DTM (Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters) or the German Touring Series is fast forwarding to the future with a conceptualization of touring cars powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cell technology.
As the world embraces plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, every major motorsports series and teams are switching to variations of hybrids for sustainability and relevancy. EV race cars are only a matter of time. Therefore, the DTM organizers turned its focus towards creating a visionary new electric-drive series, which could run alongside DTM, providing manufacturers with an unprecedented opportunity to design and develop its own high-performance electric vehicles of the future.
In 2019, the DTM introduced efficient, high-performance four-cylinder turbo engines capable of 600bhp. This season’s regulations also saw the use of environment-friendly fuel. By 2022, the DTM is looking at including cars with hybrid technology.
An EV Touring cars series?
The new concept series sees the supply of energy from two different sources: regular battery or fuel cell technology. For pit stops, the use of robotics to replace tyres and battery pack under the car would be used. Over the course of a 40-minute race, each car would require a mandatory stop for fresh power. These futuristic race cars would be capable of power outputs exceeding 1000bhp for brief periods of time, and of achieving top speeds in excess of 300km/h.
Currently, there are three manufacturers in the DTM with the departure of Mercedes-Benz prior to the start of the 2019 season. Audi won the titles outright, finishing tops from BMW and Aston Martin.
The spectacular DTM
For 35 years, the
DTM has thrilled millions of fans across the world, and has become Europe’s
premium Touring Car series, developing the touring car template to its most
extreme. Today’s cars are far from production-spec, constructed from carbon-fiber,
equipped with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and fitted with powerful 600bhp
Attract more manufacturers
By implementing a new EV/hydrogen fuel cell series, the organizers hope to attract more manufacturers into the fold. The series allows them to enter cars that resemble their road-going models, an option that current all-electric race series doesn’t currently permit. This could be an excellent test bed for car makers.
In order to set this through, the organizers see three primary factors as key pillars: Technical feasibility, Financial viability, and fan, manufacturer and sponsor interest.