DS builds electric Formula E concept to test new technologies
DS, one of the lesser known divisions of the Stellantis empire, wants to transfer the lessons it has learned by racing in Formula E to upcoming production models. It built a concept called E-Tense Performance to bridge the gap between today’s racetrack and tomorrow’s showroom.
“Racing inspired” means a lot of different things to many different companies. For DS, The great evolution of the Citroën . line was established in 2014, the term denotes a carbon fiber monocoque and two electric motors (one per axle) are lifted straight out of the car it races in Formula E. The powertrain delivers a total of 815 horsepower and 5,900 pound-feet of torque at the wheels and unlock every wheel drive arc – that torque figure isn’t a typo. It also gives the concept 600 kilowatts of renewable power, which we are told is enough to stop the car without using it. brake system under most driving conditions. However, the low-rise coupe is still equipped with discs brake on both axes.
Detailed information about the battery package is still relatively obscure. It is described as “compact” and is installed in an in-house designed carbon-aluminum composite box. Engineers installed batteries between the passenger compartment and the rear axle to improve weight distribution. The interesting thing is that it is cooled with a liquid called Quartz EV Fluid that was developed specifically for this vehicle’s cooling system.
Visually, E-Tense Performance is like an evolution of E-Tense design research presented at the 2016 edition of Geneva car show. Its front end is characterized by a three-dimensional insert that takes up the space you would normally expect to find a grille, sharp headlights and a pair of cameras that replace the headlights; they’re there to collect data about the vehicle’s surroundings. Inside, we’re told DS has added a pair of leather bucket seats and a steering wheel that connects the engine from the Formula E parts bin.
DS emphasizes that E-Tense Performance is a “high performance lab” and is not an exact preview of a production model that will launch in the not-too-distant future. However, some of the technologies and design cues introduced by the prototype will be phased out for limited production cars in the coming years; The company pledges that every model it launches after 2024 will be completely electric.