Techeetah have confirmed a technical partnership with DS Automobiles which will see the French manufacturer supply powertrains to the team for the upcoming season.
The move sees Techeetah becoming a manufacturer team for the first time since joining Formula E, having been a Renault customer team for seasons 3 and 4.
The president of the Techeetah Formula-E team, Edmund Chu was looking forward to the partnership saying: “We’re very excited about teaming up with DS Automobiles as we enter a new era of Formula E with the Gen 2 car. DS has extensive experience in Formula E having been a championship manufacturer since Season Two and finishing within the top three each season.
“We’ve had some brilliant battles on track this season with DS and we can’t wait to combine the wealth of experience and expertise of arguably two of the best teams in the paddock, as TECHEETAH becomes a manufacturer team for the first time.”
Chu was also quick to thank Renault for adding: “I’d also like to thank Renault for the last two years, they have given us an incredibly reliable powertrain, resulting in our driver, Jean-Éric Vergne winning the Driver’s Title and the team almost winning the Team’s Championship, only missing out by two points. It’s been an incredible feat by the whole team.
“We’re the small customer team that could take on the giants, a team where anything is possible. This is the spirit that we’re taking into our new partnership with DS and we are looking forward to a very competitive time together.”
The sentiment was echoed by the director of DS Performance, Xavier Mestelan Pinon who added: “Our involvement in Formula E is an integral part of DS Automobiles’ commitment to the electrification of our model line-up.
“The DS E-TENSE FE 19’s development began several months ago with the objective of being in a position to challenge for the top step of the podium from the opening race of the 2018/2019 campaign. Our association with TECHEETAH, who recently celebrated winning the 2017/2018 Drivers’ Title in addition to coming second in the Teams’ standings, is geared towards this target.
“TECHEETAH has demonstrated their exceptional skill and knowledge in electric street-racing over the last season and we’re looking forward to combining our expertise to create a championship winning team and I am convinced that our two entities will dovetail perfectly,”
The driver lineup hasn’t been confirmed yet although current Techeetah drivers, Andre Lotterer and Jean-Eric Vergne have been testing the new powertrain in Spain ahead of the upcoming season.