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Audi motorist Mike Rockenfeller: “2019 DTM will be mega thrilling”

What’s new in a 2019 DTM?
There are a lot of innovations for 2019. Surely a biggest disproportion is a four-cylinder turbo, that clearly has a aloft energy output. At a same time, a new automobile has some-more fit aerodynamics. That’ll make us a lot faster on a straights. All in all, it’s a biggest change that I’ve seen in DTM. Being concerned in it is really exciting. I’ve been pushing with 8 cylinders now for twelve years and am looking brazen to something new. Plus, some-more energy is always some-more fun.

Is a commencement of a new epoch in a 2019 DTM noticeable?
Everyone in a group is rarely motivated. The new automobile is like a new baby. Everyone is happy, even yet we still have a lot of work to do. It’s about reliability, drivability and performance. The new engine behaves differently than a aged 8 cylinder, whose characteristics we knew inside out. We usually have a few tests in DTM and we need to make best use of them.

How does a turbo perform compared with a prior naturally aspirated V8 engine?
The aspirated engine delivered a energy in a most some-more linear proceed and with a atmosphere restrictors reached a extent during about 500 horsepower. The turbo has reduction cubic capacity, 4 cylinders reduction and totally opposite characteristics. We have about 100 horsepower some-more output. Obviously, we can feel that. The engine has larger thrust. Feeling a acceleration even in fourth, fifth and sixth rigging is awesome. You do have extensive energy as shortly as a turbo kicks in. The tires are a same, though now 100 additional horses are pushing a back wheels, that creates them spin faster. The bucket is higher, generally for a back tires.

How most faster are a new DTM cars?

Depending on a track, a path times will be dual or 3 seconds faster than before. You proceed a turns quicker and a braking phases turn a small longer. We pass a straights faster since we’re pushing during aloft speeds – maybe during some-more than 300 km/h for a initial time! That would be illusory and should really be probable with DRS and some slipstreaming.