DS TECHEETAH ANNOUNCE DRIVERS JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE AND ANDRÉ LOTTERER
- In the week of the Paris International Motor Show new team DS TECHEETAH presented its first official viewing of DS E-TENSE FE19 - the 'Gen2' ABB FIA Formula E racecar
- DS TECHEETAH also announced its driver line-up and the new management team for the forthcoming 2018/2019 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship that starts in Saudi Arabia on Saturday 15 December.
“It is with great pleasure that we have now officially begun our partnership with DS and embarked on our first year as DS TECHEETAH. We’re also delighted to announce that reigning World Champion, Jean-Éric Vergne and his outstanding team-mate from Season Four, André Lotterer will both continue with the team this season. With Jean-Éric and André as our Drivers and James Rossiter and Zhou Guanyu as our Development Drivers this year, we believe that we have an incredibly strong driver line-up and we are incredibly excited to go racing, said DS TECHEETAH Team Principal, Mark Preston.
“We’ve been busy behind the scenes developing DS E-TENSE FE19 and it’s great to have the full force of TECHEETAH on board so that we can continue to optimise our package for the 2018/2019 season and beyond. In addition to a strong driver line-up, we’ve also got an incredibly talented engineering and technical resource at hand – a combination of the best of both sides to create a fantastic DS TECHEETAH technical team, commented DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon.
DS E-TENSE FE19 has almost twice the energy and double the range of its predecessor, as this season will mark the first season in Formula E’s history where the cars will be able to run a full race distance without a mandatory car swap, showcasing the advanced and rapid technology development the series has to offer. Also known as the ‘Gen2’ car, the current chassis and specification will be used for three seasons, with software and powertrain technology being updated each season.
“I’m incredibly happy to continue another year with the team. After winning the 2017/2018 Driver’s Title and now with the addition of DS this season, we are even stronger, and it should be a great year. It is a very exciting time for the championship with the Gen2 car entering the all-electric street racing championship and we can expect a new level of competition and excitement,” commented DS TECHEETAH Driver, Jean-Éric Vergne.
“DS E-TENSE FE19 looks fantastic and is also brilliant to drive. I got the taste for success in Formula E last season and I’m keen for more this year. We have a really strong team and I feel we can achieve great things together. With my previous experience I know how important it is to have everyone under the same roof when you work towards the same goal, so it’s a great asset for us coming into the season ahead,” said DS TECHEETAH Driver, André Lotterer.
“What a fantastic year we had in Season Four and with our new partnership with DS and the stunning Gen2 Formula E car we can expect continued growth in the series for all our current partners, and the new ones that will be joining us. Formula E is growing rapidly each season and the constant growth allows DS TECHEETAH not only to be competitive on track, but to also build an outstanding business and marketing platform,” said DS TECHEETAH Chief Commercial Officer, Keith Smout.
DS TECHEETAH will be debuting the DS E-TENSE FE19 on track for the first time at the official ABB FIA Formula E test in Valencia on the 16 - 19 October.
Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship kicks off in Saudi Arabia on Saturday 15 December.
DS E-TENSE FE 19
Length / Width / Height 5.16 / 1.77 / 1.05 metres
Wheelbase 3.10 metres
Weight of the car 900 kg minimum with driver
Batteries 385 kg (capacity 52 KW/h)
Engine Electric motor(s) driving THE REAR wheels
Max. power 250 kW (338hp)
Racing energy recovered power 250 kW
Supply 900 V
Brakes Ventilated carbon disks, 4-piston calipers, rear brake by wire
Max. speed 230kPH / 142mph (optimised for street circuits)
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h 2.8 seconds
Braking distance 100 metres to slow down from 230kph/142mph to 40kph/25MPH
Tyres Michelin Pilot Sport EV season 5, 245x40R18 (FRONT), 305x40R18 (REAR)
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About DS TECHEETAH:
DS TECHEETAH Formula-E team is a Chinese racing team in the all-electric street racing series, ABB FIA Formula E. The team is owned by SECA (Shanghai) Limited.
The team won the 2017/2018 Drivers’ Championship title with Jean-Éric Vergne and together with André Lotterer, the team secured second place in the Teams’ Championship in the 2017/2018 season of Formula E.
Heading into the 2018/2019 season e of the all-electric championship, TECHEETAH has partnered with DS Automobiles to become DS TECHEETAH.
About China Media Capital (“CMC”):
China Media Capital (“CMC”), founded and chaired by Ruigang Li, is one of the most prestigious names in media and entertainment investment and operation in China and global markets. CMC has created and grown a number of champions and emerging leaders in the sectors of media and entertainment, Internet and mobile, and life style, covering film, television, music, sports, location-based entertainment, financial media, financial data service, online-video, smart TV, advertising, social network, game, online-education, e-commerce, O2O and etc.
Headquartered in Shanghai, SECA is a leading Chinese sports marketing and management company specializing in sports talent representation, event management and content/IP development. The company’s investors include China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and member of NBA Hall of Fame, Yao Ming.
ABOUT DS AUTOMOBILES
Young French brand, DS Automobiles was launched in 2015. Its ambition is to embody, in the automotive industry, the French luxury know-how. 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, opening a new territory in the premium market.
The first of the second-generation DS model range - DS 7 CROSSBACK is a Premium C SUV with innovative savoir-faire from Paris, opens a range of six global vehicles with one launch per year. In September 2018, DS brand unveiled its new Premium B SUV DS 3 CROSSBACK, the high-tech style icon, also available with a 100% electric E-TENSE version.
Available in 2019, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4X4 - the hybrid powertrain by DS - and DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE – the first ever fully electric DS car - to deliver the strategy of electrification over the entire range.
Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, DS cars stand apart through their avant-garde design, refinement in every detail, advanced technologies and dynamic serenity.
For its discerning customers, who demand personalisation and exclusivity, DS Automobiles has created 'ONLY YOU, the DS experience', a programme of exclusive services for a unique brand experience.
DS models are distributed via DS STORES and DS SALONS, comprising the new network exclusive to DS Automobiles. In the first half of 2018, 140 showrooms were opened around the world and the brand totalled 340 sites by the midyear 2018, with its flagship DS WORLD PARIS at 33 Rue François 1er in Paris.
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