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By Sun Xiaochen in Buenos Aires | China Daily | Updated:2017-02-22 07:52Electric motor racing appeals to participants for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is its potential for reshaping the future of urban transportation.Oliver Turvey of China-backed team NextEV Nio is one of the growing legion of Formula E drivers intrigued by the prospect of adopting fancy track technologies to electric-powered road cars.The London native, who joined NextEV in 2015, had the good fortune to test drive EP9, the Chinese startup companys latest road-legal electric super car, on the famous Nurburgring track in Germany in October.EP9s lap time of 7.05 minutes smashed all previous electric-vehicle (EV) records.A two-year veteran of Formula E, Turvey is still fascinated by that trial run in what is claimed to be the worlds fastest EV.”I am really proud of racing for NextEV Nio. Its exciting to be part of a new electric car company in China,” Turvey told China Daily after the Buenos Aires ePrix in the Argentine capital on Feb 18.”I think their plans are really exacting about the cars they develop. We are fortunate to drive EP9. Its phenomenally fast.”Turvey finished ninth with two ranking points in Buenos Aires, the third stop on the championships 12-race season.Founded in 2014, NextEV has assembled design, engineering and manufacturing teams in Munich, London and Shanghai for road EV development while operating the Formula E program.EP9 is the first trickle-down of Formula E racing technology into a road car, which is exactly the aim of established manufacturers such as Jaguar and Audi that are competing in the young championship.”I think what we accomplish on the race track is helping develop our powertrain and other systems. When you are competing against others, its always going to drive the development of the road car. Thats something I enjoy the most,” said Turvey, who earned an engineering degree from Cambridge University.With new regulations adopted by Formula E almost every year to allow manufacturers to fine-tune race cars on their own, Turvey said the open race will only accelerate the tech evolution for civil use.”Its an exciting championship. Its new technologies developing new powertrains that are very beneficial for electric road cars, which are the future in cities around the world. Its great to be part of this championship and to race in these great cities,” said Turvey.sunxiaochen@chinadaily.com.cn PhotoMan Dandan wins Chinas first gold at Asian Winter GamesNo defense allowed as West beats East in All-Star gameDenver Nuggets stun Golden WarriorsCity overcomes Gabriel Jesus injury, beats Bournemouth 2-0WTA Qatar Open: Chinas Zheng Saisai loses to BrengleCountdown to Pyeongchang Winter Games hits one year markMost PopularHighlightsKings part company with CousinsMan Dandan wins Chinas first gold at Asian Winter GamesNBA All Star Weekend review: Five talking pointsWhats HotKings part company with CousinsSpecialRio 2016 Olympic Games2016 Chinese F1 Grand Prix in ShanghaiShanghai Rolex MastersIAAF World Championships Beijing 2015BACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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