DS, one of the lesser-known parts of the Stellantis empire, wants to transfer the lessons it has learned by racing in Formula E to upcoming production models. It built a concept called E-Tense Performance to bridge the gap between today’s race track and tomorrow’s showroom.
“Racing-inspired” means a lot of different things to a lot of different companies. For DS,formed in 2014, the term denotes a monocoque and two electric motors (one per axle) lifted straight out of the car it races in Formula E. The powertrain delivers a total output of 815 horsepower and 5,900 pound-feet of torque at the wheels and unlocks through-the-road all-wheel-drive — that torque figure is not a typo. It also gives the concept a 600-kilowatt regeneration capacity, which we’re told is enough to stop the car without using the
Details about thepack remain relatively vague. It’s described as “compact,” and it’s installed in a carbon-aluminum composite case that was designed in-house. Engineers installed the battery between the passenger compartment and the rear axle to improve the weight distribution. Interestingly, it’s cooled by a liquid called Quartz EV Fluid that was developed specifically for this car’s cooling system.
Visually, the E-Tense Performance looks like an evolution of
DS stresses that the E-Tense Performance is a “high-performance laboratory” and not an accurate preview of a production model that’s due out in the not-too-distant future. However, some of the technologies and the design cues inaugurated by the prototype will trickle down to production-bound cars in the coming years; the company pledged that every model it unveils after 2024 will be entirely electric.