difficult season, but bounced back gradually and found the winning form right at the end. I’m so pleased to have secured third in the championship, delighted for Séb and of course very proud of this phenomenal team.”

Alain Prost, senior team manager, Renault e.dams: “I am extremely proud of the team today. Formula E is one of the most competitive environments I have ever experienced, and to win two titles today is an extraordinary achievement. We were fighting against top teams and drivers and never took it as a given that we could win. We have worked hard all year to put together the best car possible and Renault did a fantastic job with the powertrain. Two titles in two years is a fantastic tribute to everyone who has given their time and effort to the team.”

Jean-Paul Driot, senior team manager, Renault e.dams: “It is difficult to express emotions as you experience in these moments. You hope and you dream of these things, but when they actually happen you find it hard to get the right words. I am proud of each and every team member for contributing to these victories. We have built a professional and capable team that has risen to the challenge in the toughest of environments. We are proud of the team and our partnership with Renault. We have not made things easy for ourselves, and today was particularly tough, but we came through in the end and can enjoy these times now!”

Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing: “We are absolutely delighted with the titles today. The Formula E championship is an ideal platform for Renault to demonstrate the innovation and quality of its electric vehicle technology. The opening of the technical regulations in season two was a perfect opportunity for the teams at Renault Sport and our motorsport engine operations and the Technocentre, the nerve centre of road car design, to put their advanced skills and understanding of EV technology to the test. The robustness and speed of the package they put together was quickly acknowledged as the best in the field, and I am extremely pleased that we now have the titles to say so officially! Congratulations to the team and to Sébastien. We look forward to the developments we have seen on track this year being put to good use by our road car users in the latest generation of ZE vehicles.”

 

 

Drivers // Team

NICO
PROST

SEBASTIEN
BUEMI

SUPPORT US

JEAN-PAUL DRIOT
ALAIN PROST

PARTNERS

RACE CALENDAR

24 / October
BEIJING
Prost -   Buemi 1
07 / November
PUTRAJAYA
Prost 10   Buemi 12
19 / December
PUNTA DEL ESTE
Prost 5   Buemi 1
06 / February
BUENOS AIRES
Prost 5   Buemi 2
12 / March
MEXICO CITY
Prost 3   Buemi 2
02 / April
LONG BEACH
Prost 11   Buemi 16
23 / April
PARIS
Prost 4   Buemi 3
21 / May
BERLIN
Prost 4   Buemi 1
02 / July
LONDON
03 / July
LONDON
09 / October
HONG KONG
© 2015 RENAULT e.dams - Powered by & Designed by Logo Post Scriptum Web Agency - Credits: Bernard Asset / Hadrien Picard / DPPI