The DTM will trial a new Environmentally friendly fuel from their longtime fuel supplier Aral at the season ending race in Hovkenheim this weekend.
The fuel will be tested by Audi and Aston Martin in their fleet of 50 VIP taxis that will bring guests around the circuit throughout the weekend. Speaking about the news, Achim Kostrom, Managing Director of DTM Organisation ITR said:
This pilot project is part of a rich programme for the future aimed at the introduction of sustainable drive technologies to the DTM. “And, as part of that process, our scope will expand from greener fuels to include a greater focus on hybrid drive.”
The ITR organisation has already begun a hybrid-drive specification process with a number of prospective technical partners. For budgetary reasons, all hybrid-system components will be produced as control components for every DTM car, and will be used in conjunction with the current four-cylinder turbo-charged engines.
“Our main aim will always be to provide spectacular racing for the fans. Equally, however, motorsport has a responsibility to investigate new technologies for the automotive industry, or to intensively develop them in a high-performance environment. Together with our manufacturers and technology partners, the ITR is working intensively on the technical configuration for the DTM car of the future.
Peter Sauermann Head of Aral research said:
With the development and first application of this fuel, we’re demonstrating the potential of refined liquid fuels in a combustion engine. In the future, these can make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions in traffic.”