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By Jove, they built it: Avant-garde DS X E-Tense rolls out for Chantilly

By Jove, they built it: Avant-...
The DS X E-Tense is a bizarre, asymmetric, avant garde electric hypercar concept that puts the driver out in the wind, but keeps the passengers enclosed
The DS X E-Tense is a bizarre, asymmetric, avant garde electric hypercar concept that puts the driver out in the wind, but keeps the passengers enclosed
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Asymmetric front? that's just the beginning here
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Asymmetric front? that's just the beginning here
Wicked side profile
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Wicked side profile
Scissor door on the driver's side
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Scissor door on the driver's side
Rear three quarter look
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Rear three quarter look
The driver gets nothing but a tiny windscreen
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The driver gets nothing but a tiny windscreen
Spider web-like taillight design looks amazing
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Spider web-like taillight design looks amazing
Giant clamshell gullwing door on the passenger side
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Giant clamshell gullwing door on the passenger side
Driver stays out in the weather, passengers are completely enclosed
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Driver stays out in the weather, passengers are completely enclosed
"Light veil" lights at the front look great, but we're not sure if they're meant to serve as headlights or just driving lights
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"Light veil" lights at the front look great, but we're not sure if they're meant to serve as headlights or just driving lights
The DS X E-Tense is a bizarre, asymmetric, avant garde electric hypercar concept that puts the driver out in the wind, but keeps the passengers enclosed
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The DS X E-Tense is a bizarre, asymmetric, avant garde electric hypercar concept that puts the driver out in the wind, but keeps the passengers enclosed
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France's DS Automobiles has built a real car out of the bizarre, asymmetric renders we saw last year, and it's about to give the public its first chance to take a look. The DS X E-Tense is a vision of a proper driver's car for the year 2035.

By far the most extreme concept DS has ever come up with, the E-Tense is a thousand-kilowatt (1,360 hp) front-wheel-drive electric beast with Formula E suspension, a carbon fiber chassis and some truly eye-popping design touches.

The first of these can't be ignored. DS has chosen to give the driver the most extreme and elemental experience possible, by hanging them right out in the wind with an open cockpit, protected from the wind by nothing but a sharply angled windscreen.

Asymmetric front? that's just the beginning here
Asymmetric front? that's just the beginning here

That's not to say you can't take passengers, the driver's side scissor door is mirrored by a double-length gullwing on the passenger side, which swings open to reveal two fully enclosed passenger seats in tandem formation. Weird, but then DS isn't here to facilitate conversations between drivers and passengers, it's here to deliver an intense ride, which it will, particularly if you need to merge right with the passenger pod blocking your view.

The front and tail lights are another stunning detail, "light veil" curtains that stretch like spider webs across the asymmetrical front and rear aspects of the car. The effect is breathtaking, if probably very fragile. Then again, DS says that "new technology" makes the E-Tense "capable of recovering its original form after an impact" – and if that's true, this new technology is probably bigger news than the car itself. Sadly, there's no further information.

Spider web-like taillight design looks amazing
Spider web-like taillight design looks amazing

It's unclear how much of the typically grandiose concept waffle has been brought through to the machine that's been built, presumably not the seats that mold themselves to their occupants, or the "immersive acoustic bubble" that treats each passenger to a focused sound beam that adapts and follows them around as they move.

But it doesn't matter, this is a genuinely shocking and thought-provoking concept car well worthy of at least as much attention as Mercedes' Vision EQ Silver Arrow concept from last year.

DS is taking the X E-Tense out with its its FE19 Formula E car, the Crosstrack E-Tense 4x4 and the Crossback E-Tense to show to the public at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance concours on the June 30. Check out a video below.

Source: DS Automobiles

The first tour | DS X E-tense

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4 comments
c4jjm
HA! A FWD car with up to 1360 HP?! This must be a joke...please tell me this is a joke...clearly the person/people that came up with this joke have never driven more than a naturally aspirated 4 cyl.....wow. I have a FWD sedan with 274 HP, and that is too much for FWD....why on earth would someone build a car with 1360 HP only at the front wheels?!?!?!?!
KaiserPingo
Besides all the hype, it's a joke to use the DS name like this. Most of you have no idea why it's even called DS. Peugeot is ruining the name !
PhilippeHolthuizen
Not exactly a new concept. It was introduced almost a year ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGJwvHknByM
Signguy
For 2030? REALLY? Meh.