In July of this yr, Mercedes-Benz mentioned it’s going to shift its racing priorities from the DTM to Formula E in a reasonably surprising transfer. This not solely confirmed the rising significance of the Formulation E competitors but additionally delivered to the forefront one thing we at all times knew however by no means actually acknowledged: the DTM actually is a three-pony race. That hasn’t at all times been the case however in recent times, solely BMW, Audi and Mercedes have been going at it within the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. With the latter leaving, this may develop into a two-horse race that received’t actually be as entertaining.
To handle the difficulty at hand, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt issued the next assertion:
“After the announcement that Mercedes-Benz goes to depart the DTM on the finish of 2018, we promised the followers that we might battle for the way forward for the DTM. We’re working laborious to just do that. We’re concerned in intensive discussions with ITR chairman Gerhard Berger and with producers to develop a viable idea for the longer term, retain the DTM as a pretty and modern platform and proceed to supply followers with thrilling motorsport in a top-level aggressive atmosphere.
We assist the introduction of the so-called Class One laws and are ready to equip DTM vehicles with extraordinarily extremely environment friendly and extra highly effective four-cylinder turbo engines and lowered aerodynamics. This is able to open the door for standardised, international laws and permit the DTM to drive on the identical technical basis because the vehicles within the Japanese Tremendous GT Championship, for instance.
This idea would safe the way forward for the DTM, open it up internationally, and make the entire platform extra engaging. We might welcome it if different producers adopted and would additionally decide to the DTM.”