For the most popular international touring car racing series, Audi will be relying on the A5 coupe, which is internally named "R17," starting in 2012. Audi is set to replace the four-door A4 DTM, which has given Audi four prestigious DTM title since 2004. The A5 that will soon arrive in dealerships has received upgrades to its performance and aesthetics.
This upgraded A5 offers the basis for the new DTM car. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said that in 2012, new Technical Regulations will take effect in the DTM. Ullrich added that the company has the exact model that’s right in the A5 and that he’s positive that the Audi's success story will continue in the DTM.
The German Motorsport Association (DMSB) and the DTM umbrella organization ITR are closely collaborat
ing and have teamed up with the automakers in setting new safety standards. Dr. Ullrich said that its engineers have been working on raising the safety in the DTM “to the highest possible level." He added that what Audi learned at Le Mans this year is that it has an excellent and suitable concept of designing safety structures. He explained that this is precisely what Audi has been attempting to use in the DTM's safety concept, alongside colleagues from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
He described this new principle as an “outstanding example” of the possibilities when the employees of three premium manufacturers work together for a project to develop the “best possible, lowest-cost and safest vehicle.” Similar to all new DTM cars, the new Audi A5 DTM features a high-strength carbon-fiber monocoque that is merged with a steel tube cage.
Aside from the A- and C-pillars, the new regulations recommend a B-pillar in front of the driver's head to be fitted in the future. These sidewalls use a hybrid design with a carbon, Zylon and Rohacell construction that uses pegs to reinforce its structure. If there is a side impact, the walls need to be able to endure a static load that is higher by about four times.