The 2015 DTM season reaches its climax in late September. However even before the final race weekend of the year, the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team are providing an insight into what lies ahead for the race series, revealing the first designs of the car that they will enter for the 2016 campaign. Since 2000 Mercedes has won six Driver’s Championships in DTM and nine Constructor’s Championships, but it hasn’t taken home a trophy since 2010.
The 2016 DTM car to be deployed by the Mercedes-AMG DTM team follows on from successful predecessors that include the most successful car in DTM history – the AMG Mercedes C-Class with which Mercedes-AMG drivers secured 85 victories in 159 races.
“I’m already looking forward to seeing the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM compete in 2016. Our aim with this vehicle is, of course, to continue the Mercedes-Benz success story in the DTM,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM Ulrich Fritz.
The DTM series regulations prohibit turbocharging and dictate a 4.0-liter, naturally-aspirated V8 with 90-degree vee angle and a maximum output of 500 hp. Over 500kg has been stripped out of the road car to bring the racer down to the 1,120kg minimum weight limit. As a result power stands at 483bhp and 369lb ft of torque, with a sequential six-speed gearbox and rear-wheel-drive. We also see a mechanical differential, a carbon fiber driveshaft and a distinct absence of ABS and traction control.
In 2017 the regulations will change to mandate 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged motors with about 600 hp in a Class One car. The switch will align DTM with Japan’s Super GT and IMSA, so cars can move between series’ with minimal changes.
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