DTM’s Berger presents electrical touring automotive collection idea


LONDON (Information) – German Touring Automobile (DTM) boss Gerhard Berger unveiled on Thursday a proposed electrical collection with high-performance automobiles racing at Formulation One speeds and with battery adjustments carried out by robots.

If the idea catches on with producers, he mentioned the collection might run alongside the largely European-focused DTM with automobiles powered by electrical energy from battery or hydrogen gas cell expertise.

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 automobiles 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 obtained rather more delicate to help in a proper approach and to assist enhance the scenario on our planet,” Berger advised 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 may depend upon how followers, sponsors and producers reacted and it could even be a monetary and technical problem.

Berger, a Formulation One race winner with Benetton, Ferrari and McLaren, mentioned producers had totally different concepts about how future applied sciences and automobiles ought to look, and no person actually knew which might prevail.

So he had proposed electrical and hydrogen, in a similar way to Formulation One among outdated when usually aspirated petrol engines competed in opposition to turbochargers, to hurry up technological advances.

Motorsport already has an all-electric collection in Formulation E, a city-based collection whose single-seater automobiles can attain high speeds of 280kph with most energy equal to 335bhp.

Formulation One automobiles go greater than 370kph at Italy’s Monza or on Baku’s lengthy straight. The most recent crop of DTM automobiles produce some 600bhp.

Nico Rosberg, the 2016 Formulation 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 collection.

“In the future, when all producers promote electrical automobiles, the DTM should even be electrical, that’s for certain,” the German, whose 1982 F1 champion father Keke runs the title-winning Audi Sport Group Rosberg, advised motorsport.com in June.

For Berger, such a swap can be opposite to the DTM’s ‘core DNA.’

“Racing for me is 1,000 horsepower, racing for me is automobiles like a wild horse and exhibiting who’s the very best driver who can deal with it,” he mentioned.

“Once I see Formulation E, for instance, it’s too sluggish. Formulation E is Formulation Three degree… this isn’t what the hardcore of motorsport likes to see. So we got here to the thought of this robotic change for batteries that may clear up 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 collection.”

Enhancing by Peter Rutherford