LONDON (Information) – German Touring Automotive (DTM) boss Gerhard Berger unveiled on Thursday a proposed electrical sequence with high-performance vehicles racing at Components One speeds and with battery modifications carried out by robots.
If the idea catches on with producers, he mentioned the sequence might run alongside the principally European-focused DTM with vehicles powered by electrical energy from battery or hydrogen gas cell know-how.
Massive industrial robots can be used to take away and substitute the battery pack or hydrogen tank in addition to all 4 wheels at pit stops.
Former F1 driver Berger, the chairman of DTM promoter ITR, mentioned the vehicles would use largely standardized options and produce greater than 1,000 brake horsepower (bhp) and hit greater than 300kph (185mph).
“I feel it’s clear that now we have all bought way more delicate to help in a proper approach and to assist enhance the scenario on our planet,” Berger informed Information in a phone interview.
“I believed for us as a racing platform, what might we actually do?” added the Austrian.
With regard to a timeframe for the idea, he mentioned that will rely on how followers, sponsors and producers reacted and it will even be a monetary and technical problem.
Berger, a Components One race winner with Benetton, Ferrari and McLaren, mentioned producers had completely different concepts about how future applied sciences and vehicles ought to look, and no person actually knew which might prevail.
So he had proposed electrical and hydrogen, in a similar way to Components One in every of outdated when usually aspirated petrol engines competed towards turbochargers, to hurry up technological advances.
Motorsport already has an all-electric sequence in Components E, a city-based sequence whose single-seater vehicles can attain prime speeds of 280kph with most energy equal to 335bhp.
Components One vehicles go greater than 370kph at Italy’s Monza or on Baku’s lengthy straight. The most recent crop of DTM vehicles produce some 600bhp.
Nico Rosberg, the 2016 Components One world champion, mentioned this yr that the DTM — which options Audi, BMW and Aston Martin after Mercedes withdrew — must embrace electrical to outlive as a producer sequence.
“In the future, when all producers promote electrical vehicles, the DTM should even be electrical, that’s for certain,” the German, whose 1982 F1 champion father Keke runs the title-winning Audi Sport Workforce Rosberg, informed motorsport.com in June.
For Berger, such a change can be opposite to the DTM’s ‘core DNA.’
“Racing for me is 1,000 horsepower, racing for me is vehicles like a wild horse and exhibiting who’s the very best driver who can deal with it,” he mentioned.
“Once I see Components E, for instance, it’s too sluggish. Components E is Components Three stage… this isn’t what the hardcore of motorsport likes to see. So we got here to the concept of this robotic change for batteries that will resolve our drawback.
“It lastly permits us to run 1,000 horsepower engines and I feel followers are going to see spectacular racing as within the combustion engine sequence.”
Modifying by Peter Rutherford