DS AUTOMOBILES DOMINATES THE FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TWO SEASONS
- After winning the Teams’ and the Drivers’ Championships last season, DS Automobiles held onto both titles in 2019-2020 thanks to DS TECHEETAH, António Felix da Costa and Jean-Éric Vergne.
- António Félix da Costa, the champion, and Jean-Éric Vergne, who finished third, set new records with their DS E-TENSE FE20s.
- These victories over the largest field of manufacturers ever seen in an FIA championship echo the company’s leading position in the energy transition, as it boasts the lowest CO2 emission rates in Europe compared to all other multi-energy brands.
DS Automobiles, the first premium manufacturer involved in the Formula E championship, has been breaking record after record ever since the electric-only competition was opened to manufacturers. Having already won two championships in 2018-2019 with DS TECHEETAH and Jean-Éric Vergne, the brand held onto both titles this season with DS TECHEETAH and António Félix da Costa. For the first time, these titles were won before the last round of the calendar.
DS Automobiles now holds the record for most consecutive titles (2 Teams and 2 Drivers), most pole positions (13) and most first row positions for a single team (2 with DS TECHEETAH). DS Automobiles is also the only manufacturer to win ePrix races every year since 2016.
At the end of the 2019-2020 season, with four wins, nine podium finishes, five pole positions and three fastest laps across eleven ePrix, the DS E-TENSE FE20s beat out the Nissan IM02, the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01, the Audi e-tron FE06, the BMW i.FE20, the Jaguar I-Type IV, the Porsche 99X Electric, the Mahindra M6Electro, the PENSKE EV-4 and the NIO FE-005. Never has one team (+ 77 points) and one driver (+ 71 points) finished the season so far out ahead of the competition.
Winning one year after Jean-Éric Vergne’s own victory, António Félix da Costa also matched several records, with three consecutive pole positions and three consecutive wins over a single season, and the first hat-trick (pole position, win and fastest lap) in Berlin.
Since 2015, DS Automobiles has leveraged its Formula E expertise to develop electrified models that are recognised as benchmarks in their respective categories. Its selection of technologies for the electric motors, batteries and power monitor, as well as its software management system, were all drawn from its experience in the competition. The DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE (a fully electric model that boasts unparalleled refinement for a vehicle of its type), as well as the DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 300 and the DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 (plug-in hybrids with CO2 emissions above 30 g/km), have already made DS Automobiles one of the top multi-energy brands.
The application of electric technologies to road vehicles generates significant efficiencies, turning high-end luxury into high performance... DS Automobiles will continue down the path of electrification with the upcoming DS 9 E-TENSE, a line of plug-in hybrid saloon cars that can deliver up to 360 horsepower. In 2025, all of the brand’s new models will be exclusively electrified.
Béatrice Foucher, CEO of DS Automobiles: “DS Automobiles’ involvement in Formula E racing has been a great success. In 2015, the goal was to accelerate the development of our electrified models. Since last year, our entire line has had fully electric or plug-in hybrid versions. These titles, which were won in the face of competition from the Germans - among others - will also boost our profile and help us gain market share. I commend the exceptional performance turned in by this team of champions, who embody our technological and strategic know-how.
Congrats to DS TECHEETAH for winning these FIA titles, and to DS Performance for designing the best of the fully electric racing cars.”
DS TECHEETAH will be defending its titles next season, once again with António Félix da Costa and Jean-Éric Vergne.