With TFSI Power: Record Year For Audi In The DTM

source: Audi Sport

  • Audi uses experience-based advantage in rolling out efficiency technology
  • Audi RS 5 DTM most successful model in current DTM era
  • DTM Champion René Rast races from record to record

Since as far back as 2001, Audi has been combining turbocharging with gasoline direct injection (TFSI) in production cars. When this efficiency technology was rolled out in the DTM, the brand with the four rings leveraged its experience-based advantage and set numerous records in the 2019 season.

An amazing number of five new DTM records were set by René Rast in the 2019 season: The Audi driver won his second DTM drivers’ title with an advantage of 72 points – the largest one in DTM history. He is the first DTM driver to have secured the title twice in his first three DTM years. He scored 35 points just in qualifying, started from the front row on 13 occasions and seven times from pole position – surpassing the record set by Nicola Larini, who in 1993 had started from the front row twelve times.

René Rast has contested 59 DTM races in his career so far, having scored 760 points in the process – which equates to an average of twelve points per race.

All six Audi factory drivers finished the 2019 season in the top eight – which has never been seen before.

Jonathan Aberdein from the customer team WRT Team Audi Sport scored 67 points in his first DTM season, which made him best Rookie of the Year 2019.

In the teams’ championship,the threeAudi Sport Teams, Rosberg, Abt Sportsline and Phoenix, took the top three spots – three teams from the same manufacturer in the top three had last been seen in the DTM in the 2001 season.

For the fourth time, Audi Sport Team Phoenix secured the Best Pit Stop Award presented by tire partner Hankook for the fastest pit stops.

By introducing high-efficiency turbo engines, the DTM achieved a significant CO2 reduction in the 2019 season. In the finale at Hockenheim, Audi, together with series promoter ITR and its technology partner Aral, made the next major move: For the first time, the two Audi RS 5 DTM race taxis used an innovative fuel that results in a 30-percent improvement of the carbon footprint.The utilization of innovative fuels and implementation of hybrid systems are key topics for Audi and the DTM going forward.

Schedule DTM 2019

03/05 – 05/05 Hockenheim (D)
17/05 – 19/05 Zolder (B)
07/06 – 09/06 Misano (I)
05/07 – 07/07 Norisring (D)
19/07 – 21/07 Assen (NL)
10/08 – 11/08 Brands Hatch (GB)
23/08 – 25/08 Lausitzring (D)
13/09 – 15/09 Nürburgring (D)
04/10 – 06/10 Hockenheim (D)

SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race

22/11 – 24/11 Fuji (J)