20 May 2015
DTM: 'Class One' agrees unified regulations
Representatives from German, Japanese and American touring car series have agreed on a unification of regulations so teams in each series can compete against one another
A joint committee of representatives from the German, Japanese and American touring car series have agreed on a unification of regulations which aims to see teams in each series compete against one another.
The 'Class One' committee sat down for talks after the Nurburgring 24 Hour race in Germany and consists of members from the Japanese Super GT, the American IMSA and the DTM's head organisation ITR e.V.
The group has agreed on key technical regulations on engines and aerodynamics as well as bodywork parameters. Tests and development programmes will now be run to discover if these unification rules can be achieved and bring parity between the different series.
The unified cars are expected to resemble the current DTM and Super GT cars and will use turbocharged four-cylinder engines which produce around 600bhp.
Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of ITR e.V, feels the meeting was an important move towards achieving a unified competition between the three touring car series.
“We struck agreements in many areas and made a major step to realising our joint goal,” Aufrecht said. “I'm looking forward to the day when the 'Class One' vehicles from different continents will compete with one another for the first time.”
Masaaki Bandoh, chairman of the Japanese series, echoed the sentiments of Aufrecht with the aim of commencing cross-continent racing in 2017.
“I believe that the agreement will mutually further the development of us, DTM and IMSA," Bandoh said. "Since we started to advance concrete discussions on Final Race Event, I am very excited that we are moving a step closer to one of our major reasons to establish the cooperative relations with DTM and IMSA.”
In September 2014, initial plans had been released to see different series compete against one another with the initial timetable to start racing in 2017 in Japan and at the start of 2018 for the other series.
To date, all six DTM and Super GT manufacturers, (Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan and Lexus) have supported the committee to come up with a suitable format. American manufacturers are set to join at a later date.
Currently, there is no indication on what impact this will have on the World Touring Car Championship.
British Touring Car Championship, run and administrated by ToCA, has not been included in the 'Class One' committee.
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