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The DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE prototype was conceived to be a very high-performance laboratory, intended to accelerate the development of technology for the next 100% electric DS Automobiles creations. DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE reveals indicators to the design of future DS Automobiles models, particularly with its front.

Devised, developed, and created by DS Performance after lifting the Formula E teams’ and drivers’ titles for two consecutive seasons, DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE is based on a carbon monocoque, twin electric motors with 600 kW (815 horsepower) and a four-wheel drive transmission.

The sketch of a future DS Automobiles design language

A very high-performance laboratory, DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE is also an area of exploration for DS DESIGN STUDIO PARIS.

The front reveals a new surface for expression in place of the grille. Already suggested by DS AERO SPORT LOUNGE, this treatment combines the DS Automobiles logo with a three-dimensional effect – such a shop window – with a special welcome sequence.

On either side, new daytime lights combine technology and design with unprecedented thinness to give a wide span of light. Altogether these are made up of 800 LEDs. Two cameras positioned instead of headlamps complete DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE’s visual identity, while enabling useful data to be collected by this driving laboratory.

To go with the aerodynamic line, the body introduces a beetle-effect interference colour. Depending on exterior conditions and the angle you look at it from, the perception of the colour changes and gives a striking contrasting effect with the gloss Black surfaces stretching to the bonnet. The 20-inch wheels introduce an aerodynamic profile with unique inserts.

The cockpit has been conceived to gather data. Bucket seats and a Formula E steering wheel create an ambition to work that’s devoted to high performance. Comfort and attention to detail are also encompassed with the special trim insert in black leather.

Very high-performance laboratory

Since its launch in 2014, DS Automobiles has put electrification at the heart of its strategy. As the first premium manufacturer to be involved in Formula E, the brand has taken advantage of its success in the 100% electric championship to support its research and development into more sustainable mobility.
From 2024, every new DS Automobiles design will be only 100% electric.

DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE introduces a carbon monocoque with drivetrain taken from a Formula E single seater. The suspension geometry is able to guarantee the best possible grip on roads, like on often-bumpy urban race tracks, and in any weather conditions.

The powertrain is made up of two electric motors giving a combined power of 600 kW (250 kW at the front and 350 kW at the back) corresponding to 815 hp and torque of 8,000 Nm at the wheels. Taken straight from DS PERFORMANCE developments for Formula E, these two electric motors display exceptional returns.

The battery is one of the fundamental parts of the very high-performance DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE laboratory. It is compact and housed in a carbon-aluminium composite envelope designed by DS PERFORMANCE. Developed jointly with TotalEnergies and its subsidiary Saft, its innovative technology permits phases of acceleration and regeneration of up to 600 kW and enables the exploration of new avenues for future generations of production vehicle.

To maintain a leading position in the electrification market, DS Automobiles draws on the expertise of DS PERFORMANCE, its competition division, with the development of a prototype aimed at testing different innovations to build into the brand’s next designs.