Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The new DRS system for DTM evaluation

By Johan Laubscher

The DTM is hosting official test days at Catalunya in Spain this week. All three manufactures: Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are at the test. The headliner this week is the testing of the first DTM Drag Reduction System (DRS).

The DRS had been rumoured for months and news emerged that the system would be evaluated this week. All the teams will test the system to see how effective it is. The DRS rear wing unit is a standard unit supplied by the series organisers, and will be identical on all the cars. If the decision is made to use DRS then it could be seen at the first round of the championship.  

The Official Audi Sport Facebook page has released an image and video depicting the new DRS system today. These have been included in this Blog post.

Drag Reduction Systems (DRS), aim to improve overtaking opportunities. The system has proven its worth in Formula One, however it remains to be seen as to how effective it will be in the DTM. The Formula One cars have an amazing power to weight ratio and thus the benefits of reduced drag is immediately apparent in the performance with DRS. The opposite is true in the DTM. The cars naturally have a more bulky shape, thanks to the road car derived body size, and a much lower power to weight ratio. This combination of size and weight may hamper the effect of the DRS in DTM, however the proof will be seen on track, hopefully with more passing opportunities.

It remains to be seen if DRS will ultimately be used in the DTM. 

Photo and video credit: Audi Sport Media