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Launched in 2014, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is now a major global motorsports event. For TotalEnergies, which is deeply involved in sustainable mobility, it is an ideal “test lab”. Starting in 2020-2021, its seventh season, the series switched status and became a world championship. To test and develop tomorrow’s solutions, we have set out our commitment to this discipline, alongside our partner DS PENSKE.

Successful partnership between TotalEnergies and DS PENSKE

Following our partnership with DS Automobiles, TotalEnergies is involved, since 2016, in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with a now rebranded team DS PENSKE – made up of the premium brand of the Stellantis Group and the American squad PENSKE.

The electric engine offers a higher output than a combustion unit: 95% compared with 45%. The calories produced – and therefore to be evacuated – remain higher and may generate significant levels of heat constraints within the machinal components (engine and gear box). Our lubricants offer an optimized and efficient cooling to guarantee optimum temperature control and maximum reliability.

The teamwork and close collaboration that are the hallmarks of our partnership with DS Performance, the sports division of DS Automobiles, have paid off, with DS brand winning the Team title and Jean-Éric Vergne becoming the first person to win back-to-back Formula E Drivers’ titles in the 2018-2019 season. The team successfully defended its title in the 2019-2020, whilst Antonio Felix Da Costa, the other DS driver at that time, claimed his maiden Drivers’ title.

  • 11
    teams engaged for the 2023/2024 season
  • 322
    top speed of the DS E-TENSE FE 23
  • ≈ 50
    of the energy used during the race is coming from regenerative braking

Formula E at the heart of tomorrow’s mobility

Formula E offers an outstanding test environment for technologies that are being developed. The E-Prix races are very intense and often held in hot countries, providing extreme conditions that must be imitated in our laboratory.

This has enabled us to collect valuable data that has been used to create our Quartz EV Fluid lubricant range, which is perfectly aligned with the needs of electrified vehicles, whether they are hybrids, plug-in hybrids or electric.

Driving progress in this segment, these pioneering products illustrate our commitment to meeting the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s mobility, while offering energy solutions in line with the environmental and climate challenges faced.

TotalEnergies has organised itself so that its consumer product range designed for electric vehicles, Quartz EV Fluid, can benefit from its latest discoveries in FE within a matter of months. This applies both to electric motor cooling fluid as well as gearbox and differential coolant.

The same engineers work on racing products and TotalEnergies’ consumer range, thus ensuring technical developments can be rolled out quickly. Once the prototype designed for DS PENSKE has been approved, it is then a matter of adapting the technology to the requirements of production vehicles. This particularly involves ensuring a longer lifespan for products, with specific tests conducted in conjunction with car and gearbox manufacturers so that the link between racing and production vehicles is effective.

Formula E Calendar

13 January 2024 : E-Prix of Mexico – Mexico

26 & 27 January 2024 : E-Prix of Diriyah – Saudi Arabia

16 March 2024 : E-Prix of Sao Paulo – Brazil

30 March 2024 : E-Prix of Tokyo – Japan

13 & 14 April 2024 : E-Prix of Misano – Italy

27 April 2024 : E-Prix of Monaco – Monaco

11 & 12 May 2024 : E-Prix of Berlin – Germany

25 & 26 May 2024 : E-Prix of Shanghai – China

29 & 30 June 2024 : E-Prix of Portland – United States of America

20 & 21 July 2024 : E-Prix of London – United Kingdom

Updated in February 2024

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