German Touring Car Championship
The Audi RS 5 DTM which has been developed at Audi Sport under the internal project name “R17” corresponds to the new Technical Regulations of the DTM that came into effect in the 2012 season and that will apply to the Japanese Super GT Championship as of 2014 as well. Those responsible for the project had three prerequisites to meet: the best possible safety of the vehicles, a cost reduction by up to 40 per cent and a spectacular look.
The use of carry-over parts made it possible to achieve a cost reduction of up to 40 per cent while further increasing the safety and attractiveness of the DTM vehicles. The RS 5 DTM is powered by an Audi V8 engine delivering around 340 kW (460 hp). The six-speed gearbox is pneumatically operated by paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Integrated into the safety cell of the Audi RS 5 DTM is a 120-litre safety tank that allows the distance of a DTM race to be completed without a refueling stop.
Specification rear wing: mono-wing with laminated gurney. Inclination adjustable from 0 to 20°. Special diffusors, front and rear. Underfloor with 30 mm high skid block. Two permissible areas for flaps at the vehicle’s front end
Base weight (incl. driver):
Hydraulic dual-circuit braking system, light alloy brake callipers, ventilated carbon fibre brake discs front and rear, brake force distribution continually variable by the driver
Directly connected to the carbon fibre monocoque is a roll cage of high-strength steel; CFRP crash elements on the side, front and rear
Max. 4,000 cc
Rear-wheel drive, 4-plate CFRP clutch, sequential 6-speed sport gearbox, adjustable multi-plate limited-slip differential, constant-velocity tripod slip-joint shafts
V8 aspirated engine, 90 degree cylinder angle, four valves per cylinder, air restricted to 2 x 28 mm by regulations
Bosch MS 5.1
Fuel tank capacity:
Length: 4,650 mm (excluding rear wing) Width: 1,950 mm Height: 1,150 mm (measured from identical reference plane)
Approx. 500 hp
Servo-assisted rack and pinion steering
Independent suspension front and rear, doublewishbone suspension, pushrod system with spring-damper unit, adjustable gas pressure dampers
Approx. 500 Nm
Max. 1,950 mm
Hankook “Ventus”, front: 300/680 – 18, rear: 320/710 – 18, forged aluminium wheels, front: 12 x 18 inches, rear: 13 x 18 inches, two different rubber compounds: standard tires and option tires.
Video uploaded by U Tube user DTMde (another great series, why because they post it!)
DTM Budapest 2014
The third DTM race at the Hungaroring near Budapest. The complete race Re-Live.
From the States to our friends across the Atlantic ocean, the full broadcast of The DTM at Budapest and the narrative is in the German language. You folks put on a great championship series, the German Touring Cars are just incredible.
Coming to America (frickin sweet!) the earliest the new series would begin would be 2015, possibly running as part of United SportsCar Racing event weekends. United SportsCar Racing was announced March 14 as the name of the new series resulting from the merger of GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. IMSA will serve as the sanctioning body for United SportsCar Racing, which also was announced on March 14, 2013.
Video uploaded by U Tube user DTMde
DTM Coming Soon to America
“The new technical regulations and the formed partnerships represent – for the first time in the history of the sport – a global platform for the manufacturers involved,” said Hans Werner Aufrecht, “a platform offering them the opportunity to race – on the same technical basis and with the best global promoters as guarantee for a competitive and attractive platform – in the core markets of North America, Europe and Asia.
If realized, a North American version of DTM would join the current Europe-based DTM and Japan-based Super GT platforms. DTM is administered by ITR e.V., Super GT by GT Association (GTA). ITR e.V. and Super GT agreed last October to a cooperation starting in 2014.
“In addition to the six German and Japanese manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan and Toyota – which are already involved, the new cooperation quite obviously also offers a new and extraordinary field of activity for the American premium manufacturers such as Cadillac, Lincoln or Dodge SRT within the framework of future motorsport programs. Now, we have to inform and thrill them together with our new partner GRAND-AM/IMSA and encourage them to get involved.”
This will just be Epic!