DS Automobiles proved it’s the world leader in electric car technology by beating top-class opposition to win this season’s Formula E Championship. DS TECHEETAH and driver Jean-Éric Vergne are teams’ and drivers’ champions, the first time the double’s been done in all-electric racing.
Formula E is the world’s first all-electric single seater racing series. It features car makers including DS Automobiles, Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Nissan. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join in next season. This season’s 13 Formula E races were in major cities across five continents.
The category has become famous for thrilling races and DS TECHEETAH triumphed in a tense finale in New York City. Its conclusive proof that the DS E-TENSE racing car’s advanced powertrain, supplied by DS Performance, is at the forefront of electric car technology.
DS TECHEETAH and Frenchman Vergne went into the final race of the season with a healthy points lead. But with rivals Lucas di Grassi, Mitch Evans, Sebastien Buemi and their teams all within striking distance, the double title was no foregone conclusion.
The final round in Brooklyn saw DS TECHEETAH and Vergne finish in a safe seventh place to cement the two championships. It was a resounding endorsement of the energy recovery technology that DS has developed and which now features on its DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE.
DS Performance Director Xavier Mestalan Pinon said: “It’s been four years since we started our commitment to Formula E and we always had the goal of winning. Now it’s done, we are both teams’ champions with DS TECHEETAH and drivers’ champion with Jean-Éric Vergne.”
Vergne added: “The weekend didn’t start the way we expected and today wasn’t ideal but none of that matters now because we managed to win the titles.
DS TECHEETAH and Vergne were worthy champions: the Frenchman won three races – more than any of his rivals. And with team-mate André Lotterer he helped DS TECHEETAH to control the championship from the midway point in the season.
Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH team principal explained: “Winning this title solidifies our position as front runners in this championship. Motorsport is truly a team sport. That team needs to run like a well-oiled machine and ours is running like clockwork now.”
The Formula E Championship has become famous for its close racing. This season there were nine winning drivers from eight teams and Rounds 12 and 13 in New York, the final two of the season, continued to surprise.
Vergne eventually did enough to become the category’s first back-to-back champion: “If I make a mistake, it doesn't matter what the others do - I won't score points. We need to make no mistakes,” he said before the race. When it counted most, there were no mistakes from either team, driver or car.
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