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Lexus & amp; Nissan at the DTM finale: step towards Class One?

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Lexus and Nissan come to the DTM season finale
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D he term has been around for a few years the touring car world. “Class One” - under this roof the ITR, organizer of the DTM, and the GTA, operator of the Japanese Super GT, want to merge their regulations. With the aim of offering better and more diverse racing, at the same time reducing costs, but improving safety and transferring engine technology into the new age.

Super GT ahead of the DTM

The Super GT is already one step ahead of the DTM. In Japan, a two-liter four-cylinder and turbocharger have been used since 2014. The DTM had originally planned the introduction of the smaller but more powerful engine for 2017. The project was postponed to 2019. Mercedes had pushed. That is why the DTM still drives with V8 engines, which conceptually go back to the year 2000.

The cooperation with the Japanese Super GT has existed for five years. In 2019, the two regulations should finally be merged. Standardization would have the advantage that manufacturers and teams could drive in both series without major financial leaps. The fact that two Japanese racing cars are being brought to the DTM season finale shows that the two touring car racing series are still serious. 30 minutes) as well as on race Saturday and race Sunday (15 minutes each) reel off laps at racing speed. The demonstration drive is intended to whet the appetite for the jointly planned future. In return, the DTM plans to send a few cars to the Super GT finale (November 11th /12th) in Motegi /Japan. 'This is not only a special treat for our fans, it is also a strong symbol for the future of the DTM and a signal of how seriously the cooperation with the Japanese GTA organization and the three manufacturers of the series is to be taken,' says DTM -Chef Gerhard Berger.

What role will the Touring Car 2020 play?

Mercedes will leave the DTM at the end of 2018. Audi and BMW have made public statements about the class one idea. The proposed regulations should also be a door opener for factory-supported private teams. They should be able to cover their expenses through sponsorship income. Standard components are intended to reduce costs. As well as simplified aerodynamics, which should also bring better races. Not just DTM bossGerhard Berger wants cars that push the driver to the limit. The Austrian likes to talk about the “ride on the cannonball.” Safety is also on the agenda. More stringent requirements for front, side and rear crash tests should make the cars more accident-proof and protect the driver even better.

The DTM is still thinking about a hybrid drive. After all, the new cars are designed to use a battery and an electric motor. In case you want to follow suit later. The hybrid issue could become an important one in a completely different way. The world motorsport association FIA has plans to change the not particularly successful World Touring Car Championship and to host a new series in 2020. The project runs under the guise of 'Touring Car 2020'. The technical regulations are based on those of the DTM 2019: with a two-liter, four-cylinder turbo, rear-wheel drive and standard components such as transmission and wheel suspensions. However, a hybrid powertrain should be in cars from the start. The output of the electric machines should be 250 kW.

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