DS Automobiles commits to Gen3 era of Formula E

French manufacturer DS Automobiles has announced that its DS TECHEETAH Formula E team will compete in the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, starting in Season 9.

The Chinese racing team, partnered by Acronis, has dominated in recent times, claiming three consecutive Drivers’ titles and successive Teams Championships with seven race wins and 15 podiums to-date.

As covered by Motorsport Technology, the Gen 3 era will see more powerful, lighter cars with enhanced performance and battery efficiency with faster charging in a bid to produce even more of the exciting racing for which the series is renowned.

“Electrification is at the core of DS Automobiles’ global strategy,” commented Beatrice Foucher, DS Automobiles Director General. “We have been the first premium car maker to enter Formula E and our brand has significantly benefitted from the work and the successes of DS Performance, both in terms of development and brand awareness.

“If today DS Automobiles is the multienergy constructor with the lowest average of CO2 emissions in Europe, it is also thanks to the expertise acquired in Formula E. Extending our commitment to 2026 will offer us new opportunities to continue our development work!”

Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, added: “DS Automobiles was one of the first manufacturers to join Formula E when teams began developing the powertrains of their racing cars and it is inspiring to see the extensive fleet of electric vehicles they have introduced to the streets since.

“I am delighted that Formula E’s only back-to-back double champions have secured a place on the grid for Season 9 as it reaffirms Formula E’s position as a technological proving ground and marketing platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. We look forward to breaking new ground during the next phase of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with DS Automobiles.”

Motorsport Technology