Race debut for the Aston Martin Vantage DTM at Hockenheim

Race debut for the Aston Martin Vantage DTM at Hockenheim

01.05.2019: • A considerable feat: R-Motorsport to arrive at Hockenheim for the season opener with four Aston Martin Vantage DTM cars • DTM record:

•    A considerable feat: R-Motorsport to arrive at Hockenheim for the season opener with four Aston Martin Vantage DTM cars


•    DTM record: Four DTM cars brought from the development stage to race readiness in under six months


•    Impressive line-up: Established drivers with a track record of success teamed up with talented rookies


•    Sheer exclusivity: First DTM outing for R-Motorsport hospitality suite


•    Team Principal Florian Kamelger: “An amazing achievement by every single person in the team”

 






The season opener at the Hockenheimring will be the moment of truth: after a short and extremely busy preparation period, R-Motorsport are about to make their series debut with the Aston Martin Vantage DTM.




With the start of the 2019 DTM campaign only days away, the intensive preparations by R Motorsport and their Vynamic joint venture partner HWA are entering a crucial phase, namely direct comparison with a well-entrenched opposition accustomed to success. When the gantry lights at the Hockenheimring go out, it will become apparent just how effective the R-Motorsport preparations have been in the extremely short time from the project planning and development stages through to race readiness.



Getting four Aston Martin Vantage DTM cars raceworthy in time for the Hockenheim curtain-raiser had sometimes seemed overly ambitious, even to the born optimists in the team. In this regard at least, R-Motorsport team can already claim a DTM record.





Premiere under the bonnet: Turbo engines with Push-to-pass



The new technical regulations pose a challenge for all manufacturers and teams this year, and the test days at Jerez, Estoril and at the Lausitzring made clear to the R-Motorsport technical team the complexity of the work involved in the development of the DTM car, especially its new four-cylinder turbo engine. The turbo unit has two litres of displacement and delivers more than 600 horsepower plus 650 Nm of torque. At the same time, the permissible kerb weight of the vehicle has been reduced from 1,115 kg minimum to 986 kg.



For the forthcoming season, two measures have been introduced to facilitate overtaking during the races: in addition to the already familiar Drag Reduction System (DRS), there is now a push-to-pass mode which drivers are permitted to deploy up to twelve times per race. This allows the driver to boost the performance of his car by approximately 30 horsepower for the duration of around five seconds.



The push-to-pass button can be activated when the gap to the car ahead is no more than three seconds. During the last five laps or seven minutes of racing, the system may also be used irrespective of the distance to the vehicle in front. The same innovation also applies on the last five laps of the race for the DRS, which (except for the race leader) may be used freely up to a limit of twelve activations.




Premiere for the aerodynamics of the new DTM era



From the aerodynamic point of view, there are also changes affecting all parts of the car, from the front end to the rear wing. The cooling requirement of the new turbo engines calls for a larger radiator grille at the front. At the same time, the cooling outlets in the bonnet are significantly larger than on the previous year’s models.



While the overhang of the front spoiler has been reduced by 90 millimetres, the rear wing is 520 millimetres wider than before. However, it now consists of only one element. In conjunction with the shallower rear diffuser to be used from this year onwards, this reduces the aerodynamic downforce.




Another innovation concerns driver visibility in the cockpit. Starting this season, there are no interior mirrors in the DTM cars. These are replaced by a rear-view camera which displays an image on a screen located in the same place where the rear mirror used to be.



The change was necessitated by the introduction of a fire protection bulkhead between the gearbox and the cockpit, which would have blocked the view for the interior mirror. Furthermore, with the elimination of launch control, the drivers must now adjust to a new start-up procedure, in which they can no longer rely on electronic aids as before. Instead, it will be the individual driver’s ability and speed of reaction that count.




Premiere in the paddock: R-Motorsport’s new Hospitality




Away from the track itself, R-Motorsport have another premiere in store – the first outing for the team’s exclusive hospitality suite where it will receive its guests. In line with the corporate philosophy summed up in the slogan ‘Emotion, Passion, Vision’, the new facility will offer VIP visitors hospitality of the highest order provided by R-Experience.



The catering will be taken care of by a chefs and kitchen staff who have been awarded stars for their culinary skills. The elegant new architect-designed structure in the paddock can host up to 70 guests. In addition, there is a gallery level with 35 seats where the needs of team members will be met. Representatives of the media are invited to get a first-hand impression of the new exclusive premises on Friday (17:30 - 18:30).



The new DTM season starts on Friday, 3rd May with first practice at 1:10 pm (ran.de will feature all practice and qualifying sessions as livestream). The first two races of the year will get under way at 1.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday (live on SAT.1 from 1.00 pm onwards).





Wolfgang Schattling, R-Motorsport photos

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01.05.2019 / MaP

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