DS TECHEETAH celebrates leading the championship after the first round of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E championship

After an eventful race, it was the DS E-TENSE FE19 of Formula E champion Jean-Éric Vergne that crossed the finish-line in second place after a near double-podium for him and team-mate, André Lotterer.

The two DS TECHEETAH drivers lined up in 5th and 7th on the grid and managed to climb through the ranks to run first and second before a technical infringement caused a drive through penalty for the pair. Coming out behind the front pack after taking the penalty, the two drivers were on the hunt for the podium and Jean-Éric managed to claim second with André just behind in 5th whilst also scoring the Fastest Lap to gain additional valuable points at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s first round on the 2018/2019 Season.

 

« I would like to say a huge thanks to the whole team for this race but also for the lead up to this moment. Today was just a taster of what is to come from DS TECHEETAH. The course was so much fun to drive, it was like walking on a cloud out there. I’m very pleased that the FIA and Formula E took our feedback around ATTACK MODE on board after the Drivers’ Briefing as it made a very good race today. I’m very proud to be part of a championship that keeps innovating and re-inventing itself like this. We put on a great show and as we aim for more podiums and our first win of the season, I’m confident that we will continue to deliver some very exciting racing for the rest of the championship. We’re going to absorb all the lessons, continue in this spirit and come back for more, » said DS TECHEETAH Driver Jean-Éric Vergne.

« We had some issues today, but we should be happy about the pace we had. We were really putting the car through its paces and it responded so well. It’s of course frustrating to have the issues that we had as I lost out on a potential win, or at least a one-two or a double-podium as we had the pace for it, but we gained some valuable points and that’s what matters the most in this championship. I have mixed feelings about today but now we’re looking to the next race and it will be good to flex our muscles in Marrakesh, »  said DS TECHEETAH Driver, André Lotterer.

« Today was a huge achievement for the whole team. What a way to start the season! The championship has definitely taken another step forward and we’re racing on a whole new level now. Jean-Éric and André were flying out there and it was really exciting to see that all the hard work that the team has put into the package delivered on track. Congratulations to BMW for their first win, and welcome to Formula E, » said DS TECHEETAH Team Principal, Mark Preston.

« Congratulations to Jean-Éric and André for a fantastic first race. We are delighted to have secured the first podium for DS TECHEETAH. After many months of development and preparation with our team, it was wonderful to see everyone coming together to deliver such an impressive performance at our first event. It will allow us to continue to progress with confidence for the rest of the championship and to achieve our goals, » said DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon.


The next round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place on 12 January 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

 

DS TECHEETAH ready to hit the streets with the DS E-TENSE FR19

Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to commence this Saturday on 15 December. Fans across the world will see 22 new Gen2 car, new tracks, new rules and new drivers added to the championship.

DS TECHETAH drivers André Lotterer and the reigning Formula E Champion, Jean-Éric Vergne returns to field the DS E-TENSE FE19 Gen2 car for the season ahead. They will start the season by tackling the new 2,5km street circuit of Ad Diriyah where they will be challenged with the new 45min plus one lap race format.

Formula E’s unique fan engagement, FanBoost, is set to return with updated regulations and we will now see the Top 5 drivers gain the boost voted for by the fans, that’s another two drivers gaining the energy boost on track compared the previous seasons. Fans will now also be able to vote 15 minutes into the race, further adding to the thrill of being directly involved in the championship.

The DS E-TENSE FE19 is built entirely in-house by DS Automobiles in the team’s new factory in Versailles just outside of Paris. DS Automobiles has also developed its own brake-by-wire system and is one of the few manufacturer in the paddock to have done so to gain a further competitive advantage. The new DS E-TENSE FE19 has a maximum power of 338hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8s. It also has a larger battery capacity of 52 kWh that will last the whole race, thus eliminating the car swap.

As the championship continues to innovate, the introduction of ATTACK MODE is going to throw further challenges to the grid and bring the excitement of the series further.

When enable, the new feature temporarily increases the power level from 200 kW (in race mode) to 225 kW, which gives the drivers an advantage over the others, for a short time, to overtake, opening new strategic opportunities and delivering more dynamic races .
To be able to go into the ATTACK MODE, the driver must go through an activation zone, located outside of the race line. The number of activation and the period of use will be determined at each race by the FIA.

Jean-Éric Vergne #25: “For someone who’s been with the series since pretty much the start, I’ve personally seen how Formula E has taken big strides – not only with the performance of the car, but by implementing new ideas that continue to promote close racing such as ATTACK MODE. As drivers we want to be able to race hard and the fans want that too.”

André Lotterer #36: “Formula E has taken a huge leap forward in the last year and it’s very exciting to be part of a series that keep on reinventing itself like Formula E does. We’ve done all the prep work for the new additions to the series and the wait is finally over, we’re going racing now. It will be very interesting to see how the first race pans out as there will be some surprises, that’s certain.”

The Alpine A110 GT4 wins first-ever GT4 International Cup

With the victory of the n°36 Alpine A110 GT4 entered by the CMR team and driven by Pierre-Alexandre Jean and Pierre Sancinéna at the Bahrain International Circuit, Alpine adds another success to an extremely rich and eloquent history.

Organised by SRO during the Bapco Bahrain GT Festival at Sakhir, the first GT4 International Cup, a genuine World Cup for the category, brought together 21 crews and 10 constructors from around the world to conclude the 2018 season in style.

Right from free practice, the Alpine A110 GT4s prepared by the CMR team with Signatech technical support were on point. The n°36 set best time in the opening session before the n°26 of Antoine Leclerc and David Tuchbant did the same in session two.

After a low-profile qualifying despite Antoine Leclerc’s fifth place in Q2, the Alpine showed once again its potential in the two qualifying races. While the n°26 hit troubles in the field in both races, the sister car made two superb strong runs before the night-time grand finale. Forced to start at the rear of the field for the main race, David Tuchbant soon had to retire while Pierre-Alexandre Jean was starting to put on quite a show.

Third in the FFSA French GT Championship at just 17 years of age, Pierre-Alexandre Jean passed a dozen cars to move up to 7th on lap one. Fifth a lap later, the French driver was up to third place on lap five.

During the driver change window, Pierre-Alexandre Jean extended his stint as long as he could. With a clear track ahead of him, he put in a qualifying-like lap to make the difference before handing over to Pierre Sancinéna.

Once behind the wheel, the first champion of the Alpine Elf Europa Cup left the pits with the lead thanks to the hard work of his team mate. Never worried, the Normandy native was able to manage his pace while also gradually increasing his lead despite the German armada that was chasing from behind.

A few second after the clock reached the one-hour mark, the Alpine A110 GT4 in the blue, white and red Elf colours sealed the win and its triumph in the GT4 world… Barely five months after it competition debut!

Lionel Chevalier, Signatech Technical Director: “We are extremely proud to see an Alpine A110 GT4 win the first-ever GT4 International Cup. This victory is the reward for the work the Signatech Automobiles team put in for nearly 18 months and for the past several months with the CMR team. I want to congratulate them all, but also Pierre-Alexandre Jean and Pierre Sancinéna, two drivers who have starred in the Alpine A110 GT4 and Alpine A110 Cup. Following our successes in the both the French and European championships, this first world crown confirms the potential of our car. This is an incredible source of motivation for the future, even more so with such a high level of competition this weekend! We can’t wait to be in 2019 season to defend this title and set off on the conquest of different national and international championships.”