Audi unveiled its latest DTM vehicle just a night before the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. While the company has the V8 quattro from 1990 to 1992 and the A4 from 2004 to 2011, for the very first time it went with a two-door coupe for this rather famous international touring car series. During the show, visitors will get the chance to get a first glimpse as it will be exhibited from the 13th of September and up to the 25th at Audi Hall.
Over the last seven DTM races, the company has won four of them and now the A5 DTM has a look that is tougher and lower when compared to the already successful previous model. Below its body is a chassis which utilizes a hybrid construction and is composed of carbon. By having a steel cage combined with a carbon fiber moncoque, it manages to set new benchmarks when it comes to a race touring car’s safety.
Further, the chassis is merely one of at least 50 components that are the same for all vehicles participating in the DTM. While it was still being developed, Audi Sport gave the A5 DTM the internal project title of "R17".
This new version is able to meet the new Technical Regulations that are expected to be implemented by the 2012 season. In developing the A5 DTM, the company set three goals: having an impressive design for the exterior, ensuring the safety of this vehicle, and lowering the costs by as much as 40%. In terms of dimensions, the A5 DTM has a length of 5.01 meters, width at 1.95 meters, and height of 1.15 meters.
Since the wheelbase of vehicles at the DTM is all similar, the A5 DTM is also at 2,750 millimeters. Much like the previous model, this one is powered by a V8 engine with output at 340 kW (460 HP) and paired to a six-speed transmission which is now operated pneumatically through paddle shifters placed in the steering wheel. This is a new feature under the A5 DTM. Because of this, shifting is more precise especially when compared with the standard manual gearshifts.
Mileage therefore is quadrupled and can reach to as high as 24,000 kilometers. The safety fuel tank has a 120-liter capacity and has been incorporated with the A5 DTM’s carbon fiber cell. With this, the A5 DTM can cover the DTM race’s total distance without the need to refuel. For races that are longer, the company is developing a quick refuelling system. Going to the engine, the electronics is a Bosch MS 5.1 and can run without any fuses.
Much like the Audi R8 LMS, the central display is just as advanced. Fitted to the A5 DTM are the wide and large tires like that of LMP2 sports cars and supplied by Hankook, its exclusive tire partner. Development of the A5 DTM was led by none other than Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport. According to Dr. Ullrich, because of the shared components, it made it possible for the company to reduce costs by as much as 40% without sacrificing its appeal and safety.