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Techeetah, Virgin launch new FE cars

Reigning drivers’ and teams’ champions DS Techeetah and Audi customer team Envision Virgin Racing have launched their cars for Season 6 of FIA Formula E.

DS Techeetah are continuing with the black and gold livery they have run since the team entered the sport in 2016.

The DS E-tense FE20 was launched with photos from the Circuit Calafat in Spain.

Their livery features a new cheetah icon pattern on the side of the car and a celebration of the two drivers’ titles the team have won with two laurel wreaths on the car.

Jean-Eric Vergne, the first two-time Formula E drivers’ champion, will have two golden stars on his car to celebrate his championships.

Keith Smout, DS TECHEETAH Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The DS E-TENSE FE20 is a design evolution from our championship-winning car.

“We wanted to stay true to our past and continue to celebrate and honour our success by keeping the now-iconic gold and black livery whilst fighting for more titles.

“If you look closely, you can see that the pattern is made out of our cheetah head logo, which also nods to our continued efforts in supporting The Big Cat Sanctuary’s fight in saving the cheetahs and other big cats – a topic that is more pressing than ever and a cause that is close to our hearts.”

Vergne will be partnered by race winner Antonio Felix da Costa for the new season.

Virgin Racing shows off slightly modified livery

Virgin Racing have also shown off their new livery ahead of the new season of Formula E.

Both Robin Frijns and Sam Bird have been retained by the team, which finished third in the 2018/19 Formula E season after picking up three wins.

Frijns claimed two wins, including in the chaotic Paris E-Prix to claim his maiden win, with Bird claiming one win.

The Audi-powered car, known as the Audi e-tron FE06, keeps the same purple, silver and red colour scheme but with subtle tweaks throughout.

 “Formula E has become the most competitive championship in the world and with new manufacturers joining – alongside those we were competing against in season five – having consistency is key for the team,” said Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s Managing Director.

“Retaining our strong driver line-up has allowed us to focus all our efforts on the upcoming season and to really utilise our knowledge and experience.”

“Having concluded an extremely successful first full season with Envision Group, we’re now looking ahead to the upcoming seasons where we can develop our team experience, both as a team and with our partners.”

DS Techeetah car image courtesy of DS Techeetah

Envision Virgin Racing car image courtesy of Envision Virgin Racing


Jack Amey

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