Maiden Run For The DS E-Tense Fe 19

March 23, 2018 by DS Automobiles

•DS E-TENSE FE 19 became the first of the new-generation Formula E single-seater race cars for the 2018/2019 championship season to turn a wheel, when it was demonstrated close to the DS Performance factory near Versailles, France.

•Photos are available of the new car in action: DS E-Tense 19's Maiden run

After its unveiling on 6 March, at the time of the Geneva Motor Show, DS E-TENSE FE 19 has now been driven for the very first time.

Maiden Run For The DS E-Tense Fe 19
The staff at DS Performance have spent many 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.

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 of DS Performance operations, said: '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 test 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 was certainly an occasion to remember.'

Maiden Run For The DS E-Tense Fe 19

DS E-TENSE FE 19's release coincides with the impending launch of a new range of electric powered DS vehicles. DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 will be the DS 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.

About DS AUTOMOBILES:

A French brand born in Paris, DS was founded on 1 June 2014. Its ambition is to embody the French know-how of luxury in its cars. Driven by its outstanding heritage and avant-garde spirit, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955. Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS Collection comprises DS 3, DS 3 CABRIO, DS 4, DS 4 CROSSBACK and DS 5 (DS 5LS & DS 6 in China) and is complemented by the DS 7 CROSSBACK. The models in the DS range stand apart through their avant-garde design, refinement and attention to detail, advanced technology and dynamic serenity.

Maiden Run For The DS E-Tense Fe 19

Presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, DS 7 CROSSBACK – the SUV from DS featuring Parisian-style innovation and savoir-faire – ushers in the next generation of DS models. With the DS 7 CROSSBACK La Première first edition model, forward thinkers can reserve their car online or at a DS Store or DS Salon, and be the first to get behind the wheel. Committed to high-performance hybrid and electric cars, the brand will launch the DS 7 CROSSBACK equipped with E-Tense, the hybrid powertrain by DS, in 2019.

DS models are available from DS Stores and DS Salons. DS also has flagship stores, DS WORLD PARIS, and DS Urban Store, at Westfield London. DS represents a brand experience that goes beyond the products to include ONLY YOU, a collection of exclusive services showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Maiden Run For The DS E-Tense Fe 19
Follow all DS news on www.DSautomobiles.com @DS_Official

DS Performance is the motorsport division of the business bringing technological expertise to Formula E through the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team. Future DS vehicles will have Hybrid (PHEV – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and Electric technology advanced by the competitive development at its motorsport division at DS Performance located in Satory, near Versailles, France.

About Total:

Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and the world's second-ranked solar energy operator with SunPower. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. www.total.com.

About the FIA ABB Formula E Championship:

The FIA ABB Formula E Championship is the world's first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets in the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris and New York. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which in turn will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles.

About FIA & Michelin - Today's partners for tomorrow's mobility:

As well as being the official Formula E tyre supplier, Michelin is an official partner, at the international level, of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. The programme is designed to support the Decade of Action for Road Safety initiated by the UN, the aim of which is to save five million lives over the next 10 years. This programme is set up to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours around the globe.

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