Virgin set for tech deal with Citroen's DS brand

Virgin Racing will announce its partnership with Citroen's DS brand at Battersea Park next Saturday.

Richard Branson will be in attendance at the press conference on Saturday afternoon to reveal details of the union, which will see Citroen supply the electric powertrain through its DS brand.

Motorsport.com understands that the partnership between Virgin Racing and the DS brand is a long-term one and will run up until at least 2019, which will be the 100th anniversary of Citroen.

DS recently became a 'stand-alone' brand within the Citroen group. The UK is DS's third biggest market outside of France and China.

Aspects of the technology have already been tested both on dynos and the track as exclusively revealed by Motorsport.com last month.

The team has yet to confirm its driver line up for season two, although Motorsport.com believes that Sam Bird is likely to be retained.

Motorsport.com has learned that Citroen has from an early stage lobbied Virgin Racing to include a French driver in its squad for next season.

Julian Jakobi, the management representative of Jean-Eric Vergne, is believed to have held talks with Virgin Racing, among other teams, last month.

Additionally, current Citroen WTCC driver Ma Qing Hua has also been discussed as a possible incumbent in the team for certain races in season two.

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