DS Virgin Racing launches DSV-03 Challenger for 2018 Formula E Season

  With the Formula E Season 4 season-opener around the corner, DS Virgin Racing has introduced its new DSV-03 Challenger. The season-opener is set for 2 December in the mean streets of Hong Kong.

DS Virgin Racing DSV-03 challenger

The fully-electric single-seater features an enhanced livery in the team’s now familiar purple, red and silver color scheme, with subtle tweaks throughout. Under the cover, the experts at DS Performance have worked on further optimising the performance and efficiency of the car, including a new upgraded software system.

Pilots for the team’s 2018 Formula E Challenge

In the cockpit sees the first ever all-British driver pairing of Sam Bird and Alex Lynn. Bird, has competed in all 33 of the team’s race starts, securing five wins and nine podiums along the way to make him the third highest Formula E points scorer to date. Meanwhile, Lynn will embark on his first full-time campaign following his impressive debut last season in which he secured pole position at his first attempt; becoming one of only two drivers to have ever done so.

The launch of the new DS Virgin Racing challenger also marks three years to the day since the team’s first ever win during the Putrajaya E-Prix in 2014 with Bird at the wheel. This provided the inspiration behind the team’s new launch film, which celebrates the outfit’s heritage, successes and most iconic moments, including the incredible double victory during last season’s inaugural New York E-Prix.

The 2017/2018 Formula E Championship begins in Hong Kong on 2 – 3 December with a double-header set around the Central Harbourfront and overlooking the city’s skyscraper backdrop. The 10-turn route extends 1.86km along Lung Wo Road, Man Yiu Street and Yiu Sing Street, and marks the second consecutive year for the city to host the event. The circuit remains largely unchanged from last season aside from a revised chicane at Turns 3 & 4, with the drivers reaching speeds of up to 200km/h at the quickest point. New for this year will be two races of varying distances (43 and 45 laps) to add an extra element to the racing strategy.

DS Virgin Racing also continues with its strong partner line-up into season four with DS Automobiles, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Kaspersky and Total.

DS Virgin Racing DSV-03 specifications

Car: DSV-03 homologated by the FIA
Dimensions: Length 5m // Width 1.78m // Height 0.99m
Wheel base: 3.10m
Weight of the car: 880kg minimum with driver
Battery weight: 320kg (capacity 28 KW/h)
Engine: One electric motor / rear wheel drive
Max power: 200kW (271 ch)
Regenerative braking: 150kW
Battery voltage: 700V
Gear box: 3-speed
Brakes: Ventilated carbon disks, 4-piston calipers; adjustable AV/AR distribution from the interior
Max. speed: 225km/h
Acceleration (0-100km/h): Less than 4s
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport EV 2, 245x40R18 (AV), 305x40R18 (AR)