It has not been long since the DS brand was launched and yet, DS Automobiles is already unveiling at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show its first electric-powered supercar and its entry to the Formula E World Championship – the new DS E-TENSE.
This latest racing car from DS Automobiles is powered by an electric engine that develops up to 402hp of output and up to 516Nm of torque but does not let out any harmful emission. This high-performance GT also boasts a mixed cycle range of 310 km or urban cycle range of 360 km.
Providing power to the electric engine are lithium-ion batteries placed under the E-TENSE’s chassis, a setup that allows for a more even torque distribution between the axles and helps keeps the vehicle’s center of gravity low.
DS employed an avant-garde design method to develop refined elements inside the E-TENSE. The carmaker used parametric tools to generate surface and volume in a very distinct manner. For instance, the DS E-TENSE features a dashboard that has been sculpted to create a futuristic effect as well as a radiator grille that was produced through 3D printing.
Wrapped in an exclusive metallic green ametrine color with a central chrome-plated spine, the DS E-TENSE features a sense of design marked by its flowing lines, an impression of perpetual motion and a silhouette of a grand tourer coupé.
To give its design a good deal of liberty to shape its contours and employ digital rear-view technology, DS got rid of the vehicle’s rear windscreen. Marking the front end of the DS E-TENSE are DS LED Vision headlamps with jewel-like in-design as well as daytime running lights.
Accentuating the rear end of the E-TENSE are roof-integrated indicators inspired by the original DS from 1955. It also features tail lights featuring scale-like in-design with full LED technology. Inside, the cabin of the E-TENSE carefully blends French savvy with superior materials.
In fact, it took DS upholsterers 800 hours to design, test and create the interior of the DS E-TENSE, while focusing on the watchstrap style design on the seats and dashboard. The interior also features a futuristic dashboard made from cold steel as well as a steering wheel with a marked tulip-shape.
To enhance the stylish and sophisticated nature of the vehicle’s interior, DS partnered with leading French luxury brands to come up with bespoke accessories that appropriately convey DS values. For instance, DS E-TENSE is available with a first-class audio system from Focal.
This silent yet sleek vehicle features 9 Focal Utopia high-fidelity loudspeakers that ultimately convert the cabin into a mini auditorium for an exclusive and enjoyable audio experience. These high-end speakers feature technology that appropriately reflects the sophisticated nature of the DS E-TENSE.
Moreover, the supercar features a helmet harness from Moynat, inspired by the Y-shaped straps for securing the trunk, thereby keeping in place the spare tire mounted on the rear of vehicle. This harness, designed by the artistic director of Moynat, consists of two main handles made from natural calfskin that features a staining that will become deeper as it ages.
The harness, which features a supple leather pouch inside, is hand-crafted by highly skilled craftsmen, thereby continuing the tradition of French fine leather goods. This harness could be fastened on the driver's seat to guarantee safety and it could also be removed and used to carry a helmet like a bag.
Additionally, the DS E-TENSE is available with a one-off edition watch from BRM Chronographers, design to worn on the wrist or mounted to the supercar's central console. Since the case is angled at 90 degrees, the driver can view the time even while driving.
All current DS vehicles feature DS LED Vision. But the DS E-TENSE features an active version of this system, the DS ACTIVE LED VISION. All the LED modules are precisely set to allow them to rotate at 180 degrees.
Moreover, DS ACTIVE LED VISION comes with an array of new features like a highway function for motorway driving and a weather function that widens the beam during low-visibility situations like rain, snow and fog.
Nonetheless, the new DS E-TENSE features a number of state-of-the-art technologies like a digital rear vision that functions in conjunction with the rear camera, and the "clean cabin" filtration system that works with the air conditioning system for active passenger protection. This filtration system continuously identifies, analyzes and filters exterior pollutants for cleaner cabin air.