Stunning DS E-TENSE

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DS Automobiles has revealed its stunning looking Electric racer – The DS E-TENSE FE 19.

The French brand will compete as the only French FIA-approved constructor in the coming FIA Formula E Championship. It is an exciting time as a brand new generation of all-electric single-seater racing cars will go head-to-head. The efficient technology developed by DS Automobiles’ competition arm DS Performance has already harvested four victories and 10 podium finishes on four continents over a period spanning less than three years of E racing. DS says the ‘knowhow accrued in racing is accelerating the development of DS Automobiles’ range of electrified cars and all the brand’s models will feature plug-in hybrid or all-electric variants in the future’.

Here’s the technology low down:
DS E-TENSE FE 19

Type: Single seater

Lenght x Width x Height: 5.16 m x 1.77 m x 1.05 m

Wheelbase 3.10 metres

Weight: 900 kg minimum with driver

Batteries: 54kWh capacity, 385kg

Engine: Electric engine(s) driving rear wheels

Max Power: 250 kW (338hp)

Racing Energy Recovered Power: 250kW

Supply: 900V

Brakes: Ventilated carbon disks, 4-piston calipers ; rear brake by wire

Max Speed: 230 kph (optimised for street circuits)

0-100 km/h: 2.8 seconds

Braking Distance: 100 metres to slow down from 230 kph to 40 kph

Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport EV season 5, 245x40R18 (front), 305x40R18 (rear)

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