Renault e.Dams Z.E. 16 (2017) - Gen1 Season 3
Renault e.dams’s entry for the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship, the Z.E. 16 successfully clinched the Teams’ Championship title for the third consecutive campaign, as the French team reasserted its supremacy in the all-electric single-seater series.
From the electric motor to the gearbox, energy recovery and battery management systems, the technological solutions engineered by Renault e.dams were once again the championship benchmark. The competitive environment of Formula E once again allowed the team to glean a lot of invaluable information that is also instrumental in Renault’s future development of electric technology. Sporting a vivid blue colour livery with flashes of bright yellow, the Z.E. really stood out from the Formula E pack. The dynamic choice of colour was designed to create visual synergies and firmly anchored the Renault e.dams team within the Renault and Renault Z.E. brands. The F.E. car featured the colours in matt, with the reflective flashes of the accent colours, a trait shared with the Renault Formula One car. Both also incorporated the Renault diamond logo and sponsor logos in a monotone design, which resulted in a pure, elegant livery and very legible branding.
The team faced stiffer competition than the previous year, particularly from close rivals ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and Mahindra Racing. In evidence of the series’ ultra-competitive nature, it was not until the fifth event that a Renault Z.E. 16 claimed its first pole position of the season, though arguably this was partially explained by the fact the team predominantly focused its preparations on the races. It was a strategy that clearly paid off, with six victories from the 12 races. Defending champion Sébastien Buemi proved to be a class apart from his opponents when it really mattered, winning the opening three rounds of the campaign, in Buenos Aires and two new additions to the Formula E calendar: Hong Kong and Marrakech. The Swiss ace did not stop there either, going on to triumph in Monaco, Paris and Race 2 in Berlin. His success in Paris would be the highlight of the season, given Renault-e.dams’ fervent desire to prevail on home turf. It was also vital for Buemi to win as many races as possible before the New York double header, which he had to miss due to clashing FIA World Endurance Championship commitments. Despite this absence, he arrived in Montreal for the final weekend of the season at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Unfortunately, a complicated weekend in Canada, combined with a disqualification in Race 1 in Berlin, prevented him from successfully defending his 2015/2016 crown despite a score of six victories. Buemi’s teammate Nico Prost was incredibly consistent, he finished between fourth and ninth places in each of the 12 races, though sadly failed to gain a podium. His reliability proved as crucial to the team as Buemi’s wins, as Renault e.dams won the Championship by 20 points, a margin less than the total points available from one race.
Overall, the Z.E. 16 earned six wins and 270 points for Renault Sport e.dams, claiming them their third successive Teams’ Championship title. Sébastien Buemi and Nico Prost finished the Drivers’ Championship in second and sixth places respectively.
The Renault Sport e.dams Z.E. 16 is limited to just 99 editions.
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