ELECTRIC VEHICLES

DS Performance, a carbon monocoque for the electric challenge

To maintain a leading position in the electrification market, DS Automobiles draws on the expertise of DS Performance, its motorsport division

DS Automobiles presents the DS E-Tense Performance prototype, conceived as 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, features twin electric motors with 600 kW (815hp) and a four-wheel drive transmission. The chassis, power unit and battery introduce innovative solutions, fueling the development of future generations of 100 per cent electric E-Tense production models.

To maintain a leading position in the electrification market, DS Automobiles draws on the expertise of DS Performance, its motorsport division, with the development of a prototype aimed at testing different innovations to build into the brand’s next designs.

“Our objective - says Thomas Chevaucher, DS Performance Director - is to apply the experience acquired in Formula E and the expertise that we’ve taken from our international titles to a project which predicts the high-performance electric car of tomorrow. It is a laboratory that we will use to analyse the behaviour of components and to develop them with a view to future manufacturing. The idea is also to find solutions to lower costs, make them easier to manufacture and explore implementations in production models. The next generations of the E-Tense range will benefit from these developments.”

DS E-Tense Performance introduces 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, like 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 display exceptional returns. With an unprecedented regeneration capacity of 600 kW, the DS E-Tense Performance powertrain prioritises the best use of energy. If, physically, DS E-Tense Performance keeps a braking system with discs and pads for safety, only the regeneration system is used for braking.

The battery is one of the fundamental parts of the very high-performance DS E-Tense Performance laboratory. It is compact and housed in a carbon-aluminium composite envelope designed by DS Performance.

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