Techeetah reveals Gen2 Formula E car
Chinese outfit Techeetah has revealed its entrant into the fifth season of Formula E, which is powered by DS Automobiles, rather than Renault, as has been the case in previous years. The car is the team’s first as DS’s official works squad, taking over from Virgin Racing, which has now become an Audi customer team.
The switch to a works team means that Techeetah has been able to enjoy the full 15 days of private testing afforded to DS by its status as a Formula E manufacture. Techeetah, sees this as a big advantage compared to last year, when, as a customer team it was only allowed to complete three days of testing before the season opener.
“We’ve been busy behind the scenes developing the 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,” enthused DS performance director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon. “In addition to a strong driver line-up, we’ve also got an incredibly talented engineering and technical pool at hand – a combination of the best of both sides to create a fantastic DS Techeetah technical team.”
The DS E-TENSE FE19, as the new car has been dubbed, will be piloted by Techeetah’s current line up of Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer, and offers almost twice the energy and double the range of last year’s car, in order to meet this year’s requirement of being able to run a full race distance without a mandatory car swap. The new racer, as one of FE’s Gen2 cars, will be used for three seasons, although it will be able to benefit from both software and powertrain updates in that time.
“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,” said DS Techeetah chief commercial officer, Keith Smout. “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.”