DTM presented initial demonstration vehicle at the 2020 season finale in Hockenheim for the new DTM Electric race series. The E-car, seen and developed as the future of motorsport, was developed in cooperation between DTM, ITR (the series promoter) and Schaeffler (automotive and industrial supplier) innovation partner of the DTM.
Next step is development of DTM electric prototype, with the final aim establishing the future electric series as one of the five pillars of DTM organization.
The demonstration car at the DTM finale in Hockenheim was driven by Formula E racer Daniel Abt, ex DTM champions Hans-Joachim Stuck, Timo Scheider and Schaeffler brand ambassador Sophia Flörsch.
The E-car features battery-electric power, fluid-cooled high voltage battery, and Schaeffler’s steer by wire technology Space Drive (electronic steering operating without a conventional mechanical steering). Bodywork of the car with puristic lines is designed by Moodley and Ideenion with the view of “what can be seen not only in racing, but also on the road in the future”. The performance level of the E-car commands respect, with power output of over 1000 horse power.
The DTM electric could make its debut in 2023 season, the plan includes sprint races with duration of 30 minutes and possibility of automated battery changes during the mandatory pit-stop.
DTM-Chef Gerhard Berger:
“Together with Schaeffler, our first strategic partner with which we will be cooperating, we want to lead the DTM platform into a successful future. It is our aim not only to showcase the latest technology in DTM Electric, but also to bring central innovations to the race track that allow for spectacular racing. Thus, we also want to convince the classic motorsport fans about future technologies and fascinate them with attractive racing.”