DS Automobiles has publicly committed to participating in the third generation of Formula E after being a manufacturer in the all-electric racing series for the last four seasons.
The electric vehicle brand of the PSA group joins Mahindra Racing, who signed up to the Gen3 regulations last December. This is in stark contrast to Audi and BMW, who announced they would be pulling out of the series at the end of season seven.
The French DS Automobiles company entered Formula E back in 2015 when they partnered with the Virgin Racing team, but have since partnered up with the Chinese-owned Techeetah squad over the past two seasons, securing two consecutive drivers’ and teams’ titles. Both drivers demonstrated the team’s strong package, as Jean-Eric Vergne took his second driver’s title in season five with a DS powertrain, while his teammate, Antonio Felix Da Costa, is the reigning champion of Formula E after taking his first title last season.
The concept behind Gen3 is to make the cars more powerful than ever before, whilst also reducing weight. Currently the Gen3 powertrains are set to produce 350 Kilowatts per hour, equivalent to 470 Horsepower, whilst also weighing 120 kilograms less than the current Gen2 car. The plans also include faster battery charging and tighter cost controls, in response to Formula E team budgets quadrupling in recent years.
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, reaffirmed that the series was looking forward to the next phase of Formula E together with DS.
“DS Automobiles was one of the first manufacturers to join Formula E when teams began developing the powertrains of their racing cars and it is inspiring to see the extensive fleet of electric vehicles they have introduced to the streets since.” Stated Reigle,
“I am delighted that Formula E’s only back-to-back double champions have secured a place on the grid for Season 9 as it reaffirms Formula E’s position as a technological proving ground and marketing platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. We look forward to breaking new ground during the next phase of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with DS Automobiles.”
Beatrice Foucher, DS Automobiles Director-General, explained how Formula E helped them to improve their performance and grow as a company, thanks in part to Formula E and DS having very similar goals.
“Electrification is at the core of DS Automobiles global strategy. We have been the first premium carmaker to enter Formula E, and our brand has significantly benefited from the work and the successes of DS Performance, both in terms of development and brand awareness.” Said Foucher.
“If today DS Automobiles is the multi-energy constructor with the lowest average of CO2 emissions in Europe, it is also thanks to the expertise acquired in Formula E. Extending our commitment to 2026 will offer us new opportunities to continue our development work!”