DS Automobiles has extended its commitment to Formula E ahead of schedule until at least 2026, becoming the second manufacturer after Mahindra to commit to participating in the electric racing series' Gen3 era from season nine.
The PSA subsidiary has been active in Formula E since the second season - initially as a partner of the Virgin team, since the fifth season DS has been working together with the Chinese racing team Techeetah. The partnership with the Chinese in particular has been extremely successful so far: in seasons 4 and 5 they won the drivers' title with Jean-Eric Vergne in each case, in the past season 6 the Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa won the drivers' title directly in his first season with DS-Techeetah. In the past two seasons DS-Techeetah also won the team title in each case.
"Electrification is at the core of DS Automobiles' global strategy," said Beatrice Foucher, General Manager of DS Automobiles. "We were the first premium automaker to enter Formula E, and our brand has benefited significantly from the work and successes of DS Performance, both in terms of development and brand awareness."
It is also interesting to see how Foucher justifies the extension of the Formula E commitment: "If DS Automobiles is now the multi-energy constructor with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe, this is also thanks to the know-how acquired in Formula E. Extending our commitment to 2026 offers us new opportunities to continue our development work!"