The 'new' DTM is delayed until 2019


Audi, BMW and Mercedes were calling for expansion. The three manufacturers present in the DTM were the big drivers of a regulation technique common with the Super GT Japanese, the so-called ‘Class One’. The aim was to get common specifications which would allow the triumvirate of German able to compete in Japan without a deployment significant economic, to the pair that brands present in the Super GT could land in the German Championship of passenger Cars and display their models of competition in Europe. After long discussions and with the ‘DTM american’ ruled out’, set 2017 as the deadline ranozable to apply the ‘Class One’.

despite this claim, initial, the bet has been cooling to such an extent that Audi, BMW and Mercedes have rejected the idea of face-to-2017. The cost of developing a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder joined to a new chassis causes that the marks do not end up taking the plunge, on the grounds that the current situation of the automotive industry it is not indicated to fatten up the budget considerably. The ‘Class One’ will have to wait to 2019, two extra years in which Audi, BMW and Mercedes understand that investment amortized in the current models.

On paper the partnership between the DTM and the Super GT japanese is still standing, but increasingly there are more voices that cast doubt on this agreement. Audi, BMW and Mercedes have taken pains to emphasize this position, but what is certain is that its movement generates more doubts than certainties. And is that the plans are to make a joint career between the DTM and the Super GT in Japan, in 2017 and in Germany in 2018 would be out of the question. Meanwhile, Japan is studying the regulations GT3 with forecast embedded in other categories.