Specifications of the new DTM car
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters-organiser ITR has put forward a proposal on specifications for their new car, set to be introduced in 2011 or 2012. ITR is looking to merge the new DTM rules with the GT500 class of the Japanese Super GT-series.
Japanese magazine Autosport reported the following specifications suggested for the new DTM/GT500 car:
- Common carbon monocoque with roll cage
- Wheelbase of 2850 mm
- Common front and rear overhang
- Common front spoiler and rear diffuser
- V8 engine of yet to be announced size
- Limited number of engines during season
- Introduction of "design line" where on one side all cars are common
- 51% cost reduction compared to current DTM regulations
A DTM car is reported to have been brought over to Japan for a comparison with a GT500 car. Spanish site Sportmotores reported that the difference between the both cars were seven seconds per lap.
The Japanese teams are seemingly positive about the new plans but think that it will not be ready for next year.
"The negotiations are positive if you think about the future. But I do not think the regulations will be put in to force before 2012," said NISMO president Sanda to the Japanese magazine Autosport.
ESPImperium wrote:The new DTM cars are also in line to be adopted by the Ausie V8 guys as well, and there has been talk of a new NASCAR-2 formula to replace the Nationwide Series that also has had talk of coming into the USA.
All this talk has also made the South American TC 2000 championship has also thought about coming into the same common regulations.
This has led to talk over a new common World TDM championship with 2 or 3 car teams ran by as many as 6 or 7 diffrent manufacturers, and a localised DTM chamionship as well. So in effect there would be 2 tiers to DTM;
World DTM Championship - 12-15 races on the F1 off weekend, supporting some F1 events in some places (Brazil, Canada, Japan, China and Austrailia for example)
DTM Euro Series - 8 races
NASCAR-2 America - Supporting NASCAR
DTM Asia - 8 to 10 races
TC 2000 South America - 8 races
V8 Supercars (Austrailia) - 26 to 30 races (They do 2 races a wekend typically)
Personaly i think this would lead to a really strong tin top series. Lets face it, there isnt a strong tin top series out side of America, and would really would enjoy watching a strong series regionally and internationally.
The FIA and ACO are trying to make a strong endurance championship now, and i welcome this, but watching about 8 to 10 endurance races every year could become tedious, Le Mans is fine for me, but i like watching the rest in about a 60 to 90 minuite programme. However a DTM series that had races that lasted 50 to 90 minuites once or twice a weekend (if there was a sprint and feature race format, sprint on the Saturday, Feature on the sunday) is something id think id like to watch.
alelanza wrote:So the 'new' DTM gets V8s? shouldn't they be getting 2 cylinder diesels? i mean if f1 gets inline 4s. And being they actually look like street cars, what are they doing in order to be road relevant and help us all save the planet?
And if they bring the japanese in, will priuses dominate?
747heavy wrote:As far as V8Supercars go, I would say it´s "highly unlikely" considering the current CoF developments, and the fact that they have FIA blessing for an "international series". Something, which DTM does no have (yet).
Now it´s FWD Diesel to be quick..
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