DS TECHEETAH AND ATLANTIS SANYA MAKES A BIG SPLASH AT THE INAGURAL FORMULA E RACE IN SANYA
(March 22nd, 2019 - Sanya, China) The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electricinternational single-seater street racing series. Consisting of 10 teams and 20 drivers, Formula E delivers world-class racing to 10 cities over five continents,throughout the seven-month Championship season. Bringing racing rivalries to city streets, set against some of themost iconic skylines in the world – such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome – Formula E is racing, reinvented. Since making its global debut in the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing in 2014, Formula E has become adestination for the world’s best drivers, teams and manufacturers. Now in its 5th season, the Championship boastsone of the best driver line-ups in motorsport, with an exciting calendar of host cities and increasingly innovativetechnology on the track. But it’s more than just a racing series. Formula E serves as a competitive platform for global car manufacturers andmobility providers to test and develop road-relevant technologies. With 11 inspiring partners and 10 global carmanufacturers involved, the series acts as a catalyst, helping to refine the design of electric vehicles and improve thedriving experience for everyday road car users all over the world. DS TECHEETAH Formula E team is the combination of two of the most prominent teams in the ABB FIA Formula Echampionship, combining performance and avant-garde. Ahead of Season Five of the all-electric street racing series, the winners of the 2017/2018 Drivers’ Title, TECHEETAHFormula E, partnered with DS Performance, one of the most successful manufactures in the series, to become DSTECHEETAH Formula E. DS TECHEETAH is owned by SECA, a leading Chinese sports marketing and management company specialising insports talent representation, event management and content/IP development. SECA’s headquarters are in Shanghai.The company’s investors include China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and member of the NBA Hall of Fame, YaoMing.
DS Automobiles is a French brand born in Paris; DS was founded on 1 June 2014. Its ambition is to embody theFrench know-how of luxury in its cars. Driven by its outstanding heritage and avant-garde spirit, DS perpetuates thevalues of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955. Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS Collection comprises DS3, DS 3 CABRIO, DS 4, DS 4 CROSSBACK, DS 4S, DS 5, DS 5LS, DS 6 and completed with DS 7 CROSSBACK. Themodels in the DS range stand apart through their avant-garde design, refinement and attention to detail, advancedtechnology and dynamic serenity. At 21 years old, Jean-Éric became the youngest ever French driver to compete in Formula One when he joinedScuderia Toro Rosso in 2012. Following this, JEV also became the youngest French driver in history to earn FormulaOne points when he finished 8th in his second ever F1 Grand Prix. Following three years with Toro Rosso, where he left with more points than any other team driver, Jean-Éric waschosen by Scuderia Ferrari as their development driver. Upon joining Formula E, at the third ever race of the series, JEV immediately showed that he was there to stay,putting it on pole on his first ever time in the car. He went on to achieve three pole positions and three podiums inhis first season, and another two podiums in his second season. JEV’s third season in Formula E saw him clinchanother five podiums and his first win in the all-electric street racing series at the season finale in Montréal. Season Four was the season that would etch JEV’s name into the history books forever. With six podiums, four polepositions and 198 points, he won the Drivers’ Championship. JEV won the championship with more points to hisnearest rival than any other champion before him. He secured points in all 12 race starts and had no DNFs, securingwhat can only be described as a record-breaking season with the championship’s only customer team in SeasonFour, DS TECHEETAH. Best known for his success in endurance racing with the Audi Sport and Porsche works teams, André Lotterer joinsDS TECHEETAH Formula E with a wealth of racing experience. He has competed in the Japanese Super Formula series for over a decade, winning the title in 2011 as he was workingas a test driver for Jaguar Racing’s F1 team in the same year.
From 2012 to 2016, André competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He drove for the Audi Sport Teamwith the Audi R18 and in 2017 with Porsche Motorsport’s in the highly accoladed LMP1 class. During his time with Audi, Lotterer recorded three victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the drivers’ title of theFIA World Endurance Championship. André finished his rookie season in Formula E with two podiums, one Fastest Lap award and 65 points to finish in8th place. For the inaugural E-Prix in Sanya, DS TECHEETAH has teamed up with Atlantis Sanya to offer a premium partnershipoffering it’s guests an incredible hotel and luxury event experience. Built around the myth of the lost continent of Atlantis, along the Haitang Bay National Coast, Atlantis Sanya is thefirst Atlantis resort in China, joining the flagship, Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, and The Royal Atlantis Resort &Residences in Dubai and Atlantis, Ko Olina in Hawaii, both in development. Overlooking the stunning South China Sea, Atlantis is a resort that celebrates the majesty and mystery of the oceanand will inspire a sense of awe-inspiring discovery, offering unparalleled excitement and larger than life experiences,revolutionary water play in Aquaventure Waterpark and incredible dining experiences. Already a leading holidaydestination, Sanya will be transformed into the new centre for entertainment in China with the addition of this newtrailblazing landmark where guests from around the world will also discover superb accommodation, an indulgentAHAVA Spa, luxury boutiques, magnificent event spaces and endless stretches of beach as Atlantis showcases adazzling, imaginative world of fun and entertainment for all ages. “We are very pleased to welcome Atlantis Sanya as our partner for our home race, the Sanya E-Prix. As the onlyChinese registered team in Formula E, we take great pride in this E-Prix and who better than to help us put on afantastic show for our guests than the iconic Atlantis. The Atlantis brand will adorn the DS E-TENSE FE19 and we willhost our guests in their incredible facilities, just next to the track. Our commercial deals continue to showcase theimpact DS TECHEETAH has for its partners as we continue to attract new partners frequently,” said Keith Smout, DSTECHEETAH Chief Commercial Officer.
“This season of E-Prix is a fusion of the top tier of motorsport and South China culture and hospitality. During thechampionship, visitors around the world will get to experience the wonders of Atlantis and see the leading teams,cars and the cutting-edge technologies that make this the pinnacle of motorsport. We look forward to collaboratingwith DS TECHEETAH to showcase some of the unique sights that make Sanya a one-of-a-kind destination andfantastic host city,” said Heiko Schreiner, Managing Director of Atlantis Sanya. Kerzner International CEO Michael Wale said: “Our work with the ABB FIA Formula E 2018/2019 Championship hasfinally come to fruition. The E-Prix represents Formula E’s firm commitment to Asia where races have already beenwell established in China, Singapore and Japan. And we are thrilled to be here in Sanya, one of the most excitingdestination in Asia with such a rich culture and an incredible future. With the mission of Atlantis to 'enrich the livesof people all over the world', we are looking forward to creating amazing experiences and everlasting memories forE-Prix fans in Hainan and around the world.”
Owned by FOSUN Tourism and managed by Kerzner International, Atlantis Sanya is China’s premiere underwater world inspired integrated entertainment resort located in Haitang Bay, Sanya of Hainan province. This RMB11 billion ocean-themed development occupies a space of 540,000 square meters and has 1,314 guestrooms and suites. It features a variety of marine and entertainment attractions, including the 200,000-square meter Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium that uses more than 17.5 million liters of sea water. It also has an 1,800-seater theatre at Dolphin Cay, state-of-the-art marine protection and conservation facilities and a Sea Lion Point. The resort also offers a wide range of dining options with 21 restaurants, lounges, bars and cafes. From 2016, Atlantis Sanya has won a number of awards, including China’s Leading New Resort and Asia’s Leading New Resort awarded by the World Travel Awards™ - hailed as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry”, the Leading Edge Award conferred by the World Waterpark Association and The Best Landmark Resort Brand awarded by City Traveler. China Tourism Bureau had also selected the resort as an outstanding and preferred travel project. Just recently, the resort was awarded Most Popular MICE Destination through online voting by Huixiaoer.com. Atlantis Sanya also received four prestigious Golden Horse Awards including Asia’s Best Entertainment Destination Resort, Asia’s Best MICE Destination Resort, Asia’s Best Restaurant - Ossiano Underwater Restaurant and Bar, and China’s Best Employer. For further information about Atlantis please visit www.atlantissanya.com.