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Around 600 hp for DTM and Super GT
The DTM and the Japanese Super GT Championship have made another important step forward in their collaboration. The two championships started sharing technical regulations mainly in the areas of chassis and aerodynamics specifications at the beginning of 2014. Starting in 2017, they will also be sharing engine specifications in the new ‘Class One’ regulations. The engines to be used are two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged units delivering around 600 hp, which clearly exceeds the current engine output in the DTM. IMSA, the International Motor Sports Association in the USA, is planning to hold races according to the new international Class One regulations as well.
DTM Drivers’ Hearts Go out to Jules Bianchi
Before the start of the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring, the DTM drivers assembled on the grid in a circle to show that their hearts go out to Formula One driver Jules Bianchi, who had suffered a severe accident. Audi factory driver Adrien Tambay is a close friend of the Frenchman. Like many of his colleagues, he competed at Hockenheim with his helmet inscribed with the message ‘Tous avec Jules #17.’
Driverless Audi RS 7 Thrills at DTM Finale
An Audi nicknamed ‘Bobby’ caused a worldwide sensation with an appearance during the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring. The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept did a brief fast lap on the Hockenheimring shortly before the start of the race – without a driver. With the world’s sportiest piloted driving car Audi showed the potential and fascination exuded by highly automated driving. The brand with the four rings has been a driving force in this field for years.
Bastian Schweinsteiger in the Audi RS 5 DTM
World Soccer Champion Bastian Schweinsteiger was Audi’s most prominent guest during the DTM finale at Hockenheim. The soccer star from FC Bayern München experienced the Hockenheimring alongside Daniel Abt in the Audi RS 5 DTM race taxi. Afterwards he watched the lap of the driverless Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept and the DTM race with keen interest.
Celebrities Galore Attend DTM Finale
The DTM season finale again attracted celebrities galore to the Hockenheimring this year. Spotted at the Audi Lounge in the paddock were actor Wotan Wilke Möhring, the German Champion in the 100-meter sprint Tatjana Pinto, épée fencer Britta Heidemann, Surf World Cup winner Moana Delle and European Sailing Champion Philipp Buhl. World Endurance Champion Loïc Duval, ex Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg and the six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx would not miss the opportunity to watch the last DTM race of the season either.
Q&A: Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich on Audi at Hockenheim
Dr. Ullrich: Can we say that Hockenheim was entirely marked by the four rings?
Absolutely. The four rings really made a grand appearance at Hockenheim – on all three days. On Friday, we presented the Audi Sport TT Cup, a new racing series to be held in 2015 as part of the DTM. On Saturday, we had six cars in the top eight in qualifying and three at the very front. That happens very rarely in the DTM. On Sunday, Audi first showed ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ with the world’s sportiest piloted driving car and subsequently with an impressive performance in the DTM finale. It was a perfect weekend for Audi in every respect – in front of a great crowd.
What does the win of the DTM manufacturers’ title mean for Audi?
That Audi in the 2014 DTM was the best manufacturer and showed a strong performance across the board. The Audi RS 5 DTM was fast from the first race on. It was on the pole position in the season opener and in contention for victory in all ten events. We clinched the largest number of podiums this year. Only victory just didn’t seem to work out for a long time. That was tough for the squad that never gave up, though. At Zandvoort, we finally broke our duck and the one-two-three victory in the finale of course is a great way to end the season.
155,000 experienced the DTM weekend at – an impressive crowd…
If the information I’ve got is correct, then the crowd was larger than the one at the Formula One Grand Prix in summer. This clearly speaks for the DTM, especially since the decision in the drivers’ championship had already been made. I think the spectators were treated to plenty of action – and can already look forward to the 2015 season.
Then the new Audi Sport TT Cup will be held as part of the DTM as well. Who does this new racing series target?
With the Audi Sport TT Cup we’re providing an opportunity to enter motorsport with Audi. We’re looking for talents around the world who will have the chance to prove their skills in a tremendous environment – the DTM. The winner can look forward to securing support in GT racing. And who knows: maybe we’re going to discover some new talents for the DTM or the WEC as well.
So, piloted driving will not be making its way into motorsport at Audi yet?
Eki, Rocky & company have no reason to fear AJ and Bobby yet. But I do believe that anyone who watched the driverless Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept at the Hockenheimring today will have been impressed with what’s already possible in terms of technology today. I think it’s great that Audi is using motorsport and the race track to present the current state of technology to a broad audience. It again shows the close reference between motorsport and production at Audi and aims to generate even more traffic safety on the road.