The 1,360 HP DS X E-Tense Is The Futuristic Hypercar The Movies Promised We’d Be Driving Today
Movies, pretty much from the moment the automobile became a staple of every household, have depicted cars of the future as being slick, streamlined, powerful, and possibly even having the ability to fly.
Well, we’re still waiting on those flying cars, but while we do, the 1,360 HP DS X E-Tense hypercar is the automobile of the future we were all promised.
Designed to serve as a vision of what a dream car might resemble in the year 2035, the DS X E-Tense will put out 400kW (540 horsepower) for “road use.” However, in in “circuit” mode that figure rises to 1,000kW (1,360 horsepower) which “allows the driver to savor the exquisite performance of the suspension engineered by DS Performance, the technical team behind DS’s Formula E program.”
The cockpit is accessed by an Elytre (gullwing) door that is trimmed with a carbon fiber/leather weave. The seat adapts to the driver’s build like the fitted seats seen in motor racing, while its reclined position helps to keep the car’s center of gravity low. But enough about that. Check out this description from DS Automobiles.
The see-through electro-chromatic glass floor provides a view of the road as it flashes beneath the car, while the cocoon’s lavish blend of leather, wood and metal draws the eye and settles the mind. The association of navy blue and rich red hues softens the light that enters the car, while the fluidity of the lines is accentuated by the absence of screens, with the role of the familiar tablet display played by the car’s glazed surfaces.
The passenger benefits from a reassuring, protective environment, including filtered, scented air that plays a part in the impression of exquisite refinement as the occupant is swept away by the driver in the cockpit, or alternatively by the car in autonomous mode. An additional seat even makes it possible to travel three-up.
In addition to being connected to the outside world, a personal assistant – IRIS, which takes the form of a hologram – tends to the vehicle’s functions.
I want to sell my house and just live in this car. Too bad it will probably never make it into production.
On the plus side, there is actually a chance that DS Automobiles, the premium brand of French car and motorcycle manufacturer Groupe PSA, will eventually produce the 402-horsepower E-Tense concept they showed off at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
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