El German Tourism Championship (DTM) showed in society the first unit of the DTM Electric, an independent category that would begin to roll in 2023. This launch was made within the framework of the presentation of its new platform, which also includes the DTM Trophy, DTM Classic and DTM eSports.
The vehicle, which was filmed as an exhibition on the circuit of Hockenheim where the DTM closes its 2020 tournament, was developed in collaboration with the company Schaeffler, who is a partner in this project. It is estimated that by next year the first prototype to begin with its development.
With a power of more than 1.000 CV, the DTM electric car is at the performance level of F1. Its energy comes from a liquid-cooled high-voltage battery and, in addition, it has the technology Space drive (electronic steering that works without a conventional mechanical steering). This demo car incorporates several core elements of the future prototype.
“Together with Schaeffler, our first strategic partner with whom we will cooperate, we want to take the DTM platform towards a successful future. Our goal is not only to showcase the latest technology in the DTM Electric, but also to use innovations central to the racetrack that enable spectacular races. We want to convince fans of classic motorsports about future technologies and fascinate them with compelling races. ", he claimed Gerhard berger, responsible for the DTM.
“Our innovative electronic transmission systems have contributed to the victories in Formula E since 2014 and are also being used in production cars. The partnership with the DTM and the all-electric series for the future is proof that Schaeffler is helping shape electric mobility as a trusted technology partner. ” added Matthias zink, member of the board of Schaeffler Automotive Technolgies.
In principle, the DTM Electric will contest 30 minute races and there is the possibility of automatic battery changes during a mandatory pit stop.