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DS Completes Entire Season’s Worth of Testing

DS Performance completes full season’s running with Gen 2 Formula E car…

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DS Performance has completed its first phase of pre-homologation reliability testing and all its crash test requirements with a season’s worth of running already finished.

E-racing365 can also reveal that the manufacturer, which is set to partner with Techeetah in Season Five, has also decided to run with its own in-house brake-by-wire system for the next generation of ABB FIA Formula E Championship competition.

“During the testing that we have already done we have completed the equivalent of more than one full season already on all the major parts,” DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan-Pinon told e-racing365.

“We have validated all the parts now that we will further develop after homologation. Now we start on pure performance and setup, so as it stands we are happy so far.

“We don’t know if we have the best car but what we know is that our design works well.”

The strategy of running its own developed electric braking system was taken earlier this year and according to Mestelan-Pinon could have certain advantages over the team’s rivals.

“What we also know is that when we took the decision to make our own brake-by-wire system I think this is a big positive for us because it is done in-house. It is working well and I am really confident with it,” he said.

It remains unknown which other teams could be running a self-developed system but e-racing365 understands that the majority of Season Five contenders will use outsourced systems.

It is believed that the Akebono Ltd.-derived hardware will be one of the options used by other manufacturers.

The Japanese company already supplies the McLaren F1 team and the Toyota Gazoo Racing FIA World Endurance Championship squad with brake materials and is known to have had engineers at some Formula E races already this season.

“I have said many times that I think our won system will be one of the keys for performance and lap time,” said Mestelan-Pinon.

“I think as an advantage to have a system working well and easy to access and understand it is a big positive.

“It was a big challenge to make the decision as it was a challenge but I am confident now. When we started to test it on the bench it was a challenge for sure.”

Mestelan-Pinon also gave a brief insight into recently working with recently appointed test and development drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer.

The pair are likely to be the drivers of a new DS Performance Techeetah axis next season with a formal announcement of the partnership between the two companies expected later this month.

“It has been very interesting to work with both drivers recently,” he said. “Andre has been fascinating because of his previous programs in LMP1 and Jean-Eric also has enjoyed the running too.

“It has been a bit strange because we are still fighting with them here and now this season but it is a unique situation and quite nice.”

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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