Air Kraft: DTM preview
Audi, Mercedes and BMW are going racing, and whoever has the cleverest wings, wins
Posted: 15 Mar 2012
Ah, yes. There is something about looking at these DTM cars and being able to identify them as racy versions of things you see tooling down the high street; these cars have about as much to do with regular commuter tools as Veyrons do with London buses. Just because it looks like a steroidal version of the C-Class Coupe or A5 parked on your drive, don't for a second think that's the case. Study a DTM car really hard, and you'll notice just two similarities - the door handle and the rail where a roof rack would go. Other than those two tiny details, every other bit is different. Jump in a BTCC car, and you'll recognise stuff, like the air vents. You don't even get a ‘dash' in a DTM car - it's a carbon pod.
And if you think you're cheering on a maker for engineering the best car: don't be fooled. You're cheering for much more subtle stuff than that. Set-up is king. Which means that fine-tuning all that very obvious aero has never been more important - the pernickety detail is where races will be won and lost.