The DS E-TENSE FE 19 became the first new-generation Formula E single-seater to turn a wheel today when it ran close to the DS Performance factory near Versailles, France, for a demonstration.
After its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6, the DS E-TENSE FE 19 has now turned a wheel for the very first time.
The staff at DS Performance have spent months working on innovative technical solutions in readiness for the imminent revolution to the FIA Formula E Championship, since Season 5 of the all-electric international series is scheduled to kick off later this year with a field of new-generation cars.
The DS E-TENSE FE 19’s combination of a 250kW power unit and 54kWh battery will allow it to complete races without the mid-ePrix car swaps that have been part of the series until now. Brake-by-wire systems and an increase in maximum power regeneration to 250kW will be other new features of the 2018/2019 championship.
Xavier Mestelan-Pinon (Director, DS Performance): “With just days to go before Formula E’s first official pre-Season 5 test, it was great to see the DS E-TENSE FE 19 run at our track in Satory.
The car’s different assemblies had previously been tested on the bench but this is the first time the fully assembled car has turned a wheel. Starting it was a rewarding moment for the team’s technical staff. It’s an occasion you never forget.”
DS E-TENSE FE 19’s release coincides with the launch of a new range of DS Automobiles electric vehicles. DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 will be the brand’s first model to feature the E-TENSE system which comprises a petrol engine and two electric motors for a peak power output of 300 horsepower.