While we impatiently wait on Aston Martin to start production on some flying cars, the 1,360 HP DS X E-Tense hypercar is the car of the future and it’s actually here right now. Well, at least one of them is.
Looking like a combination of Speed Racer’s Mach 5 and something you’d see created by Hot Wheels, the DS X E-Tense hypercar is how DS Automobiles envisions cars to be in the year 2035.
Which is kind of funny since they literally just took one of them for its first-ever spin, and in the presence of the Patrouille de France, the official squadron of the French Air Force, no less.
In case you missed it when we first brought the DS X E-Tense to your attention, check out this description…
DS X E-Tense’s asymmetric architecture provides distinct ambiences left and right. Climb into the cocoon part of the interior via the gullwing door and the driver, alone or accompanied, becomes a passenger. This asymmetric layout frees up a different type of space underneath the clear glass canopy, with the passenger enclosed in a sensuous capsule, snug in a ventilated, massaging seat that stretches back like a deployed bird’s wing, with a feather star motif crowning the top of the back. Travelling with the autonomous mode engaged is an exceptional experience as other senses than touch come into play, including enjoyment of the hi-fidelity sound bar that forms the ‘dashboard’.
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.
All I want to know is how much and when can I get one? Scratch that, I also want to know the same about DS Automobiles’ other concept cars, the regular E-Tense and the Survolt. Because they look like the kind of cars we were promised as kids by movies and on TV that we’d all be driving in the future as well.