The DS Virgin Racing team, supported by Sir Richard Branson and the DS brand, represented by its CEO Yves Bonnefont, have partnered for the 2015/16 Formula E FIA Championship.
The DS Formula E car and Formula E drivers aim to help DS Virgin Racing benefit from our racing experience which will allow the team to compete at the highest levels and hopefully win the championship.
DS motorsport division
DS Performance brings the DS Virgin Racing team its technological expertise in research and development for the Formula E car.
Based in the PSA Excellence Centre at Satory, DS Performance has Xavier Mestelan-Pinon at its head.
The experiences we get during the races help improve our technology which ultimately improves our products for our customers.
Our 2016/2017 Formula E drivers
Sam Bird from the UK and José María López from Argentina
JOSÉ MARÍA LÓPEZ, a.k.a « Pechito »
Born 26th April 1983 in Rio Tercero (Argentina) In a relationship Living in Mies (Switzerland)
Born 9th January 1987 in Roehampton (UK) In a relationship Living in Stockon On Tees (UK)
Our 2015/2016 Formula E drivers
Sam Bird from the UK and Jean-Eric Vergne from France
Nationality: English Date of Birth: 9th January 1987 Height: 160cm Noteworthy experience: 2014-15 FIA Formula E – Virgin Racing – 1 victory – 3 Podiums
Nationality: French Date of birth: 25th April 1990 Height: 183cm Noteworthy experience: 2014 test drive for Ferrari Formula 1
DS VIRGIN RACING PRESENT A NEW PILOT DUO FOR THE NEXT SEASON
José Maria López, the argentinian double FIA WTCC World champion, will partner British driver Sam Bird for 2016-2017 FIA Formula E season.
33-year old López will replace Jean-Eric Vergne and will be a new addition to the grid in Formula E. The Argentinian comes with an impressive pedigree as current world touring car champion and leads the 2016 FIA WTCC World Championship with 244 points, having claimed six race wins already this season.
Bird, who will enter his third season with the team, had another strong season, finishing fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with 88 points. The 29-year old picked up his third victory in FIA Formula E in Buenos Aires, where he led the pack from start to finish. As well as an impressive second place in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Bird also collected three pole positions during the 2015-16 season and in the process won the award for the highest numbers of pole positions in 2015-16.
"I’m absolutely delighted to announce our driver line up for next season and to welcome José María to the DS Virgin Racing family."
"Jose is a proven world champion who has performed at the highest level and shown great speed and consistency in every motorsport discipline that he has competed in. I have every confidence that he will be able to translate that success to Formula E. He will join Sam who, over the last two years, has consistently proven himself to be one of the fastest and most talented drivers on the grid. I am confident the combined strengths of Sam, José and our team will be a winning formula within a series requiring high degrees of driver skill, consistency and hard work. An additional attribute is the character of both drivers whose sporting approach importantly mirror my aims in this sport". Alex Tai, DS Virgin Racing Team Principal.
Every experience that DS Performance gets through FIA Formula E Championship, contributes to the development of electronic technologies.
This division will be helping the R&D of new technologies such as Plug-in Hybrid or 100% electric vehicles.
DS E-TENSE: UNIQUE, ELECTRIFYING AND EFFICIENT
An avant-garde creation opening the way to the future of the DS Brand
From participating in the Formula E Championship, DS decided to equip its latest creation - DS E-TENSE - with a clean, silent, and efficient propulsion system: a 100% electric 402 hp engine with 516 Nm torque.
Thanks to a 192 miles mixed cycle range (or 223 miles urban cycle), DS E-TENSE takes its rightful place among the ranks of high-performance GTs.
The star of the day was DSV-01, the 100% electric car from DS Virgin Racing which raced in the FIA Formula E Championship, driven by Jean-Eric Vergne. The DSV-01 is the latest creation by DS Virgin Racing and comes equipped with an electric high performance drivetrain.
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