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.”
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.”