2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2013 Audi RS 5 DTM made its world debut on Tuesday at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
- The car will be Audi's entry in the German Touring Car championship.
- It is a race-modified version of the Audi RS 5.
GENEVA — The 2013 Audi RS 5 DTM made its world debut on Tuesday at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
The car's competition debut will by May 5, in the season opener for the series, officially named Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), at Hockenheim.
"Motorsport is an integral part of the Audi DNA and is not an end in itself for our company," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, a member of the board for technical development of Audi AG.
"At the end of the day, our customers benefit from the victories on the racetracks, because we attach great value to technology transfer between motorsport and production," Dürheimer said. "At the end of the day, our customers benefit from the victories on the racetracks."
Audi said the new car is a refined version of last year's entry, due to a carryover in technical regulations from 2012. It is a race-modified version of the Audi RS 5.
Further development of the RS 5 DTM was only possible in extremely limited form. Over the winter, the Audi Sport DTM team concentrated on identifying if any of the 4,000 components in the racecar from the 2012 season offered any potential for optimization.
"Our technicians proved to be quite resourceful in the process," said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi motorsport, said in a statement.
Ulrich added: "The abbreviation 'RS' stands for the sportiest Audi models. The performance data of the current RS 5 and RS 5 DTM are very similar. This is why we are of the opinion that both fit perfectly to one another."
BMW is the defending champion of the series, with Audi taking 2nd from Mercedes-Benz last year. Audi is a six-time champion in the modern edition of the series for modified sports sedans, reorganized in 2000 from the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, which conducted races from 1984 through 1996.
Audi had three victories in the 10 rounds contested last season. Eight Audi RS 5 DTMs join the grid for the 2013 DTM.
Edmunds says: DTM machines have been described as "F1 with roofs," an acknowledgement of the sophisticated nature of the machines competing in the highly popular series. Audi, king of sports prototype racing with its domination of Le Mans, would like to get back to the championship level it enjoyed in 2011 with this new car.