It was in September when we first heard the rumors about the possibility of the German DTM and Japanese SUPER GT sharing a common technical specs for their cars for 2010 and ahead, now they seem to be confirmed.
At that time they brought a DTM car to do some tests together with the SUPER GT concluding the Japanese cars were around 7 seconds faster than the German ones.
Now the first details of this new common rules are revealed thanks to the Japanese press. Chassis monocoque, with standard diffuser and aerodynamic design and a new V8 engine.
With this changes they also expect to reduce the needed budget to 50% of actual one.
Source | racingpasión
Information has surfaced in Germany that ex Formula One driver David Coulthard is going to test a Mercedes C-Class for an eventual Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters entry. The German site Motorsport Total asked Mercedes about it and they neither confirmed or denied the information about Coulthard.
This Thursday and Friday, David Coulthard drove the AMG Mercedes C-Class. At Monteblanco, Southern Spain, the Scot executed a non-binding test. The racetrack that was opened in 2007 can be used in 18 different layouts - from 1.137 to 5.776 kilometres.
Coulthard has been a Formula 1 driver from 1994 up to and including 2008. He secured a total of 12 pole positions, celebrated 13 GP wins and set 18 fastest race laps. From 1996 to 2004, the 38-year old raced for McLaren Mercedes and in 2008, he contested his final GP at the wheel of a Red Bull RB4.
With his DTM test, Coulthard follows the footsteps of his former Formula 1 team-mate Mika Häkkinen (2001) as well as the likes of Kimi Räikkönen (2004), Moto GP superstar Valentino Rossi (2006) and Ralf Schumacher (2007) who also executed their tests with an AMG Mercedes C-Class. As Häkkinen (2004 to 2007) Schumacher (2008 and 2009) were the only of the aforementioned drivers who succeeded in securing a DTM deal, Coulthard’s test shouldn’t be regarded as hint to a potential involvement of the Scot in the 2010 DTM season.
BMW today officially announced to return to German touring car championship in 2012. In 1995, the Bavarian manufacturer was active in the DTM for the last time.
The rumour of BMW making a comeback was the talk of the town for months, but they waited with the official entry as a number of requirements on the regulations had not been granted yet.
BMW motorsport boss, Mario Theissen, already made clear last month that BMW had already started with the draft design of the car for 2012. Friday, he added: "We all really looking forward to this project. Everyone is very motivated."
BMW is the third brand in the DTM. Mercedes and Audi are the only manufacturers participating in the championship so far. Opel, which also would consider a comeback was in 1996 the last non-Audi/Mercedes-champion with Manuel Reuter.