Harnessing its technological expertise and galvanised by Yves Matton’s successes in the WRC and WTCC, the engineers at DS Performance have developed the entire drivetrain of the DSV-01 (The DS Virgin Racing Formula E car), including the electric motor and gearbox. DS Performance has also designed its cooling system, rear suspension and transmission. The motor management system was designed in partnership with Magneti Marelli.
DS Performance will support DS Virgin Racing throughout the upcoming Formula E season, enabling Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne to maximise the performance of the race cars.
“More than a simple R&D laboratory, DS Performance will stand as a true showcase of the technologicalexpertise and avant-garde spirit of the DS brand. It was a natural move for us to call on Yves Matton and his teams, multiple WRC and WTCC world champions, to develop the all-electric DSV-01 race car.” – Yves Bonnefont, CEO of DS Automobiles.
“I am very proud that DS has called on us to succeed in the new challenge of developing the DSV-01. After the work accomplished in the last few months, the success of the initial official tests of the DSV-01 with Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne was a great source of satisfaction for my teams and myself. We are going to support DS Virgin Racing and work together from Beijing to London to add motor sport success to the DS brand’s accomplishments.” – Yves Matton, Director of DS Performance.
So will any of this tech and know how filter down into DS road cars? Only time will tell.