The basic principle of the vehicle, as stipulated by the regulations, remains the same, with almost 31 metres of steel tube - as used in the aerospace industry - and a purpose-built carbonfibre safety cell clothed in bodywork made from carbonfibre composite that – in spite of all the aerodynamic appendages that sully the silhouette - remains identifiable as an Audi A4.
The most important components of the new car were tested immediately after the end of the 2007 DTM season, while the first R14 prototype completed its roll-out shortly before Christmas at Paul Ricard, and will have completed several thousand test kilometres – including endurance tests - before the opening round of the series next month.
"The new road-going A4 has already won many international awards in a very short period of time," Ullrich concluded, "Now we aim to do these awards justice with the new DTM car. We are convinced that the new Audi A4 is an excellent base for a successful DTM car."
The new A4 DTM will meet its opposition head-on at the first official test of the season, at Mugello, over 10-12 March. The 2008 car is expected to be used by Ekstrom, Martin Tomczyk, Tom Kristensen and Timo Scheider, while Alex Premat, Mike Rockenfeller, Oliver Jarvis and Markus Winkelhock will use the 2007 version. Katherine Legge and whoever emerges as the Briton's team-mate will use the 2006-spec A4.