New Audi A5 DTM

Audi had to change most of ts plans for the 2012 DTM season due to the change in regulations, but they managed to finish the car just in time.

The new A5 DTM racecar features a number of critical improvements over the previous model. The single-frame radiator grille and the air intakes on the sides of the front spoiler in combination with the characteristic LED daytime running lights of the production A5 give the A5 DTM an extremely dynamic look. The three-dimensional aerodynamics components in the lower third of the vehicle flanks are small works of technological art. They really are.

The homologation work is done and the engineers are now busy fine tuning the car for its first official outing at Hockenheim ring.


Audi press release:

Exactly 59 days before the racing debut at the Hockenheimring on April 29 the rule now is “rien ne va plus.” As of the electronic transmission of all relevant design drawings, CAD data, descriptions and photographs to Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) for approval (“homologation”) the key technical areas of the new DTM vehicles – including aerodynamics – have been frozen. This means that the concept Audi is using to start the “title defence” project in the 2012 DTM has been finalised.

Like its two competitors, Audi had been testing the final version of the new A5 DTM in top-secret conditions excluding the general public over the past few weeks. “More than ever before, even the minutest detail will count this year in the DTM,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Obviously, you want to keep the things you’ve worked out over the past few months under wraps for as long as possible.”

The new DTM regulations prescribe more shared parts than in the past and impose further restrictions on aerodynamics as well. The Audi engineers are convinced nonetheless that they have come up with interesting and innovative detailed solutions again in this area in which Audi has consistently been a trendsetter over the past few years. And these solutions were covered by so-called “bubble wrap” (camouflage) of the type their colleagues in production pre-development use to disguise their secret prototypes.

Audi factory driver Filipe Albuquerque was the first to have the chance of getting an idea of the overall package. At the end of February, the Portuguese had the honour of completing the first test kilometres at the wheel of the A5 DTM with chassis number 003 that both in terms of weight and aerodynamics reflected the (near-) final version. “I expected quite a bit of it,” said the winner of the 2010 Race of Champions at which he defeated Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel among others. “But I wouldn’t have thought that the step would be so big. Particularly in fast turns the new A5 DTM handles like a formula car. Truly fascinating! I think I’d have to readjust quite a bit if I switched back to the old A4 DTM …”

The homologation on March 1 also gave the starting signal to the three Audi factory teams that are now beginning to prepare the race cars at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt. Four of the new A5 DTM vehicles can be seen at the official track tests in Valencia (Spain) from March 20 to 22 – then sporting the design of the various sponsoring partners as well.

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