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Title-Defending DS E-Tense FE20 Revealed

DS Techeetah unveils an updated livery on its DS E-Tense FE20…

Photo: DS Techeetah

DS Techeetah has released its 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship livery ahead of the Valencia pre-season test next week.

The reigning teams’ champion has a slightly modified color scheme for the coming campaign but has stuck to its now familiar black and gold look.

The French-based, Chinese-owned squad captured both drivers’ and teams’ titles in 2018-19 and will run double champion Jean-Eric Vergne for a fourth successive campaign with new teammate Antonio Felix da Costa.

Da Costa completed his first running with DS Techeetah last week during a filming day at Calafat.

The new livery has been created by the DS Design Studio of DS Automobiles and the will be known as the DS E-Tense FE20, correlating to DS’ roster of all-electric road cars.

“The DS E-Tense FE20 is a design evolution from our championship winning car,” commented Keith Smout, DS Techeetah’s chief commercial officer.

“We wanted to stay true to our past and continue to celebrate and honor our success by keeping the now iconic gold and black livery whilst fighting for more titles.

“If you look closely, you can see that the pattern is made out of our cheetah head logo, which also nods to our continued efforts in supporting The Big Cat Sanctuary’s fight in saving the cheetahs and other big cats.

“A topic that is more pressing than ever and a cause that is close to our hearts.”

The DS E-Tense FE20’s development testing started earlier this year and DS Performance director Xavier Mestelan Pinon confirmed that the team has employed an evolutionary approach to its second season with the Gen 2 hardware.

“Our engineers have optimized most of the elements by further developing our winning concept rather than completely rethinking the car,” said Mestelan Pinon.

“The engine, the inverter and the transfer case have evolved, but the deeper changes are in the heart of the embedded systems.

“All this ambitious research and development work aims to offer the drivers a car that allows them to fight to win and defend both titles in the coming season that starts on Nov. 22 in Riyadh.”

The team has also made several staff changes for the coming season, including Nigel Beresford joining the team in the summer as team manager replacing the Mahindra-bound David Clarke.

E-racing365 understands that the team will not immediately replace former technical and sporting manager Pedro de la Rosa, while test and development driver James Rossiter is set to keep his role with the team for another season.

Photo: DS Techeetah

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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