DS Virgin Racing klar til start i Formel E
Første løb i FIA’s Formel E køres den 24. oktober
DS Virgin Racing er klar til sæsonstarten i Beijings gader med nye kørere, nye partnere, ny drivlinje og ambitioner om nye sejre.
Det første løb i denne sæson af FIA’s Formel E køres den 24. oktober. Teamet har som mål at starte den nye sæson på samme som de afsluttede den foregående, nemlig med en sejr.
Den første sæson i FIA’s Formel E sluttede i London i juni måned med en sejr til Sam Bird, som også vandt løbet i Malaysia. I den nye sæson får han franske Jean-Eric Vergne som teamkammerat.
Bilen, de skal køre, hedder DSV-01. Den er udviklet i et tæt samarbejde mellem Virgin Racing, der kørte den første sæson i Formel E, og DS mærkets afdeling for motorsport ”DS Performance” under ledelse af Yves Matton.
Det tekniske reglement for sæson 2 giver de forskellige teams mulighed for at udvikle deres egen motor og at hæve effekten fra 150 til 170 kW. Ingeniørerne i DS Performance har stået for udviklingen af elmotoren, gearkassen og styreenheden i DSV-01 og kølesystemet. Motorstyringen er udviklet i samarbejde med Magnetti Marelli.
2015/2016 sæsonen i FIA’s Formel E tæller ti løb, som køres på bybaner på 2,5 – 3 km i store byer verden over. Starten til det første går i Beijing den 24. oktober.
About the pilots, Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne
Sam Bird, who represented the Virgin Racing team in the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E championship, won as many races as the eventual championship winner, including the London finale and a dominant victory in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The 28-year-old was one of the most impressive drivers in the first FIA Formula E season picking up three podiums and two fastest laps, in addition to his two race wins.
Having secured three pole positions and three podium finishes in year one of the FIA Formula E Championship, including a pole position at his very first race, Jean-Eric Vergne is a very exciting addition to the DS Virgin Racing team. After success in British Formula Three, Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and three seasons in Formula One, the 25-year-old not only brings blistering speed but also valuable experience to the DS Virgin Racing team.
About the DS brand
A French brand created in Paris, DS was officially launched on 1 June 2014, confirming its ambition to allow the French vehicle market to reconnect with luxury. Inspired by the best of French know-how, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955. Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS range now comprises the DS 3, DS 3 CABRIO, DS 4, DS 5, DS 5LS* and DS 6*. Featuring remarkable styling and meticulous refinement and high-quality materials the DS range also stands out for its technology, in particular the Hybrid4 hybrid diesel drive train available on the DS 5. Distributed in Europe through DS Stores or dedicated showrooms in the Citroën network, DS boasts its own network of sales outlets in China. For customers, DS has come to represent a brand experience that goes beyond the products to include a range of exclusive premium services, in particular through the DS Privilege Club in some countries. The brand has so far achieved more than 580,000 sales since its launch. www.driveDS.com
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About Virgin group
Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors ranging from mobile telephony, travel, financial services, leisure, music, holidays and health & wellness. Virgin employs more than 55,000 people, operating in over 50 countries and had global branded revenues of £15bn ($24bn) in 2013.
About FIA Formula E Championship
Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. Commencing in September 2014, the Championship will compete in the heart of 10 of the world's leading cities - including London, Beijing and Los Angeles - racing around their iconic landmarks. 10 teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fan. Operating as an 'open championship', the series gives car manufacturers and constructors the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations in a racing environment, designing cars to the technical specifications set out by the FIA.
FIA & Michelin: Today’s partners for tomorrow’s mobility
As well as being the official Formula E tyre supplier, Michelin is an official partner, at the international level, of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. This program is designed to support the Decade of Action for Road Safety initiated by the UN, the aim of which is to save five million lives over the next ten years. This program is set up to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours around the globe.