DS Virgin Racing have confirmed to MotorMartin that their driver pairing of Sam Bird and Alex Lynn – the series’ first ever all-British line-up – have racked up a sizeable tally of 440 laps around the 1.9-mile (3.09km) modified National Circuit in the team’s season four DSV-03 challenger (see technical specification below).

Focusing on gaining valuable data ahead of the opening rounds on 2/3 December, the team conducted a series of race simulations and qualifying runs as it aims to continue its previous success in the all-electric championship. 

The opening session on day one saw Bird top the timesheets with Lynn P4, with the two going on to show strong pace across day two. Day three saw Bird in P6 and Lynn in P8 in the morning session, with longer race simulations conducted in the afternoon.

Summarising the three-day test programme Bird shared with MotorMartin that: “Preparations have gone well. We’ve shown a good turn of speed but this track isn’t representative of the Formula E circuits we’re used to so we’ll have to wait and see how our form here translates come the opening race. The car feels good though as we’ve made some small but significant tweaks to optimise our already strong package.”

Lynn also explained: “Overall it’s been a positive test session for the team, which together with the data collected from our private test programme, puts us in good stead for the season. We’ve been able to work through our various scenarios and set-ups and I can’t wait to start my first full Formula E season.” 

Commenting to MotorMartin, Team Principal Alex Tai said: “I’m delighted with the team’s performance this week. Yet again we’ve shown we have a competitive package heading into season four. The Valencia circuit is not an ideal testing ground so it’s hard to state with any confidence where we are compared to other teams but, for sure, we are working well as a unit. Both our drivers have more than enough skill to make the difference and the whole team can’t wait for the season-opener to show what we can do.”

DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: “This official testing session is a like a final rehearsal before the start of the season. We refined and validated the technical choices made during our R&D tests, which began in January with the DSV-03. 
The cars are technically very demanding. The experience accumulated over the last three years allows us to better anticipate the technical challenges that we will have to face. This will be essential for the first meeting of the season in December.”

The 2017/2018 FIA Formula E Championship begins in Hong Kong on December 2.

DS Virgin Racing – Formula E race car technical details

Race car: DSV-03 homologated by the FIA

Dimensions: (Length x Width x Height) 5m x 1.78m x 0.99m

Wheel base: 3.10 metres

Weight of the car: 880kg minimum with pilot

Battery weight: 190 kg (capacity 28 KW/h)

Engine: One electric engine driving AR wheels

Max power: 200kW (271ch)

Racing energy recovered power: 150kW

Supply: 700V

Gear box: 3 speed

Brakes: Ventilated carbon disks, 4-piston calipers; adjustable AV/AR With distribution controlled from the interior

Max. speed: 140mph (225kph)

Acceleration: 0 to 62mph (100km) in less than 3.5 seconds

Braking distance: 100m to slow down from 130 to 25mph (210kph to 40kph)

Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport EV 2, 245x40R18 (AV), 305x40R18 (AR)

2017/2018 Formula E calendar

2nd, 3rd December 2017: Hong Kong – with 2 races

13th January 2018: Marrakesh

3rd February 2018: Santiago (Chile)

3rd March 2018: Mexico

7th March 2018: Sao Paulo

14th April 2018: Roma

28th April 2018: Paris

19th May 2018: Berlin

10th June 2018: Zurich

14th, 15th July 2018: New York – with 2 races

28th, 29th July 2018: Montréal – with 2 races

Could be a very exciting season.

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