Initial joint appearances of DTM and Super GT give motorsport fans a foretaste of what the future of the DTM is intended to look like starting in 2019.
Visit from Japan

The Japanese Super GT series is sending two cars to the DTM finale at Hockenheim (13 to 15 October) that will be doing some demo laps at racing speed on Saturday and Sunday.

The Lexus LC500 and the Nissan GT-R already have a similar technology base as the current DTM cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. When the new DTM regulations come into effect in 2019 the racing cars of both series are to be built according to the jointly developed so-called ‘Class One’ regulations. This makes their participation possible in both racing series and in joint races.

Four-cylinder turbos with
620 hp

Modern and highly efficient four-cylinder turbo engines with two litres of displacement are the centrepiece of the new Class One racing cars. In the DTM, starting in 2019, they will replace the present naturally aspirated V8 engines which have been used since the popular racing series’ comeback in 2000 and currently deliver about 500 hp. The Super-GT series is already racing with four-cylinder turbo units emitting a throaty roar and delivering about 620 hp.  

 

“Audi has always supported the step towards the modern four-cylinder turbo engine,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “The development of our new DTM engines is already at an advanced stage, given that it was originally planned to be used as early as in 2017. In Class One we are following the trend in the automotive industry towards increasingly smaller yet more powerful and efficient turbo engines.”

Fascinating sound

The new engine generation is not only more efficient. It also makes for a fascinating sound. The Class One engines and vehicle concept are additionally designed for adaptation of a hybrid system, but without costly and highly complex technical systems or systems which, due to their high battery weight, do not add value and make the racing cars slower.  

Spectacular motorsport

DTM and Super GT are already delivering motorsport on the highest level today. This is intended to be the top priority in future as well. The cars of the next generation are going to look at least as spectacular as the current vehicles. The production counterpart of the racing car, as in the case of the current Audi RS 5 DTM, will continue to clearly be recognised as the model for the silhouette of the body, whereas the number of aerodynamic add-on components which are crash-prone or not visible to the fans will be reduced further. DTM CEO Gerhard Berger: “We want powerful racing cars that challenge the driver.”

Return visit to Japan

The Japanese motorsport fans are going to receive a foretaste of the future joint Class One as well: the DTM will be sending cars to the Super GT finale at Motegi on 11 and 12 November.