2017 Audi RS5 DTM racer is a smorgasbord of carbon-fiber wings

2017 Audi RS5 DTM racer is a smorgasbord of carbon-fiber wings

2017 Audi RS5 DTM racer is a smorgasbord of carbon-fiber wings

0 comments 📅08 March 2017, 01:30

Along with the make known of the new RS5 coupe, Audi took the wraps off its corresponding DTM racer here at the Geneva Motor Lay bare. This concurrent debut strategy is completely by design. “For the first time, we developed a new DTM car in coequal with the production model. This underlines once again how closely motorsport and preparation work together at Audi,” said head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.

As much as Audi would like you to allow its DTM racer shares a lot in common with its production RS5 … well, it doesn’t. Gone is the new biturbo V6, and in its niche is a 4.0-liter V8. It’s not a Quattro – all DTM racers are rear-wheel drive – and the chassis is a carbon-fiber monocoque. And, of line, there is an extremely complex set of wings, vanes, and splitters that you’d never see on a construction car.

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Interestingly, the 2017 DTM regulations actually slenderize the total amount of downforce allowed. That ought to mean slower cars, but Audi promises the vis- is true, due to sticky new tires and a 4.0-liter V8 engine tuned to deliver “more than 500 horsepower.” That’s more than at year, thanks to changes made to the air intake and cooling systems.

Audi won the Constructor caption in DTM last year with the old RS5 racer, so the pressure is on to follow that feat again in 2017. We’ll detect out soon enough how good the new car is – the 2017 DTM season starts on May 6 in Hockenheim.

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