Although they have their sights set on the regulation called "Class One”, Which will come into effect in 2019 and its main change is the use of 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines with turbo instead of the current naturally aspirated V8s to be able to synergize with the Japanese Super GT, In the German Tourism Championship (DTM) lThe heads of the brands that participate in the division gave their opinion on the possibility of the series going electric.
During the opening of the 2018 tournament, which was held in Hockenheim and in which English was imposed Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas) and the German Timo Glock (BMW Team RMR), representatives of Audi, BMW and Mercedes presented their positions ...
“A touring car championship with premium electric cars may be a possibility in the future, but not in two years. The market cannot be flooded with electric championships. This is something that will not work because you will not find people who want to participate. The forecast is that in 2025 30% of cars will be electric, but that is seven years away and there will still be 70% of cars with a combustion engine on the road. That cannot be forgotten ", analyzed Dieter gas, the head of Audi Sport.
“We know that the future of mobility is a mixed solution and that therefore motorsports must also be varied. Developing a fully electric car is extremely expensive… We have reached the zenith in terms of efficiency and competitiveness, all with a cost reduction policy. In a decade the situation may be different, but right now this is the best we have "added Jens Marquardtby BMW Motorsport.
Ulrich fritz, head of Mercedes-AMG, also expressed his opinion, although his brand will leave the category at the end of this year to focus on the Formula E. "Perhaps the future could be in a hybrid system with an internal combustion engine and an electric one. Clearly we will all be prepared to take on an all-electric future, but I don't think that should be the case. I think the question is to know why the fans are here and one of the answers is the noise of the engines. It is clear that you have to ask yourself if it is worth removing this pedigree from the championship "He said.
Without a doubt, their positions are more than clear. And what do you think?