2013 DTM Champion in an interview about DTM’s new turbo era
More engine power, more suspense
Season opens on May 4/5, 2019 at the Hockenheimring
Four months to go before the new Audi RS 5 DTM with some 600 horsepower celebrates its racing debut. Mike Rockenfeller, 2013 DTM Champion and long-standing Audi factory driver, shares more about the fascinating new DTM era that will begin on May 4/5 at the Hockenheimring.
What’s new in the 2019 DTM?
Is the beginning of the new era in the 2019 DTM noticeable?
How does the turbo perform compared with the previous naturally aspirated V8 engine?
How much faster are the new DTM cars?
Depending on the track, the lap times will be two or three seconds faster than before. You approach the turns quicker and the braking phases become a little longer. We pass the straights faster because we’re driving at higher speeds – maybe at more than 300 km/h for the first time! That would be fantastic and should definitely be possible with DRS and some slipstreaming.
|How do you perceive the sound of the new turbo engines?
Inside the car itself, the sound isn’t that much different. However, when shifting into a lower gear, there’s a humongous roar in the tailpipes. That’s cool for us drivers and for the fans, too. On the whole, the engines are a little quieter but even so, you can hear and see that there’s a lot of power involved. The sound is different than it used to be, but very nice. Audi has a lot of experience with turbo engines in motorsport. I thought the turbo engines were awesome even in the days of rallying. It’s great for us to now have a turbo in the DTM car as well.
What’s your assessment of the tests so far?
Were the turbos the right choice for the DTM?