Air Kraft: DTM preview
Audi, Mercedes and BMW are going racing, and whoever has the cleverest wings, wins
Posted: 15 Mar 2012
But more fun for the driver doesn't necessarily mean more fun for the fan. The key test will be whether the changes actually do create more overtaking opportunities. Slipstreaming is notoriously difficult in DTM because it's tricky to get a tow off the car in front - hopefully, the increased emphasis on mechanical grip will make it better. Because while the racing is close, Paffett recognises that the changes are needed. "It's a great challenge for the driver and the team, but it's too much of a procession. The fan needs more excitement."
Is there anything he'd change? "I wish we had more power. That would make it more interesting because of the extra mechanical grip." Sorry, Gary - you want more power? The 4.0-litre V8, revving to 8,500rpm and producing about 500bhp in a car weighing 1,050kg, isn't enough for you? No, you're right: 0-62mph in about 3.0seconds and a top speed approaching 200mph is a tad sluggish.