DS Techeetah formally launched its Gen 2 Formula E car, the DS E-Tense FE19, at its base in Versailles on Monday.
The Franco-Chinese team also confirmed its long-expected driver lineup of reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer, who drove for the Renault-powered Techeetah squad last season.
“It is with great pleasure that we have now officially begun our partnership with DS and embarked on our first year as DS Techeetah,” said team principal Mark Preston.
“We’re also delighted to announce that reigning World Champion, Jean-Eric Vergne and his outstanding teammate from Season Four, Andre Lotterer, will both continue with the team this season.”
James Rossiter and Zhou Guanyu were also named as the team’s development drivers, after the pair were employed under the same roles last season.
The DS and Techeetah operations officially began working together in late July, immediately after the Season Four finale in New York City.
However, the gestation of the deal stretches back to early 2017.
Vergne, Lotterer and Rossiter have all undertaken development testing, with the team completing its on-track running last week.
“We’ve been busy behind the scenes developing the DS E-Tense FE19 and it’s great to have the full force of Techeetah on board so that we can continue to optimise our package for 2018-19,” said DS Performance director Xavier Mestelan Pinon
“In addition to a strong driver lineup, we’ve also got an incredibly talented engineering and technical pool at hand – a combination of the best of both sides to create a fantastic.”
The team will be based in Versailles but Techeetah will continue to use its technical offices in Paris, where its simulator is based, in addition.
Chief commercial officer Keith Smout believes that the new-look team will also benefit from new commercial partners that will be added to its current roster.
“What a fantastic year we had in Season Four and with our new partnership with DS and the stunning Gen 2 Formula E car we can expect continued growth in the series for all our current partners, and the new ones that will be joining us,” said Smout.
“Formula E is growing rapidly each season and the constant growth allows DS Techeetah not only to be competitive on track, but to also build an outstanding business and marketing platform.”