FIRST PLACE FOR DS E-TENSE CHANTILLY IN ARTS & ÉLÉGANCE RICHARD MILLE EVENT
Yesterday, a panel of some of the motoring world’s most uncompromising experts gave first place to DS E-TENSE in the Chantilly Arts & Élégance Richard Mille event, ahead of seven other truly exceptional cars. The prize brings further recognition for the inimitable avant-garde spirit of DS, backed by the sublime elegance of the work of French fashion designer Eymeric François.
The Chantilly Arts & Élégance Richard Mille event has become an exceptional fixture in the world automotive events calendar. This year’s meeting took place on 4 September at the prestigious Domaine de Chantilly venue.
The day’s schedule included a concours d’élégance standoff between eight concept cars from some of the world’s most esteemed premium automakers, each accompanied by a model wearing outfits by a leading fashion designer. The winning duo was selected by a demanding and knowledgeable jury of experts including drivers, mechanics, journalists, designers and painters, often collectors themselves and all fervent enthusiasts of the best in automotive design. All the cars came under the closest scrutiny, for exterior design, interior styling, technological innovation, and coherence between car style and fashion.
To quote DS chief Yves Bonnefont, “As an enthusiastic participant in this exceptional event from the outset, DS is understandably proud DS to finish first in the Concours d’Élégance with DS E-TENSE. The prize confirms the avant-garde spirit that drives the all-pervasive DS endeavour to champion French prestige know-how in automotive design. DS E-TENSE brings tangible proof of the work we do and offers specific pointers to the way the DS brand will be heading in the years to come.”
This prize also pays tribute to the creativity of French fashion designer Eymeric François, who presented a magnificent silk velvet outfit with no less than eight metres of hand-stitched leather laces, an item from the Femmes & Fatales fashion collection that typifies the Eymeric François hallmarks of elegance and sensuality, offering a characteristically French take on the golden age of Hollywood, and making each wearer a legend in her own right.
On 16 September, Eymeric François will be in residence at DS WORLD PARIS for an in-depth spotlight on French fashion creativity.
About DS E-TENSE
Combining the authenticity of expert craftsmanship and the creativity unlocked by innovative digital tools, DS E-TENSE is the prism through which the future of DS comes alive – a future marked by leading-edge technology and refinement. DS stylists have shaped the car down to the last detail to perfect its sculptural appeal as a high-performance GT. With its avant-garde personality, DS E-TENSE harnesses technology to throw off stylistic shackles. A parametric design process hailing from the worlds of design and architecture was used to create the car’s voluptuous grille and futuristic dashboard. The 800 hours of attention required for the upholstery of the cabin, together with the contributions of the trunk and travel accessory house Moynat, the watchmaker BRM Chronographes and the acoustics specialist Focal, have led to the creation of an incomparable atmosphere of luxury. In addition to its original body styling, DS E-TENSE lives life to the full with its high-performance electric drive train generating 402 bhp and torque of 516 Nm. Boasting a range of over 300 km, DS E-TENSE is a high-performance GT through and through.