DS Automobiles has applied all of the know-how garnered by racing in Formula E to come up with this: an electric-powered supercar with more than 800bhp.

The E-Tense Performance prototype is being called “a high-performance laboratory” that bosses at the automaker hope will help “accelerate the development” of future battery technology.

Under the sweptback bodywork is a new twin-motor powertrain that has been created by the DS Performance team. The front axle is powered by a 335bhp motor and the rear wheels get a dedicated motor rated at 469bhp.

As well as being a staggeringly impressive number, the E-Tense Performance is three times as powerful as the Formula E racer – the DS E-Tense FE20. As for torque, DS Automobiles claims this amounts to almost 6,000lb ft at the wheel.

Built around a carbon monocoque, the E-Tense Performance can regenerate energy at up to 600kW under braking due to the “immersive cooling system” that is at the heart of the Total Energies-developed battery. The pack is housed in a carbon-aluminium composite ‘envelope’ at the rear.

Visually, the space normally reserved for the grille is closed off and incorporates a digitised, 3D-effect DS badge. Flanked by data-collecting cameras, extreme-looking DRLs that are of “unprecedented thinness” comprise 800 LEDs.

21-inch aerodynamic wheels, black contrast surface detailing and a body colour that changes in the light depending on the angle it is viewed from are some of the other key exterior highlights.

The E-Tense Performance is powered by a high-density battery found in the rear

Inside, DS says the cockpit has been penned to gather data, while bucket seats and a Formula E steering wheel “create an ambiance devoted to high performance”. A one-off sound system created by FOCAL called ‘Utopia’ combines with one-off speakers to give “a unique signature sound”.

The French company – which is now part of the Stellantis Group – says the design study will allow it to explore and test “different innovations to build into the brand’s next designs” – a message echoed by DS’s Performance Director.

“Our objective is to apply the experience acquired in Formula E and the expertise that we’ve taken from our international titles to a project which predicts the high-performance electric car of tomorrow,” said Thomas Chevaucher.

“It is a laboratory that we will use to analyse the behaviour of components and to develop them with a view to future manufacturing.

“The idea is also to find solutions to lower costs, make them easier to manufacture and explore implementations in production models. The next generations of the E-Tense range will benefit from these developments,” he added.

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