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DS E-TENSE: Electric supercar gets high fashion treatment

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 29 February 2016

JUST 12 months after the company’s launch, France’s DS Automobiles will unveil the DS E-TENSE electric-powered supercar at the Geneva Motor Show that begins this week.

The E-TENSE boasts 402 hp and 516Nm of torque under an “avant-garde” shell whose “flowing lines evoke a sense of perpetual motion”. O-100km/h in 4.5 seconds.

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A unique DS trademark feature, the front and rear LED lights were designed to look like jewels.

High fashion it seems has hit the EV world. The company, the luxury vehicle division of Citroen, goes on to say: “The daytime running lights – picked out as if in beaded stitches … 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 apparently 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.

To raise this interior to new heights of sophistication, bespoke accessories have been created in collaboration with French luxury brands such as Moynat which designed the harness for securing the spare wheel and BRM Chronographers which designed a watch for the ETENSE driver.

DS Automobiles has equipped its latest creation with a 100 percent electric 402hp engine that produces 516Nm of torque which has a 310km mixed cycle range (or 360km urban cycle). Power reaches the road via specially-designed Michelin tyres.

The two-seater monocoque chassis is manufactured from carbon fibre and equipped with independent superimposed double wishbone suspension.

The streamlined silhouette, the carbon fibre diffuser and the flat underbody all contribute significantly to its aerodynamic performance.

TECHNICAL DATA

Dimensions: 4.72 L x 2.08 W x 1.29 H
Engine: 100% electric 402hp
Acceleration: 4.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km
Range: 360km (urban cycle) or 310km (mixed cycle)
Maximum torque: 516Nm
Top speed: 250km/h
Weight: 1.8 tons
Tyres: 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

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