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09:25  07 may  2020
09:25  07 may  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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"The perspective of the DTM is it will become electric and global. This is what we have driven to a large extent. The fact that Audi is putting this at risk "Whether it was sustainable to cut off the DTM pillar and whether Formula E is more viable in the long term to communicate electric mobility - I put a

Both Audi and BMW already have GT3 cars in their arsenal, although BMW 's M6 GT3 is a little long in the tooth now, while such a move would also allow Mercedes If the idea was for the DTM to become fully - electric by 2025 , it could be possible to bring this deadline forward by a year (or even two), wait

War die Elektrostudie der ITR ein Versuch, den Audi-Ausstieg zu verhindern? © ITR Was the ITR electrical study an attempt to prevent the Audi exit?

The decision by Audi to end DTM involvement in favor of Formula E caused great annoyance and little understanding at BMW. And this despite the fact that Volkswagen had defined electromobility as a group strategy. "That is not an argument for me," BMW Development Board member Klaus Fröhlich told the ' Süddeutsche Zeitung '. The background is that the "DTM wants to be fully electric by 2025".

An allusion to the spectacular electrical study by the DTM umbrella organization ITR, which was presented in November 2019 and provides for robot pit stops and 1,000 hp cars, the energy of which is to be stored by means of a battery or fuel cell. At that time, the concept was downplayed as a potential frame series, but Fröhlich now reveals that the new DTM should actually emerge from this study.

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BMW brands Audi 'unsportsmanlike' for announcing its exit from the DTM before it had opened discussions with its rival manufacturer. BMW has taken aim at its old rival Audi by branding its decision to quit the DTM at the end of the season as ‘unsportsmanlike’.

BMW has hit out at an 'unsporting' Audi for not notifying its German rival about its impending exit from the DTM . Audi stated in a press release that it is departing the DTM to switch its entire factory effort on "That's not an argument for me," Frohlich said when asked about Audi 's decision to prioritise

"We had very confidently agreed with the colleagues on the next steps to a future-proof electrified DTM, which they no longer stick to," Fröhlich accuses Audi of violating the agreed route.

How they wanted to make the DTM a fully electric series

"We wanted to transform the DTM: from V8 naturally aspirated engines to efficient four-cylinder turbo combustion engines as the first stage, from 2022 the switch to hybrid and from 2025 as a fully electrified touring car series."

This also explains the sudden change of heart by DTM boss Gerhard Berger, who had clearly spoken a year ago against an electric DTM , but identified it at the end of November 2019 as part of the Dream Race in Fuji as a possible future .

The perspective of the DTM is loud, "it is becoming electric and global," says Fröhlich. "We drove that a lot. I am surprised that Audi is jeopardizing this, where we put a lot of work into it together."

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The “Tuesday 2025 ” project brings together the findings of Audi ’s trend research and sketches various future scenarios. These are the type of questions the Tuesday 2025 study aims to answers by providing a glimpse The desire for sustainability and authenticity is becoming the decisive factor.

The first fully electric Porsche, the Taycan, is scheduled to go on sale later this year. Audi , meanwhile, plans to offer 12 purely electric models by 2025 . If the hearts and minds of die-hard speed freaks can be won, the question for Audi is how to gain an advantage over Tesla, which has become

Hybrid introduction of Audi and BMW driven forward

In fact, Development Board Member Fröhlich, who will retire in June and hand over his position to Frank Weber, met Audi Development Board member Hans-Joachim in May 2019 as part of the Formula E race in Berlin Rothen players informed of details for the hybrid launch 2022.

A specification for this was already drawn up at the end of 2019: For cost reasons, a unit KERS was planned, in which the driver collects energy and can then use it as an additional boost to gain an advantage. An synthetic fuel should also ensure that the CO2 footprint is improved until the racing series is electrified. The ITR has not yet announced who should build the system.

Fröhlich: Audi was behind the DTM timetable

"When Mercedes got out after the 2018 season, it was clear that a lot would change and would have to change in order to continue the DTM", Fröhlich clarifies that the traditional series has been around for a while Years. "We were looking for a third manufacturer and adapted the regulations so that we could cooperate with the Japanese Super GT in the future."

Although this did not succeed, the DTM advocate in the BMW ranks is proud of the achievements: "We have a smart format - exciting and inexpensive racing, that was always the goal - with a clear roadmap. This plan is included Audi was developed and coordinated and was wanted by everyone. " A concentration on Formula E cannot replace the DTM .

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