Audi A5 DTM racer

Audi A5 DTM
14 Sep, 2011 4:39pm Mark Griffiths

Audi pulls the covers off new A5-based race car

Audi has unveiled its storming new Audi A5-based racer at Frankfurt, due to compete in the DTM series next year.

Internally referred to as "R17", the upgraded car replaces the current A4 racer that has won four of the last seven DTM titles.

Under the bonnet the A5 continues to use the current A4’s 454bhp V8 power plant, mated to Audi’s proven six-speed gearbox. The DTM machine also features a carbon fibre monocoque with a steel tube cage, a regulation for all DTM contenders.

Audi set out with three key aims for the A5-based racer: safety, reduction of the costs by up to 40 per cent and a spectacular exterior design. Outside the A5 certainly stands out. Like the recently revealed BMW DTM racer, the A5 features a large rear wing for added downforce, alongside a large front splitter and flared wheel arches.

The homologation of the A5 DTM is scheduled for March next year, with engineers at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm fine-tuning the racer in the mean time.
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