audidtm_tomczyk02On its 84th and last outing, the Audi A4 ended its eight-year career in DTM the best way possible it knows how: capturing both the driver's and team's championship for Martin Tomczyk and the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in Hockenheim Ring, Germany. Since 2004, the A4 has clinched five out of eight championship titles, 44 pole positions, 31 fastest laps, and 34 race victories - a record that the A5 DTM will have to step up to in 2012. 
 
"You can’t really wish for more than this,” commented Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport. "It’s truly been a perfect year for Audi.”
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
 
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Mercedes-Benz's successful DTM challenger has lost a pair of rear doors in its chase for the 2012 title. With 84 race victories and five driver titles under its belt in the DTM's 27-year history, the C-Class AMG will finally hand over the torch to the latest 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé.
 
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg took time off their busy schedules to unveil the three-pointed star's newest DTM dagger at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the freshly-launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé, it too shares its state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque/steel roll cage structure with other manufacturers Audi and BMW to lower costs. The improved safety cell gives the additional protection for the driver through six energy-absorbing crash structures, which should prove handy in case of a collision.
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:37

Audi's A5 DTM is ready to wrestle

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
 
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Two months after the first design sketches were revealed, Audi's 2012 DTM contender is finally ready to step into the limelight at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Audi A5 DTM will be the first ever two-door coupe from the four rings brand to enter into international touring car series. And when it hits the track next year, it should be fit to slug it out with the best from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. 
 
Conforming to new Technical Regulations, the A5 DTM shares as much as 50 components with other cars on the grid to reduce costs by 40 percent. Its front and rear subframes are now identical throughout all DTM manufacturers, but underneath the composite body sits a freshly-designed hybrid carbon fiber monocoque and steel cage chassis to improve safety. Adding to that are more stringent material and production specifications for suspension components, which greatly limits the suspension's design options.
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 08:39

Audi steps up the A5 for DTM 2012

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
 
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For the past eight years, Audi has been wielding the A4 for their assault in DTM with much success, propelling them to four driver's championships in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2009. But in 2012, the distinguished four-door saloon will have to sit it out in the sidelines as the A5 coupe will soon take its place on the starting grid. Internally designated as the “R17,” Audi's latest contender has yet to see the light of day, but design sketches reveal that it’s fit to take the chequered flag in first.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of BMW Group 
 
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In 2010, BMW pulled out all of its factory-backed teams from the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in preparation for their return to DTM afte a 20-year absence. This came as sad news to the world of motorsports because just a year earlier, the Bavarian outfit also abandoned its Formula One campaign. But after months of waiting, BMW is ready to take their position back on the starting grid as they roll-out the M3 DTM Concept Car. Despite the name, this DTM race car is no dud. It simply denotes that their 2012 contender is still in the development stage and this is their sneak-preview to what the real deal will shape up to be when it lines up at the start of the 2012 season.
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