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Vergne, Lotterer to Test DS Performance Gen 2 Car

Techeetah drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer to sample the DS Gen 2 car…

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Techeetah drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer will sample DS Performance’s Gen 2 ABB FIA Formula E Championship car for the first time next week.

An agreement is believed to have been made between Virgin Racing and Techeetah to allow the Chinese team’s drivers to test the DS Performance car.

Techeetah will replace Virgin as DS Performance’s partner next season.

The test, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday at Calafat in Spain, will see Vergne and Lotterer get their first experience of the DS E-TENSE FE 19.

So far the car has run in the hands of Stephane Sarrazin, who was utilized for the group manufacturer sessions in March and April.

Since then, Sarrazin has joined the Andretti team for the remainder races of Season Four although the Frenchman is not expected to test the Gen 2 car for BMW with the development set to be done by the manufacturer’s works drivers.

Official confirmation that Techeetah will partner with DS Performance is expected to come in July after the final race of the season in New York City.

DS is the registered manufacturer but remains to be seen what the specific new name of the Techeetah and DS Performance alliance will be for Season Five.

E-racing365 understands that no Techeetah engineers will attend the Calafat test, which will be run completely by DS Performance.

While not specifically commenting on the upcoming test, Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer said he was relishing his first opportunity to sample the new hardware.

“I saw the Gen 2 for the first time when Nico Rosberg drove it,” Lotterer told e-racing365.

“We were all looking at it, saying, “Wow, it looks cool”. So I think the motivation is high to get in the car. I think everyone is quite proud of this new Gen 2 car.

“The design is very dynamic and futuristic, so it looks very promising and I can’t wait to try it.”

As revealed by e-racing365 earlier in the year, DS’ present partner Virgin Racing is expected to announce a partnership with Audi Sport at the end of the season.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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