Audi RS 5 DTM: Born to race

Coinciding with the launch of the production model, Audi Sport has presented the racing version of the Audi RS 5 Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show. A new design language is released in this car, which features numerous modifications required by the regulations.

Visually, the third generation Audi RS 5 DTM differs clearly from its predecessors. It looks even more progressive and more extreme in terms of aerodynamics. The result is especially clear at the front and around the rear wheel arches. In the racing car, the distinctive Singleframe grille of the new Audi RS 5 is made of very fine material.

The restrictive DTM regulations have forced the engineers to cut down on the aerodynamic elements present in the rear wheel arches, where they have nevertheless managed to combine the maximum possible load and efficiency.

The aim of the new regulations is to make cars more demanding in their driving, to put a greater emphasis on the qualities of the driver himself. For this reason, among other things, the downforce has been reduced. Decisive is also the new geometry applied to the front aprons, the rear diffuser and the underbody fairing. The height has increased based on the new regulation.

The fact that the new Audi RS 5 DTM is faster than its predecessor despite these modifications is mainly due to two things: in the 2017 season, Hankook will supply soft tires that, while allowing to improve the lap time, will degrade by less time; Furthermore, the 8-liter V4 engine in the RS 5 DTM now delivers more than 368 kW (500 hp).

The engine base used by the DTM car remains unchanged. To increase the power, the engineers have modified the intake and cooling system. Some adjustments have also been made to improve the reliability of the thruster. Keep in mind that an engine must survive a full season.

Another change that concerns the new regulation has to do with the suspension, which must now be identical in all the cars on the grid in order to reduce development costs. The variety in the configuration options, yes, remains unchanged.


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