Das Touring Meister
Posted: 20 May 2010
In other words, this is a sophisticated racing car, arguably a lot closer to endurance prototypes than straight touring cars. It's also a major prong of a phenomenally successful motorsport campaign that has seen Audi amass 25 DTM victories since returning with a factory effort in 2004 (the year a saloon-based formula was adopted. There had been Audi TT privateers before that). In tandem with the countless wins racked up by the R8, R10 and R15 at Le Mans and beyond since '99, you'd have to say that the only thing Audi hasn't nailed in its motorsport career is F1. Rumours of which refuse to go away...
The car you see here is known internally as the R14 Plus, the sixth generation of the A4 DTM. Improving such a successful car in a championship with so little wriggle room is an odd challenge in top-level motorsport, but then there is a recession on.