DS Automobiles (the luxury vehicle division of Citroën that evolved into separate brand in 2014) announced its first pure electric supercar, the DS E-TENSE. The brand-new two-seater has 402HP(around 300 kW), 516 Nm of torque,193 miles of range(310 kilometers) and o-to-62 time of 4,5 seconds.
3/19/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
DS Automobiles (the luxury vehicle division of Citroën that evolved separate of the brand in 2014) announced its first pure electric supercar, the DS E-TENSE.
The two-seater looks marvelous, and with some 402hp (around 300 kW) and 516 Nm of torque on board, it will be also pretty quick.
0-62 mph (100km/h) comes up in 4.5 seconds.
There is no data about size of the lithium-ion battery, which is hidden beneath the floor, but DS states an expected 310 km (193 miles) mixed cycle range, and a 360 km or 224 miles range in an urban cycle. As such, we are guessing around a 50 kWh battery.
All those who set eyes on the DS E-TENSE will instantly notice its unique styling, flowing lines and sense of perpetual motion. With the silhouette of a grand tourer coupé emphasised by a central chrome-plated spine and an exclusive metallic green ametrine body colour, the DS E-TENSE evokes one simple desire, and that is to be driven.
DS applied its avant-garde design styling to this vehicle and similar to the Divine DS, removed the rear windscreen at the back, giving the design team a huge amount of freedom to mould its contours and make use of digital rear-view technology.
A unique DS trademark feature, the front and rear lights were the object of scrupulous attention, with the DS LED Vision headlamps that are jewel-like in design. The daytime running lights – picked out as if in beaded stitches, a nod to the world of high fashion – accentuate the car’s expressive gaze.
At the rear, the indicators integrated into the roof are inspired by the original DS from 1955. Finally, the light signature’s show-stoppers are the tail lights: equipped with full LED technology and scale-like in design, they seem to spring to life whenever the car is in use, setting the trend for future DS models.
As for the car’s interior, it is an example of the alchemy that occurs when French savoir-faire is combined with superior materials. DS upholsterers took 800 hours to design, test and produce the interior, with particular emphasis on the upgraded watchstrap style design on the seats and dashboard. Other noteworthy features include the cold steel used for the dashboard, creating a futuristic look, and the strongly marked tulip-shape of the steering wheel.
A helmet harness by Moynat
The artistic director of Moynat came up with this unique object by drawing inspiration from the Y-shaped straps that used to secure the trunk, thus holding the spare tyre to the back of an automobile. The harness consists of two main handles made of natural calfskin with a staining that will become deeper and more lustrous with age. Inside, there is a supple leather pouch. Entirely hand-made by highly skilled craftsman, the harness seamlessly perpetuates the venerable tradition of French fine leather goods. Its function is multipurpose: it can be fastened securely to the driver’s seat in such a way that absolute safety is guaranteed, but it can also be removed and has been designed to carry a helmet in a practical yet elegant way, so doubles as a bag about town.
A one-off edition watch by BRM Chronographers
Watchmaking technology is refined to its very essence in this timepiece specifically designed for the driver of the DS E-TENSE. It can be worn on the wrist or affixed to the car’s central console. The case is angled at 90° so that the time is viewable while driving.
A first-class audio system by Focal
A silent car doesn’t mean that sound is not a crucial consideration. For an exclusive experience, 9 Focal Utopia high-fidelity loudspeakers transform the interior of the DS E-TENSE into an auditorium to satisfy the most demanding listeners. Top-of-the-range speakers utilising highly sophisticated technology are a reflection of the car itself.
DS has taken an unprecedented approach in choosing to build partnerships with companies rarely seen on the automotive stage.
Advanced technological solutions
As a Formula E World Championship competitor, DS Automobiles has equipped its latest creation with a 100% electric 402hp engine that produces 516Nm of torque, delivering propulsion that is clean, silent, but above all efficient and powerful. Add the 310km mixed cycle range (or 360km urban cycle) and the DS E-TENSE takes its rightful place among the ranks of high-performance GTs.
The lithium-ion batteries are situated under the car’s chassis, which keeps the centre of gravity low and enables even torque distribution between the axles.
Following close behind the DS 4 Concept, it was the DS E-TENSE’s turn to see certain elements take shape through the use of an innovative and avant-garde design method. Already established in couture and architecture spheres, parametric tools enable surface and volume to be generated in a unique way.
There is no better example of this than the DS E-TENSE’s dashboard, sculpted to futuristic effect. Likewise the radiator grille at the front, also a product of parametric design but here used in conjunction with 3D printing.
Making the move from DS LED VISION to DS ACTIVE LED VISION
A concept car represents a road map for the future. The DS E-TENSE takes DS LED Vision – a hallmark of all current DS vehicles – to the next level, making it active. All the LED modules are worked into the design in a way that a jeweller or watchmaker would practice their craft. They now rotate at 180°.
Furthermore, there is a welcome mode for the driver, and most importantly new features including a highway function for motorway driving and a weather function that widens the beam in rain, snow and fog. DS ACTIVE LED VISION pushes back the outer edges of darkness for an ultimately safe drive.
The car presents other examples of the latest technology, such as digital rear vision that works with the camera at the back, or the innovative “clean cabin” filtration system that works with the air conditioning to provide active protection for passengers. The system continuously identifies, analyses and filters exterior pollutants in order to purify the air in the cabin.
A unique creation, for people who want to give free rein to their passion for cars, without compromising on drivability or performance… this is what DS E-TENSE represents.
The two-seater monologue chassis is manufactured from carbon fiber and equipped with independent superimposed double wishbone suspension. As the batteries are located beneath the floor, the center of gravity is low, allowing the car to handle with rigor, precision and verve, all in total safety (especially given the even torque distribution between the axles).
Meanwhile, the streamlined silhouette, the carbon fiber diffuser and the flat underbody all contribute significantly to its aerodynamic performance. The specially developed Michelin tires (able to sustain the high torque electric powertrain) are also noteworthy for the safe and comfortable drive they guarantee, even at top speeds.
This safety and comfort is facilitated by high-definition digital instrumentation: a 12-inch digital handset is coupled with a 10-inch touchscreen. The ergonomic design of the controls is efficient and intuitive, thanks to an electronic system developed in collaboration with Coyote.
* Dimensions: 4.72 L x 2.08 W x 1.29 H
* Engine: 100% electric 402hp
* Acceleration: 4.5 seconds from 0 to 62mph
* Range: 223 miles (urban cycle) or 192 miles (mixed cycle)
* Maximum torque: 516Nm
* Top speed: 250km/h(155 mph)
* Weight: 1.8 tons
* Tires: MICHELIN Pilot Supersport Front: 245/35 ZR 20 Back: 305 /30 ZR 20
* 2-wheel drive system
* Carbon monocoque chassis
* Sound: Focal Utopia system, ninz loudspeakers, 640W, with a Digital Signal Processor for tuning
For now, it’s head-turning concept.
Neither price nor production date remain unknown yet.