Audi RS 5 DTM takes on 2017 season with more power, less downforce and softer tires

Article by Christian A., on March 14, 2017

To the delight of many premium customers wanting to squeeze more performance from their Audi models, the German luxury carmaker recently took the wraps off the new Audi RS 5 Coupe at the 2017 International Geneva Motor Show. Sitting beside the new coupe is the premium brand’s latest Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters challenger – the new Audi RS 5 DTM – and it is ready to rumble for the 2017 season.

Created by Audi Sport, the Audi RS 5 DTM is derived from the Audi RS 5 Coupé that was unveiled simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi Motorsport chief Dieter Gass remarked that this marks the first time that a new DTM car was created in parallel with the production model, thereby highlighting the link between production and motorsport at Audi. He added that in developing the new RS 5 DTM, Audi used the previous-generation model as benchmark considering that it was the most successful DTM car in the past two seasons.

Aside from donning the new RS design language, the third-generation Audi RS 5 DTM has received various tweaks to make it compliant with DTM regulations. Several of these tweaks can be seen from the outside, as the new Audi RS 5 DTM is visually distinct from its predecessors. Aside from featuring a more progressive design, the new Audi RS 5 DTM offers more aerodynamic innovations.

For instance, the single-frame radiator grille of the new Audi RS 5 DTM features a very thin film. Likewise, Audi Sport trimmed the rear wheel arches to create maximum downforce combined and outstanding efficiency. Moreover, the new Audi RS 5 DTM comes with a new tow-flap rear wing that is designed to increase the effectiveness of the Drag Reduction System (DRS).

As DTM regulations required it, the new Audi RS 5 features lower aerodynamic downforce than its predecessor. This was achieved by modifying the race car’s front splitters, rear diffusers and underfloors as well as ride height.

In terms of power, the four-liter V8 engine installed under the hood of the Audi RS 5 DTM is now tuned to develop more than 500 hp of output, something that was achieved by modifying the air intake system and the cooling system. To make the DTM engine able to survive the full 2017 season, Audi Sport also made some adjustments to make it more reliable than before.

For the 2017 season, Audi RS 5 DTM will be running on the asphalt covered with softer tires from tire partner Hankook. These softer tires have been designed to allow the Audi RS 5 DTM to achieve faster laps as well as substantially degrade after a few laps.

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World premiere in Geneva: the new Audi RS 5 DTM

Clear the stage for an exciting new race car: At the same time as the production model, Audi Sport presented the DTM racing version of the Audi RS 5 Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show. The new RS design language premieres in this model that features numerous modifications required by the regulations as well.
“This is a special day for me and everyone involved in the DTM project,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “For the first time, we developed a new DTM car in parallel with the production model. This underlines once again how closely motorsport and production work together at Audi.” The track record of the previous-generation model sets benchmarks for the future. Having clinched ten victories in each of the last two seasons, it was the most successful DTM car in both years. “Obviously, we’d like to repeat this with the new RS 5 DTM,” Gass adds.

Visually, the third-generation Audi RS 5 DTM clearly stands out from its two successful predecessor models. “It appears even more progressive and is even more extreme in terms of aerodynamics,” says Project Leader Stefan Gugger. “In many areas of aerodynamics, we explored further detailed options.” This is evident particularly in the area of the front end and around the rear wheel arches. On the race car, the distinctive single-frame radiator grill of the new Audi RS 5 consists of a very thin film. The restrictive DTM regulations allow the engineers the greatest latitude around the rear wheel arches. Accordingly, they have been trimmed for maximum downforce combined with utmost efficiency.

“In addition, we’ve improved the components in terms of accuracy of fit once again,” says Gugger. “As far as gap dimensions are concerned, Audi has always stood out from the competition. Still, we’ve made another step that enhances aerodynamic performance.” New as well is the rear wing, which now consists of two flaps. To increase the effectiveness of the Drag Reduction System (DRS), the entire wing is no longer lowered but, like in Formula 1, the top flap flattened – which is intended to produce even more overtaking maneuvers in future DTM events.

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