DS announces the creation of DS Performance
DS is today announcing the creation of its motorsport division, DS Performance.
DS Performance is contributing its technological expertise in Formula E research and development to the DS Virgin Racing team.
Based at the future PSA Excellence Centre at Satory, DS Performance is directed by Yves Matton.
Harnessing their technological expertise and galvanised by the WRC and WTCC successes of Yves Matton, the engineers at DS Performance have developed the entire drivetrain of the DSV-01, including the electric motor, gearbox and controller. They have also designed its cooling system, rear suspension and transmission. The motor management system was designed together with Magnetti Maretti.
DS Performance will support DS Virgin Racing throughout its season, enabling Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne to draw on all the performance of the race cars.
“More than a simple R&D laboratory, DS Performance will stand as a true showcase of the technological expertise and avant-garde spirit of the DS brand. It was a natural move for us to call on Yves Matton and his teams, multiple WRC and WTCC world champions, to develop the all-electric DSV-01 race car.” Yves Bonnefont, CEO of the DS brand.
“I am very proud that DS has called on us to succeed in the new challenge of developing the DSV-01. After the work accomplished in the last few months, the success of the initial official tests of the DSV-01 with Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne was a great source of satisfaction for my teams and myself. We are going to support DS Virgin Racing and work together from Beijing to London to add motorsport success to the DS brand’s accomplishments.” Yves Matton, Director of DS Performance