The Techeetah team has taken the covers off its 2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship season challenger, with the Franco-Chinese outfit forging a new factory partnership with DS Automobiles.

The team has operated as a Renault customer team since its current owners bought out the former Team Aguri operation in 2016. Its success last season, which saw Jean-Éric Vergne claim four race wins and the Drivers’ Championship title, prompted DS Automobiles – which had been in partnership with rival outfit Virgin Racing – to switch its factory support.

Techeetah will field an unchanged driver line-up with Vergne once again being partnered by André Lotterer. James Rossiter and Zhou Guanyu also remain as its development drivers.

“It is with great pleasure that we have now officially begun our partnership with DS and embarked on our first year as DS Techeetah,” said Team Principal Mark Preston.

“With Jean-Éric and André as our drivers and James Rossiter and Zhou Guanyu as our development drivers this year, we believe that we have an incredibly strong driver line-up and we are incredibly excited to go racing.”

DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon, added: “We’ve been busy behind the scenes developing the DS E-TENSE FE19 and it’s great to have the full force of Techeetah on board so that we can continue to optimise our package for the 2018/2019 season and beyond.

“In addition to a strong driver line-up, we’ve also got an incredibly talented engineering and technical pool at hand – a combination of the best of both sides to create a fantastic DS Techeetah technical team.”

Image via DS Techeetah

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