Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer have tested DS Performance’s Gen 2 ABB FIA Formula E Championship car as development drivers for the French automaker.
The drivers, who are currently signed to Techeetah in the electric championship, drove the DS E-Tense FE 19 at Calafat recently, as reported by e-racing365 last month.
DS is set to partner with Techeetah for Season Five, which will get underway in December, and official confirmation is expected following the Season Four finale in July.
“Our Formula E program is gaining momentum,” commented DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon.
“Even as we continue to battle for this season’s remaining race wins and the 2017-18 titles, development of DS E-Tense FE 19 is moving forward fast.
“The technical features we decided to incorporate at the design stage of our new Gen 2 all-electric car have all been signed off during the first tests.
“We are now starting the development of the different organs. For this, we needed experienced and fast drivers, and who better for that than the one who is leading the championship.
“Their feedback is very positive. They confirm we are working in the right direction.”
Vergne currently leads the drivers’ standings while Techeetah has a 44-point lead in the teams’ championship.
As a customer team, Techeetah is yet to receive its own Gen 2 car, and so the DS test gave Lotterer and Vergne the chance to sample the new machine.
“DS E-Tense FE 19 is absolutely fantastic to drive, and I can’t wait to have some more time in it,” said Lotterer.
“It has more grip, power, and it will be very interesting to see what the lap time difference will be, as we expect it to drop considerably.
“I’d like to thank DS Performance for the opportunity to drive their Gen 2 car.”