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What does the DS 7 E-Tense 4×4 360 have in common with DS E-Tense FE23?

May 26, 2023

Outdoor Laboratory

For DS Autombiles, the Formula E championship represents an open-air laboratory for DS Performance. But how exactly does that work? We’ll explain.


DS Performance has developed several components for the DS E-Tense FE23. These include the rear engine unit, energy recovery system, transmission, cooling system, electrical system and rear suspension. The brand has also developed software and algorithms that optimize power management.

As mentioned, everything DS Performance learns in Formula E is useful for the development of DS Automobiles’ E-Tense production cars. A striking example is the new DS 7 E-Tense 4×4 360, but why?

Photoshoot DS7 during the 2023 Monaco ePrix, 7th meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, at the Circuit de Monaco from May 4 to 6, 2023 in Monaco - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

Recovery system

Simple: in this plug-in hybrid, the brand applies a recovery system taken directly from Formula E, which is even more efficient than in older models and optimizes management by analyzing brake pedal pressure, providing unprecedented braking quality.

Béatrice Foucher, CEO of DS Automobiles: “When the Formula E championship opened up to manufacturers, we took the decision to participate in this innovative competition with the aim of accelerating the development of our electrified range and raising the profile of DS Automobiles. The expertise we have accumulated since 2015 – underscored by our four world titles and many victories on all continents – directly benefits our customers, thanks to the continuous transfer of technology. Below the line, our customers are the real winners of our success in the world’s most prominent, 100% electric racing class.”

Research and development tool

Eugenio Franzetti, DS Performance director: “Motorsport has always been an extraordinary research and development tool. This is even more true today as we are in the midst of an electric revolution in the automotive industry. Formula E is a very useful laboratory to accelerate and refine electrification. Thanks to motorsport, DS Performance has developed ultra-powerful energy recovery software, as well as physical components, such as the motor and inverter, which have become smaller and more efficient over time. All this experience has been applied to our current electrified range and will also be found in the brand’s future 100% electric cars.”

DS Automobiles results in ABB FIA Formula E

Since the ABB FIA Formula E championship was opened to manufacturers, DS Automobiles has been the only brand to win at least one race each season. In America, Asia, Europe and Africa to date, DS Performance has achieved four world titles, 47 podium finishes and 16 victories in 98 races, with three generations of the Formula E car.