DS Automobiles confirmed their split from Virgin Racing as they move across the grid to Techeetah, giving the Chinese team manufactuer status from season five onwards.
The French manufactuer joined Virgin Racing at the start of season two and spent three years with the British team. However, DS Director Xavier Pinon gave no reason into why they left Virgin.
“Techeetah has demonstrated their exceptional skill and knowledge in electric street-racing over the last season and we’re looking forward to combining our expertise to create a championship winning team and I am convinced that our two entities will dovetail perfectly,” said Pinon.
“Our involvement in Formula E is an integral part of DS Automobiles’ commitment to the electrification of our model line-up. The DS E-TENSE FE 19’s development began several months ago with the objective of being in a position to challenge for the top step of the podium from the opening race of the 2018/2019 campaign,” added Pinon.
Techeetah will now receive the additional 15 tests days that come with manufactuer status after not having any extra when they were a customer team of Renault.
“We’re very excited about teaming up with DS Automobiles as we enter a new era of Formula E with the Gen 2 car. DS has extensive experience in Formula E having been a championship manufacturer since Season Two and finishing within the top three each season,” said Edmund Chu, President of the Techeetah Formula E Team.
“I’d also like to thank Renault for the last two years, they have given us an incredibly reliable powertrain, resulting in our driver, Jean-Éric Vergne winning the Driver’s Title and the team almost winning the Team’s Championship, only missing out by two points. It’s been an incredible feat by the whole team,” added Chu.
Full details of the partnership, including logo, livery, management and driver line up will be revealed on 1 October 2018.