Breaking down the DSV-03 for the fourth Formula E season


  • Max Power: 200kW
  • Acceleration: 0 - 100km/h < 4s
  • Car Weight: 880kg
  • FE Battery: 28kW Lithium Ion battery
  • Wheels: O.Z. racing magnesium rims
  • Tyres: 18" Michelin tyres

Formula E began in 2014 and since then has been on an incredible journey that has seen the all-electric motorsport grow in popularity to such an extent that the series is drawing comparisons with the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1.

The Formula ePrix takes place over a series of weekends and each race sees the drivers switch between 2 cars during a 40 lap race, both completing half of the total race distance. The reason for this is the electric motors and the duration of the batteries. However, this is an ongoing development and the sport will soon see pitstops that will run more like Formula 1 with tyre changes etc.

But let’s take a look at what’s behind a Formula E car with Kaspersky Lab sponsored DS Virgin Racing’s newest vehicle, the DSV-03.

DS Virgin Racing – Formula E car details:

Car: DSV-03 homologated by the FIA

Weight and Measurements:

Dimensions: Length 5m // Width 1.78m // Height 0.99m

Wheel base: 3.10 m

Weight of the car: 880kg minimum with pilot


Engine: One electric motor rear wheels

Max power: 200kW (271 ch)

Racing energy recovered power: 150kW

Supply: 700V


Updated 28kW Lithium Ion battery by Williams Advanced Engineering

Battery weight: 320kg (capacity 28 KW/h)

The traction battery is a Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) and supplies electric to the power circuit and then to the traction motor. The RESS is designed to propel the car along the track via the electric motor.

The FIA state that the battery and system must be of FIA standard, the weight must be no more than 200kg and also be certified to UN Transportation Standards.


ECU: McLaren Electronics ECU/GCU including a data logging system.

There are a number of other features on the DSV-03 that include a power supply management unit, CAN data acquisition equipment, FIA marshaling systems and a beacon receiver.


Gearbox: 3 speed paddle shift sequential with fixed gear ratios

Brakes: Ventilated carbon disks, 4-piston calipers; adjustable AV/AR distribution from the interior Max. speed: 225km/h (FIA limited)

Acceleration (0-100km) Less than 4s

Wheels and Tyres:

Wheels: O.Z. Racing magnesium rims. Max width front – 260mm / rear – 305mm. Max diameter front 650mm / rear 690mm

18” treaded Michelin tyres for use in both dry and wet track conditions.

Size: 245x40R18 (AV), 305x40R18 (AR)

Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport EV 2

We hope all of the technology & innovation that has gone into the setup will help Sam Bird and Alex Lynn race to the Formula E Championship for both driver and constructors.

(Source: DS Virgin Racing & Formula E regulations).

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