It's been a work in progress since last May, and will make its race
debut at Hockenheim on May 4 when returning champions Mike
Rockenfeller, Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom will use it in their
campaign to add another title to their names.
WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW AUDI RS 5 DTM IN GENEVA
- 2014 generation of the Championship winning car clearly more
- New season is under the motto of 'title defence'
- Audi CTO Hackenberg: "Motorsport accelerates development"
Ingolstadt, March 4, 2014 Audi has unveiled the new generation of
the DTM Championship winning car at the Geneva Motor Show. The
2014-specification Audi RS 5 DTM with its aerodynamics package having
been redesigned in practically all areas looks clearly more aggressive
and features visual details bearing an even closer resemblance to the
sporty production models of the RS line than its predecessor.
The task that confronted Audi Sport after the 2013 season was a real
challenge: how do you make a DTM championship winning car even better?
Since the strict regulations in the touring car series allow little
room for manoeuvre, the engineers concentrated extensively on detail
work. The latest result was unveiled to the public for the first time
at the Geneva Motor Show. Noticeable at first glance: the new Audi RS
5 DTM appears significantly more aggressive. The reason for this is
the near complete re-development of the aerodynamics.
"In addition to the suspension, our main priority was to improve
the aero," says Stefan Aicher, Head of Vehicle Design at Audi
Sport. The RS 5 now has the honeycomb grill from the production car at
the front and new air ducts feeding the engine and brakes. As a
result, the race car now shares an almost identical look to the
sporting RS production models.
The innovations along the flanks are also obvious: in order to make
the airflow even more efficient along the outer skin, the exterior
mirrors were integrated into the aerodynamic concept. The aerodynamics
along the side between the front and rear wheels also reveals a new
concept. The inner rear wheel arches are, in contrast to last year,
closed and the rear part is now flat. Aicher: "The DTM rules are
strict, which is why minute detail work is required within the tight
Invisible from the outside, but crucial for the perfect set-up at each
respective race track: the work invested under the carbon fibre skin
enveloping the RS 5 DTM. "For example, we made suspension
modifications to the front and rear axles, from which we expect
improvements," says Aicher, without wishing to go into too much
detail about these and other new and further developments invisible
from the outside.
"In production development, we tackle the challenge of making
good cars even better day by day," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich
Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical
Development of AUDI AG. "This applies to Audi Sport as a part of
Audi's Technical Development as well. The most recent results achieved
by hard work are an all-new R18 e-tron quattro that we're aiming to
stand our ground with at Le Mans and in the WEC against Porsche and
Toyota, plus a largely new RS 5 DTM with which we're aiming to keep
our number-one spot in the tough competition with BMW and
Mercedes-Benz. Of course, neither of these commitments is an end in
itself: Motorsport at Audi accelerates the development of new
Audi contests two races against time year after year: one on the race
tracks and the other in the Audi Sport offices in Ingolstadt and
Neckarsulm. Because when the DTM celebrates its season opener at
Hockenheim in the spring, the engineers start working on the race car
for the following year. The 'RC3,' as the 2014 version of the Audi RS
5 DTM is known internally, was thus born in May last year. "We
begin with the first fundamental thoughts from every department before
the aerodynamics are developed in a continuous process," says
Stefan Aicher, Head of Vehicle Design at Audi Sport. "The goal is
to have the base for the new car finished before the year is out. The
detail work follows."
There are still two official tests in Budapest and at the
Hockenheimring on the agenda before Mike Rockenfeller, with start
number '1', and his team-mates start the new season at Hockenheim on
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