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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
Audi has its sights set of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race and it intends to not only take home the top spot but perhaps the entire podium as it has announced plans to campaign a fleet of R8 LMS GT3 cars.
Teams ABT Sportsline and Phoenix Racing will bring two cars apiece with factory support from Audi. The 500hp cars are built for racing and Audi has stacked the deck with a long list of some of the greatest drivers in motorsports.
The No. 100 ABT Sportsline car will be piloted by reigning DTM Champion Timo Scheider, along with his DTM teammate Mattias Ekström and three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner. The second ABT Sportsline car, No. 97, will be driven by Christian Abt, Jean-François Hemroulle, Pierre Kaffer and Lucas Luhr.
As for the two Phoenix Racing cars, the No. 98 R8 will be driven by Frank Stippler, Mike Rockenfeller and Marc Basseng, a man who has help the Nürburgring fastest lap record several times.
The No. 99 Phoenix Racing R8 will be piloted by Frank Biela, Marcel Fässler, Emanuele Pirro (an Audi Sport R8 and R10 TDI driver) and none other than Hans-Joachim Stuck, a man who has won the Nürburgring 24 Hour race three times.
“The 24 Hours is not only one of the biggest motorsport events in Germany,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is considered one of the world’s toughest and most demanding race tracks. Similar to Sebring for the sports prototypes, it is superbly suited for revealing the final improvement potential of any new race car. This is exactly what we’re planning to do at the 24-hour race before delivering the R8 LMS to customers, starting this fall.”
The 37th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race will begin May 23rd and conclude May 24th.
Normally the Nürburgring 24 Hour race is a Porsche dominated affair, but we have a feeling this year might be a little different.
Official release after the jump: