DTM, the German touring car racing series, is about to get faster… and sound very different. To show how progressive, eco-friendly and tech-savvy the championship is, the DTM has binned its naturally aspirated V8 engines. From 2019, each car will run 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo power.
Audi’s risen to the challenge and announced the details of its new engine. After 30 months of development and a reported 1,000 hours of static testing on the dyno (imagine the fuel bill), it’s ready. The 4cyl weighs just 85kg – half that of ye olde V8 – and yet it’s 100bhp more powerful. Official output is 602bhp, and a push-to-pass system ups the boost and gives another 30bhp, for more overtaking punch.