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Yim: Techeetah “Much Stronger” with DS Partnership

Techeetah team leaders believe DS partnership will create a major new force…

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Techeetah will step up to “another level” through its partnership with DS Automobiles in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season, according to managing director Ivan Yim.

After Monday’s announcement that Techeetah will pair up with registered manufacturer DS in a multi-year deal, Yim thinks that the combination will spur his team on to more success.

As a customer team to Renault, the Chinese-entered outfit has just won the Season Four drivers’ championship with Jean-Eric Vergne and only narrowly missed out on the teams’ title to Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.

“They [DS] have all the right technical attributes that we have been looking for and we will revel in them to step up to another level,” Yim told e-racing365.

“The powertrain has already proved to be quick and we know what we can contribute to some successful campaigns because as we have seen this season we are a competitive proposition as a customer team.

“From a team perspective we are going to keep on doing what we have been doing.

“Everyone has put in extremely long hours and nothing will change in that respect. We will be much stronger together.”

Yim also believes that as the team will no longer be a standalone privateer outfit, it will have to get used to now being ‘among the favorites.’

“We were ‘undercats’ but now that has gone,” said Yim, using a play-on-words relating to the team’s cheetah iconography.

“We did a decent ‘David and Goliath’ act for our first two seasons. But, we are equally comfortable being among more fancied runners if that is the case. We have proved we can race and beat the best already anyway.”

Yim was swift to praise DS for its renowned technical capability which has seen the vast majority of its Gen 2 car benefit from self-derived technology.

“DS brings some incredible expertize and I think we will appreciate what a forward thinking company they are,” he said.

“It has become evident very quickly that they share our work ethic and our thirst for winning, so it bodes well for our future together.”

Partnership to Benefit from Shared Knowledge

Techeetah’s technical chief Leo Thomas believes that the partnership with DS will help the team move up to a new technical level.

“Now we have some testing and with DS’ resources it is an exciting time for the team,” Thomas told e-racing365.

“We share a good knowledge of Formula E and I think this will be an exciting time for the engineers with a brand new car and powertrain.”

Thomas was keen to point out that Season Five races, which will be conducted over 45-minutes plus one lap rather than a set amount of laps, will test the strategy and operational merits of the newly-formed team.

“The races next year will all be about preparation, because they will be timed races as opposed to lap races, like previous seasons,” he said.

“It will not be more complicated but just different and something else to think about. We will apply some similar thinking to how we strategized races this season but with some deeper plans.

“It will be fascinating to see how everyone adapts.”

Thomas, who received the inaugural Modis Engineer of the Year Award last week, also said that a proper testing program will be a bonus for the Techeetah element of the new-look team.

“It is no secret that we suffered because of a lack of testing before our season’s racing,” Thomas told e-racing365.

E-racing365 understands that the alliance will use both DS and Techeetah’s existing simulation facilities.

DS has an in-house simulation capability at its base in Satory, Versailles, while Techeetah predominantly used a Paris-based sim after reducing its reliance on the RS Sim facility in Monaco.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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