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DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE features Formula E drivetrain

The DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE features a drivetrain taken from a Formula E single seater with twin electric motors with 600 kW (815hp), a four-wheel drive transmission, and torque of 8,000Nm.

The prototype is a high-performance laboratory to accelerate the development of technology for the future of DS Automobiles design.

Devised, developed and created by DS Performance, after lifting the Formula E teams’ and drivers’ titles for two consecutive seasons, it is based on a carbon monocoque with a drivetrain taken from a Formula E single seater. The suspension geometry is able to guarantee the best possible grip on roads, such as on often-bumpy urban race tracks, and in any weather condition.

The powertrain is made up of two electric motors giving a combined power of 600 kW (250 kW at the front and 350 kW at the back) corresponding to 815hp and torque of 8,000Nm at the wheels. 

Taken straight from DS PERFORMANCE developments for Formula E, these two electric motors have an unprecedented regeneration capacity of 600 kW to prioritise the best use of energy.

The battery is in a central rear position for optimum weight distribution and was inspired by electric car racing and developed jointly with TotalEnergies and its subsidiary Saft. The result of research by this partner, it has an innovative chemistry and an immersive cooling system for cells, at odds with current technology – thanks to a bespoke design of Quartz EV Fluid solution. This battery permits phases of acceleration and regeneration of up to 600 kW, enabling the exploration of new avenues for future generations of production vehicle.

Since its launch in 2014, DS Automobiles has put electrification at the heart of its strategy. As the first premium manufacturer to be involved in Formula E, the brand has taken advantage of its success in the 100 per cent electric championship to support its research and development into more sustainable mobility. 

Since 2019, DS Automobiles has been showcasing a 100 per cent electric range to become, from 2020, the multi-energy brand with the lowest CO2 emissions in Europe. From 2024, every new DS Automobiles design will be only 100 per cent electric.