The Citroen DS brand will partner the Virgin Racing team for season two of the FIA Formula E championship, it has been announced.
The announcement was made on Saturday at Battersea Park, with the team to be named DS Virgin Racing, with DS assisting primarily with the powertrain department, although the aim of the partnership will go much deeper into the team’s design and engineering team.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Virgin Racing has found a partner of the calibre of the DS brand,” said the Founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson.
“In Season 1, Formula E has delivered on its vision of creating exciting, fan-friendly racing spectacles where almost any team can win; now I look forward to building on this in Season 2 and with our new partner DS, aiming to compete to win multiple championships.
“I’m thrilled that Virgin Racing is playing a leading role in another of Formula E’s visions, that of attracting the large automotive OEMs into the sport in order that the technology that is developed flows down into the cars that we can all drive.
“I have no doubt the partnership will prove a great success, not only on track but also in providing a catalyst to develop the electric vehicles of the future.”
Virgin are likely to continue racing with Sam Bird for the second season, although Jaime Alguersuari is expected to depart, with rumours that the team are talking to two high-profile French drivers for the second seat.