From hunter to hunted: the new Audi RS 5 DTM

Title defender Audi shows further developed DTM championship-winning car
Extensive modifications of aerodynamics and suspension
Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass: “DTM on the right track”

Neuburg a. d. Donau, March 5, 2018 – DTM Champion, winners of the teams’ and
manufacturers’ classifications, Audi drivers in the top four spots of the table: In 2017, Audi
Sport finished the season with its most successful results of all time. In tests at Vallelunga,
Italy, the new Audi RS 5 DTM now made its first public appearance. With the further
developed championship-winning car Audi Sport will start the 2018 season and therefore its
“title defense” project at the Hockenheimring on May 5 and 6.

This year, following the discontinuation of the unpopular performance weights, the drivers in
the DTM will take center stage to an even greater extent than before. Previously, in 2017, more
powerful engines and softer tires made for more thrilling races. Now aerodynamic downforce of
the DTM race cars with more than 500 horsepower has been reduced by about 25 percent
compared to last year and the suspensions have been simplified. Per wheel, the regulations now
permit only one spring/damper unit. The so-called “third element,” a connection between the
two wheels of an axle, is no longer being used. The objective is to bring the field even closer
together than before.

“We are in agreement with DTM CEO Gerhard Berger about the future of the DTM,” says Head of
Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “We do not want to see a never-ending technological arms race
and dominance of a single brand, but thrilling, top-caliber races.” The objective is to make the
driver and individual performance of the various teams matter to a greater extent. Gass sees the
DTM continuing on the right track in the new season: “The further reduction of downforce and
simplified suspension promise an even greater spectacle for the fans.”

Since 2013, at 73 events in the internationally popular touring car series, the Audi RS 5 DTM has
clinched 32 victories and 26 pole positions, and posted 42 fastest race laps. In each of the past
three years, Audi won the largest number of DTM races with a strong overall package. The scope
for development has been reduced in major ways this year as areas of aerodynamics which used
to be subject to discretionary design – such as the area around the wheel wells – are now
specified for all DTM race cars. “Basically, all cars now have the same aerodynamics package,”
says Andreas Roos, the new Project Leader DTM at Audi. “Subject to each manufacturer’s
individual design are the transition areas between the aerodynamics components and the
bodywork of the respective vehicle.” Intensive aerodynamics development as in the past no
longer exists. The reduction of downforce has a major effect on the suspension setup and
handling of the tires. Overall, there are fewer setup options for the suspension as well so that
Audi had to change its previous philosophy. “The pre-season test at Vallelunga provided us with
an initial assessment of where we stand, although the weather conditions on both days were not
optimal,” Roos says, summing up the tests.

The first pre-season tests with the latest-generation Audi RS 5 DTM (internal project name: RC7)
were performed by Jamie Green (GB) and René Rast (D). Having scored eight victories, Green is
the most successful driver of the Audi RS 5 DTM to date while Rast sensationally won the DTM
title in his rookie season in 2017. “We felt the reduced downforce even during the first virtual
tests in the simulator,” says René Rast. This impression was confirmed on the race track. “The
cars are now even more challenging to drive than before. For me, personally, this is great fun
and the spectators, too, will enjoy the races that will more than likely be more exciting than

DTM rookie Robin Frijns (NL) had the opportunity to do some initial laps in the Audi RS 5 DTM at
Vallelunga as well. Loïc Duval (F), Nico Müller (CH) and Mike Rockenfeller (D) still have to wait
their turn until the official DTM pre-season tests at the Hockenheimring from April 9 to 12.
There, a month later, the new DTM season will kick off on May 5 and 6. Tickets sales have begun
at In Germany, the new TV partner, SAT.1, will air live coverage of the
season opener.