DS Automobile's E-TENSE PERFORMANCE Packs a Formula E-Derived Electric Powertrain

The concept produces 815 hp and is also available as an NFT.

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French automotive company DS Automobiles is known for its luxurious lifestyle-based vehicles such as the DS 3 and DS 9, but now it looks to the future of electrification with the unveiling of its new concept, the E-TENSE PERFORMANCE.

This prototype draws heavily from DS Performance, the division that looks after the brand’s involvement in Formula E. As a result, it features two electric motors that produce 815 hp and 8,000Nm of torque at the wheels that are derived from Formula E technology and know-how, as well as a battery that’s housed in a carbon-aluminum composite envelope and is positioned at the center-rear for optimum levels of weight distribution.

A specially-designed carbon monocoque has been used for the structure of the car, housing the drivetrain from the Formula E single-seater to create a performance-focused driving experience while also offering high levels of strength. The suspension is also unique, adapting to surfaces to provide grip where needed.

As for its design, DS Automobiles produces a 3D grille that’s reminiscent of a shop window, while 800 LEDs make up the front lights and find themselves paired with cameras to read the road ahead, feeding information to the driver. Inside, you’ll find bucket seats and a Formula E steering wheel that add to the performance-focused driving experience, while pieces of French silverware have been implemented into the stereo system for an individual sound.

While the physical car is a one-off prototype, the DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE will also be available in NFT form. Four different series will be offered between February 7 and October 23, 2022, following on from the prototype’s unveiling until the Paris Motor Show. 100 DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE “100 series — 100% Electric” NFTs are available and one will be sold per day. A 50-day auction will also commence for a DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE version, limited to two examples titled “100 Series — 0-100kph in 2s.” The DS E-TENSE PERFORMANCE NFTs are available and driveable on Pavillion.

Take a closer look at the car above, and find more DS Automobiles news online.

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