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Audi Motorsport has revealed the designs for its eight A5 DTM race cars scheduled to compete at the Hockenheimring season opener on April 29th.
“Without the support of our partners it wouldn’t be possible to field a total of eight cars under a factory commitment in such a high-caliber racing series. In addition, they are adding color. I think that our designers in collaboration with our partners have managed to get very beautiful cars off the ground,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ulrich, Head of Audi Motorsport. ”I’m convinced that the fans will feel similarly and that the sporty elegance of the Audi A5 and the unique shape of the coupe will impress in the DTM as well.”
At the first official DTM test days at Valencia, four of the new Audi A5 DTM race cars ran the track sporting their new livery. The other four A5s will debut at the Hockenheim track test days on April 2nd to April 5th.
Two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström and Spanish driver Miguel Molina will be sporting the infamous Red Bull graphics on their A5s that you may have already seen. Timo Scheider, DTM Champ in 2009 and 2010, is once again sporting AUTO TEST livery on his vehicle. Rahel Frey gets yellow on his car for E-POSTBRIEF while 2010 Le Mans winner, Mike Rockenfeller, will represent the Schaeffler Group.
2011 rookie of the year, Edoardo Mortara will compete in a black A5 for men’s magazine Playboy. Driver Filipe Albuquerque’s A5 will be a nice blue to advertise sponsor TV Movie magazine. The last A5′s livery is Adrien Tambay’s car is a silver/white mix and represents Audi’s aim to communicate its new ultra-lightweight technology.
GALLERY: Audi A5 DTM Race Cars
Like most DTM cars, the A5 DTM has nothing in common with its road car sibling. The A5 DTM uses a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and a 455 horsepower V8 as well as a 6-speed sequential gearbox. No other details were released, but given the competitive nature of DTM and the fairly limited wiggle room in the rules and regulations, we’d expect the specifications to be a fairly closely guarded secret.
Prototypes are apparently undergoing testing at Audi facilities in Germany, and should be ready to go in time for the upcoming DTM season.