The creators of DS Automobiles have shed light on the DS X E-Tense concept, their “dream car” of 2035, a model that brand claims combines technology and poetry. Its fancful design incorporates the latest in electric power and autonomous drivng.
This DS X E-Tense concept surprises with its asymmetrical body and passenger layout. In normal driving mode, the driver sits in an open cockpit via an elytron door made of carbon and leather, to settle in an environment lined with blue leather and in a pyramidal seat able to adapt to his morphology. The driver in a very elongated position, facing then a steering wheel made of leather, wood and metal.
In “autonomous driving” mode, the driver can choose to become a passenger and settle in a glass cocoon via a butterfly door, to sit in a ventilated and massaging seat. An additional seat can also be added to accommodate a total of a three, and if the decides not to operate the car from the coskpit, the assistant “IRIS” (a hologram) ensures a virtual connection with the outside world.
Built around a carbon chassis, the DS X E-Tense concept is 100% electric driven with power sent to the front wheels, developing a total of 540 hp in normal use and up to 1,360 hp in “circuit” mode. Motricity, grip and deceleration are managed by a physical and software package, while the ground hugging suspension been designed by DS Performance, the sporting arm of DS Automobiles competing in the FIA Formula E Championship.
“DS X E-TENSE is a concentrate of our human emotions, materialized by the know-how of our engineers; an interpretation that has mobilized our avant-garde spirit as a team and our avant-garde minds as automotive enthusiasts,” commented Yves Bonnefont, General Manager of DS Automobiles.
Here is a short video from DS Automobiles that shows both the sporting nature of the DS X E-TENSE and the suspended animation tranquility they think is possible when one is in the cocoon. Certainly an innovative look at the future of automotive travel if not all that practical: