New Audi RS 5 DTM leaves strong impression
|#Audi fastest on all four days of DTM pre-season tests at the Lausitzring|
|#DTM lap record broken by more than two seconds|
|#New turbo era of DTM begins at Hockenheim on May 4/5|
During the “dress rehearsal” before the DTM season opens at Hockenheim on May 4/5, the new Audi RS 5 DTM left a strong impression. In the final pre-season tests at the Lausitzring, the best time set on all four days went to an Audi driver. The Audi squad also reeled off the largest number of kilometers at the Lausitzring
“We are generally very content and we’ve learned a lot. Obviously, the results should not be overrated. Experience has shown that no-one puts all their cards on the table in pre-season testing,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “Even so, it’s nice to see all your cars at the top of the time sheets. Due to the modified cars and the new turbo engines we had slightly more work than we normally do before a season, but we can still be happy on the whole. We’ll only know at Hockenheim where we truly stand. It’s going to be extremely exciting.”
Audi was present at the Lausitztring test with all eight race cars plus a test vehicle of the Audi RS 5 DTM. Factory drivers Loïc Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller completed 6,642 kilometers (1,414 laps) in total from Monday to Thursday. In addition, Audi’s customer team, WRT Team Audi Sport, with its two DTM rookies, Jonathan Aberdein and Pietro Fittipaldi, drove 469 laps
The new two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine of the Audi RS 5 DTM delivers more than 610 horsepower, which is about 100 horsepower more than the output of the previous naturally aspirated V8 engines – and an extreme additional load acting on the tires of the DTM’s exclusive DTM tire partner Hankook, which have remained unchanged versus the two previous years.