Peugeot Citroën To Enter Formula E

MAY 23 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

Citroën Aircross concept

Citroën Aircross concept

According to media reports, Citroën under the new PSA Peugeot Citroën CEO Carlos Tavares, could enter Fromula E next season (2015/16).

It’s expected that Citroën will join as a partner to Virgin Racing Engineering, which is one of eight manufacturers that will supply powetrains for the racing teams.

This season Virgin also has one of the ten racing teams.

Carlos Tavares earlier was responsible for the sponsorship deal between Formula E and Renault and introducing Citroën into E1 could spark direct competition against Renault Sport, which will supply powertrains to e.dams team.

“There is also a link between Tavares, a keen motorsport fan and amateur racer, and Virgin – the Formula E operation is run by personnel from the test squad of the Lotus Formula 1 team, which was formerly owned by and raced as Renault.

It is understood that Citroen could choose Formula E to promote its DS sub-brand as it emerges into a stand-alone marque.”

For now nothing is confirmed.

Unlike this season, in year two electric motors, inverters and gearboxes will not be the same, and base power limit will rise from 150 to 170 kW. Step by step, Formula E will then let teams have different battery technology in season three and completely different cars in season five.


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As much as I love Citroen, are they really going to promote any of their DS line up at a Formula E event? With no plug-in coming relatively soon, that’s really not right.

Hopefully that will lead to Peugeot and Citroen to start producing EV’s. Both BEVs and PHEVs and hopefully in masses.

So far it’s been as disappointing as the Citroen Cactus is ugly.

Ok *twitch*, at least we can agree t-*twitch* to disagree on the latter. It isn’t like *twitch* that Citroen is known to be distinctive in its own right and nor is it known to copy and conform to all of its monotonous and dulled competitors.


Anyway, the former. The PSA never really built EVs, just rebadged them. It’s very unlikely if they will be so willing to jump back in. They bet on the wrong ca

OK? … willing to jump back in, even if France is practically trying to flood the car market with EVs. They bet on the wrong car (i-MiEV) that hardly adapted, and when it did, PSA already pulled out and Mitsu was too busy on the PHEV. Anyway, the PSA got burned and is still selling the remainder 2012 iOns till this day.

It has been said that because of the new DS brand’s ‘Avant-Garde’ way of things, new powertrains from the group such as plug-in hybrids will be first featured with a DS badge, but that’s going to take a while. Even when it does, we shouldn’t expect mad sales.

So now, the PSA has put out all of its chips into weight saving and advanced petrol engines considering how difficult the future regulations and image for diesels are.

Oh good! Can that mean that the Citroen Survolt will come back under a new shape?

Tesla needs to sponsor a formula e team.

Amen Mister G