a year ago, the management of the famous German touring car racing series Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, known to everyone since 1984 as the DTM, presented a vision of the electric future of their racing.
What has changed over the year?
Gerhard Berger, Chairman of ITR, promoter of the DTM racing series, “
Absolutely all Formula 1 fans know Gerhard Berger, he is one of the most famous and experienced pilots. He is not a spotter, and not a clerical worker. The pilot of a racing car is not only a driver, he is also an engineer, because you have to not only drive, you have to feel your car, listening to its every sound and vibration, it is also a tactician and strategist. So Gerhard Berger’s words must be taken seriously.
At the same time, Berger himself recently criticized Formula E,
Well, soon there will be more strategies and tactics on the tracks of electric races, just because of the pit stops for recharging and replacing batteries.
On November 7, during the last race weekend in 2020, the DTM electric racing car concept with 1200 hp (880 kW) was unveiled at the Hockenheimring. The electric sports car will be four-wheel drive, each wheel will have its own electric drive. The car was created by DTM partner Schaeffler. The prototype was developed by DTM champions Timo Scheider and Hans-Joachim Stuck, as well as Formula E racer Daniel Abt and F3 racer Sofia Flörsch. Serial racing models will appear in the year the series starts, in 2023.
The acceleration dynamics are from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds, which is approximately 0.4 seconds faster than the current Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Almost half a second of the advantage at the start for a race car is big numbers.
The electric vehicle is equipped with a high-voltage liquid-cooled battery. And, most interestingly, it was confirmed that during sprint races lasting 30 minutes, there will be a mandatory pit stop, where the segments of the battery pack will be automatically changed using a robotic arm. It is also likely that the wheel change will take place in automatic mode.
Matthias Zink, CEO of Automotive Technologies at Schaeffler, “
In essence, Schaeffler is creating an electric platform that will be offered to car brands wishing to take part in a new racing series. Those who take part in the championship will be able to «hang» their body on the platform, and also modify the power elements for the characteristics they require.
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