Reigning champions DS Techeetah unveiled its 2019/20 FIA Formula E Championship car with slightly tweaked livery with the same colour combination.
The ‘cheetah’-dubbed DS Techeetah Formula E car for the 2019/20 season was revealed to the public ahead of the Valencia pre-season test, which will be driven by reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne and new hiring Antonio Felix da Costa.
The colour combination of black and gold remains on the DS E-TENSE FE20 car but with a slight tweak as prepared by DS Design Studio. The colours are spread elegantly on several places of the car, with Vergne’s two titles also depicted by two golden stars.
Upon the unveil, Keith Smout, DS Techeeta CCO said: The DS E-TENSE FE20 is a design evolution from our championship winning car. We wanted to stay true to our past and continue to celebrate and honour our success by keeping the now iconic gold and black livery whilst fighting for more titles.
“If you look closely, you can see that the pattern is made out of our cheetah head logo, which also nods to our continued efforts in supporting The Big Cat Sanctuary’s fight in saving the cheetahs and other big cats. A topic that is more pressing than ever and a cause that is close to our hearts.”
At the same time, Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director added: “The team has used the experience that allowed us to win both titles to further develop the potential of the car.Our engineers have optimized most of the elements by further developing our winning concept rather than completely rethinking the car.
“The engine, the inverter and the transfer case have evolved, but the deeper changes are in the heart of the embedded systems. All this ambitious research and development work aims to offer the drivers a car that allows them to fight to win and defend both titles in the coming season that starts on 22 November in Riyadh.”
The sole pre-season test will take place on October 15-18 with a day’s gap in between for media work. It will be the first chance to see all the 2019/20 Formula E cars together ahead of the season start in November in Riyadh.
2019/20 Formula E line-up so far:
Audi: Lucas di Grassi & Daniel Abt
DS Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne & Antonio Felix da Costa
Porsche: Neel Jani & Andre Lotterer
GEOX Dragon: Brendon Hartley & Nico Muller
Nissan e.Dams: Sebastien Buemi & Oliver Rowland
BMW Andretti: Maximilian Gunther & Alexander Sims
Mercedes: Stoffel Vandoorne & Nyck de Vries
Jaguar Racing: Mitch Evans & James Calado
Venturi Racing: Felipe Massa & Edoardo Mortara
Mahindra Racing: Pascal Wehrlein & Jerome D’Ambrosio
Here’s the story of Antonio Felix da Costa joining DS Techeetah