Audi A5 to make its debut at the DTM finale at Hockenheim

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 21, 2011

One month following its introduction at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, the Audi A5 DTM will have its public appearance for the first time on a DTM weekend. Audi factory driver Tom Kristensen will show the new 460hp race vehicle for the 2012 season to the enthusiasts at Hockenheim. The former DTM racer and eight-time Le Mans champion will be driving a show lap in the brand new coupe before and after the DTM race on Sunday.

On another note, Martin Tomczyk will be guest of honor at the huge championship party of Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel in his hometown of Heppenheim.

Vettel and Tomczyk have a common sponsor, Red Bull, which has prepared a surprise present to the new DTM Champion. Meanwhile, soccer and motorsport will be visually united at the DTM finale.

An Audi R8 LMS showing off the colors of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is going to be utilized as a race cab at Hockenheim. The club is bringing Coach Holger Stanislawski, goalkeeper TomStarke and national player Andreas Beck to the race track.

The soccer players will have the chance to meet the "Ring" from the cockpit viewpoint in the Audi R8 LMS as passengers. Notable guests at the DTM finale include hip hopper and Fanta4 member Smudo along with partner Nintendo.

They will be viewing the Hockenheim race as Audi’s visitors. Also arriving at the event are actors Till Demtroder and Manfred Krug who will be supporting Audi.

TV host Andrea Kaiser and her husband, Lars Ricken, who used to be a professional soccer player and is a Champions League winner, as well as the renowned gymnast Magdalena Brzeska will be guests at the Hockenheim circuit.

In terms of dimensions, the new Audi A5 DTM measures 5.01 meters in length, 1.95 meters in width and 1.15 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2,750 millimeters, the same as any DTM vehicle. Power is provided for by the same V8 engine found in its predecessor, producing up to 340 kW (460 HP) of output. It is mated to a six-speed transmission that is pneumatically operated through paddle shifters in the steering wheel.

Amazingly, the transmission now features a more precise shifting than conventional manual gearshifts and even enables mileage to be quadrupled to up to 24,000 kilometers. Its 120-liter safety fuel tank has been integrated with the carbon fiber cell and is large enough to allow the Audi A5 DTM to cover the current distance of a DTM race to without stopping to refuel.

A quick refueling system for longer races is currently in the works. The new Audi A5 DTM features a central display found in the Audi R8 LMS as well as Bosch MS 5.1 engine electronics that work without fuses. In addition, the Audi A5 DTM is available with larger and wider tires – similar to those used by LMP2 sports cars – from exclusive tire partner Hankook.

Meanwhile, the engine sub-frame on the front of the Audi A5 DTM and its transmission on the rear are similar to all DTM cars. However, these components restrict the freedom of engineers with regards to the suspension, as they have to be mounted to the sub-frame and the transmission.

On the other hand, the A-arms and the tube dimensions of the Audi A5 DTM are made from steel. DTM regulations, however, specify the material and the production process for the hub carrier. It’s required that it has to be made with a milled aluminum part and should follow the prescribed minimum weight. Likewise, DTM regulations specify the wheel hubs and the rims for all entrants.

Topics: audi, audi a5, coupe, dtm, race car

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