Development is already well underway on the team's DSV-01 racecar, and DS Performance is responsible the electric motor, gearbox, cooling system, and rear suspension for it. With Yves Matton, the former boss of Citroën's World Rally Championship and World Touring Car Championship programs, at the helm of the division, the squad certainly doesn't lack for experience. According to Automotive News Europe, when not prepping for the track, the group is doing research and development for next-gen EV tech, including for plug-in hybrids.
DS and Virgin Racing announced their partnership in June, and later unveiled their livery for the new season (pictured above). One of the squad's major rivals is the championship winning e.dams-Renault team. With more development of the Formula E cars now allowed, Renault really wants to flex its muscle in the series next season.
DS Automobiles is pleased to announce the creation of its motor sport division, DS Performance. DS Performance is contributing its technological expertise in Formula E research and development to the DS Virgin Racing team. Based at the future PSA Excellence Centre in Satory, DS Performance is directed by Yves Matton.
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, 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 technological expertise 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.
About DS Performance
DS Performance is the motor sport division of the DS brand. The experience acquired by DS Performance in the FIA Formula E Championship contributes to the development of electric technologies. The new division will step up R&D in new technologies such as plug-in hybrids and all-electric power that the PSA Group is already working on and that will benefit the DS brand in the long term.