Christian Silk to become Chief Race Engineer at NextEV

Christian Silk has been named as the new Chief Race Engineer at NextEV NIO replacing Gerry Hughes following his promotion to Team Principal.

The change came after the untimely death of former team manager Martin Leach last November, with Hughes being officially confirmed as his replacement last month.

Silk comes with a strong motorsport pedigree, having spent eight years as Chief Test Engineer at Renault F1.

He then moved to a project management role at Marussia, before taking up a similar role at Williams F1.

It’s this experience of project management that Hughes believes will make Silk ideally suited for his new position.

Hughes commented, “During his time at the Marussia and Williams F1 teams, Christian undertook the role of Project Manager. 

“It is in this specific area where I feel that Christian will be able to bring a significant amount of experience to this aspect of NextEV NIO Sport’s racing activities, as we continue to lay the foundations of the future organisation.

“I am delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to working with him closely.”

Speaking about his new appointment, Silk said, “I am obviously delighted to join the NextEV NIO Formula E team and am really looking forwards to working with such a talented team.

“As anyone who knows me will testify, I have always been very environmentally aware, and joining a team that is working so hard to improve the technology that will improve all our futures is a real privilege.

“Motor racing is always about pushing the boundaries of new technologies and in this aspect Formula E really excels. I can’t wait for Buenos Aires!”