DS Reveals 1,341 Horsepower Electric Concept Car
【Summary】French automaker DS recently unveiled a 1,341 hp electric concept call called the X E-TENSE. It's fitted with two electric motors and oddities like a personal-assistant hologram and collision self-healing.
If you live in the U.S., you may have never heard of DS Automobiles. The automaker is a premium sub-brand of Citroen, a name that's often associated with poor quality in the states. Recently, however, DS revealed a concept car that transcends the American bias towards French vehicles – the 1,341 hp, all-electric DS X E-TENSE.
The X E-TENSE is the stuff dreams are made of. It's a concept car, intended to convey the DS vision for the year 2035. Outside, the futuristic machine presents an asymmetrical design that looks like its straight out of a sci-fi flick. Under that crazy body, the car rides on a carbon-fiber chassis.
But that's just the start. What really causes the DS X E-TENSE to draw stares – or raise eyebrows – is its cockpit. The driver sits in a single, open-air seat behind a small windshield. Anyone bold enough to ride along gets stuffed into a rearward passenger compartment, under a bubble-top roof. If three isn't a crowd, an additional seat can be added in front of the first occupant. Everyone onboard can enjoy the absurdity of the cabin's glass floor and scented air.
Forget Siri – the DS X E-TENSE has a personal-assistant hologram, aptly named IRIS. This high-tech helper obeys your command and tends to the vehicle's functions.
As if that wasn't weird enough, the car can heal itself after a collision, like an automotive Wolverine. DS says this ability comes courtesy of unspecified "new technology".
Over 1,000 electrified horsepower
The DS X E-TENSE is propelled by two electric motors mounted in the front wheels. On-road, these units provide a relatively tame 536 hp in "standard" mode. When the driver selects "circuit" mode, the fun begins. Suddenly the electric motors churn out 1,341 hp (some sources say 1,360 hp) – more than enough to blow the doors off a Tesla Model S.
The trickle-down effect
While we won't see the X E-TENSE until 2035 – if ever – it's design and technology will trickle down. It's been rumored that elements from the car will be applied to other models, such as the DS 3 Crossback. DS intends to make its entire lineup of cars electric by 2025.
Mia is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician, L1, L2 and L3 Advanced Level Specialist. She has over 12 years of experience in the automotive industry and a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology. These skills have been applied toward content writing, technical writing, inspections, consulting, automotive software engineering.
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