DS Automobiles and PENSKE AUTOSPORT unveil the DS E-TENSE FE23 Gen3

DS PENSKE presents its DS E-TENSE FE23 car ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season nine official test, which will take place at Valencia (Spain) between 13-16 December. Lighter, more efficient and more powerful, the third generation 100% electric single-seater has been developed by the competition division of DS Automobiles, DS Performance. The DS E-TENSE FE23 will be piloted by current world champion Stoffel Vandoorne, and Jean-Eric Vergne: the only double champion in the electric category.

DS Automobiles and PENSKE AUTOSPORT unveil the DS E-TENSE FE23 Gen3

DS Automobiles will embark on a major milestone in its history in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Coming off the back of an incredibly successful second generation which produced a pair of Drivers’ and Teams’ titles between 2019 and 2020, as well as a number of unrivalled records (10 victories, 15 pole positions and 28 podiums), the Stellantis-backed outfit has officially revealed its DS E-TENSE FE23 with which it will contest season nine in 2022-23.

The third-generation 100% electric car, with its instantly-recognisable black and gold livery, perfectly embodies the ethos of DS Automobiles, and is testament to the latest technological leap.

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The FE23 features a number of significant changes compared to its predecessor. The Gen3 cars are the fastest-ever seen in the Formula E World Championship, with a top speed of 280 kph, while also being 60kg lighter than the Gen2 car. Most important, however, is efficiency – with more than 40% of the energy used in a race coming from regeneration under braking.

Crucially, the DS E-TENSE FE23 is also more powerful, putting out 350 kW compared to 250 kW in the Gen2 car, and is equipped with four-wheel drive. A new front drivetrain adds an extra 250 kW to the rear, doubling the regeneration capacity to a total of 600 kW. Finally, thanks to the new front drivetrain, the Gen3 is the first Formula E car without hydraulic rear brakes.

Developed by DS Performance, the racing division of DS Automobiles, the DS E-TENSE FE 23 will be the weapon of choice for the DS PENSKE team and its drivers: defending Formula E world champion Stoffel Vandoorne, and Jean-Eric Vergne ­– the only driver in the history of Formula E to have won the title on more than one occasion.

Strengthened by its new association with PENSKE AUTOSPORT, DS Automobiles remains committed to securing more victories and titles, as well as new records, in the all-electric championship that continues to be a vector of acceleration for its research and development work. More than ever, this commitment is a key project for DS Automobiles, which will become 100% electric from 2024 onwards.

Season 9 of Formula E promises to be one of the most competitive since the inaugural campaign began back in 2014, thanks to the innovative new Gen3 car, 11 teams on the grid and revamped sporting regulations. Race distances will now be determined by a number of laps rather than time, while teams can fast-charge their Attack Mode during the pit-stops.


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