|With the DTM (German Touring Championship) just two months away , the organizers have provided a glimpse of an even more exciting DTM Season in 2018.|
The DTM regulations for 2018 were enhanced according to the credo ‘better racing due to lower downforce’. The reduction of aero components mounted on the outer skins and the dropping of mechanical below the body move the driving skills of the drivers even more to the fore.
DTM pre-season test at Vallelunga
For Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG, the serious phase of the preparations for the season begins with the tests at Vallelunga, Italy (1 – 3 March). Champion René Rast and Jamie Green use the tests at the circuit located 30 km north of Italy’s capital Rome to familiarize themselves with the 2018 version of the Audi RS 5 DTM while Marco Wittmann tests the new version of the BMW M4 DTM, with DTM rookie Philipp Eng being on site as BMW reserve driver. The Mercedes-AMG camp is represented at the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi by DTM returnee Pascal Wehrlein, Gary Paffett and Lucas Auer.
2018 DTM technical-regulations
The technical regulations mainly were enhanced regarding the aero packages of the vehicles. At the front, the cars will be equipped on every side with a so-called aero flick. This component is clearly smaller than its predecessor used in 2017. Consequently, the front spoiler was adapted by the engineers. In addition, the side duct was simplified and the end plate in the area below the doors was removed. Furthermore, the add-on parts were reduced. The basic geometry of the rear, however, was maintained. Due to these measures, the downforce of the vehicles was reduced by about a third. Furthermore, the lower drag could result, depending on the circuit – in higher top speeds.
Under the body, only linear coil springs are used. The Vallelunga tests will demonstrate if this change combined with the aerodynamic adaptations will make the cars aerodynamically less stable in the corners, compared to last year.
2018 DTM sporting-regulations
Here are the sporting regulations for the new season:
- Reduction of the minimum total weight (driver with his gear and the vehicle) from 1115kg to 1031kg
- Increase Engine contingent
- Mechanic pitstop crew increase one person
- One of the eight pit-crew mechanics had the task to take delivery of the wheels at the dividing line between working lane and fast lane but now, the teams may allocate this task to two mechanics
- Races increase from 9 to 10 race meetings
- Increase pit boards and remaining minimum quantity of fuel. In the future, the pit board only may be used for the request to pit or in the case of a potential emergency situation.
- No car is allowed to step out of formation before having crossed the finish line
- After each qualifying session and race the cars have to have a minimum quantity of one kilogram fuel in their tanks.
DTM final pre-season test
During the final pre-season tests at Hockenheim, from 9 – 12 April, all the 18 drivers will get behind the wheel. And three weeks later, on 5 – 6 May, the season also will be kicked off at the same circuit.