Electric switch would be against DTM's DNA - Berger

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says a switch to electric power would be against the series' DNA, following Nico Rosberg's suggestion that electrification was needed to safeguard its long-term future.

Electric switch would be against DTM's DNA - Berger

Rosberg, the 2016 Formula 1 world champion and an investor in Formula E, said the DTM must consider electric powertrains when the car industry relies entirely upon electric cars.

The DTM is expected to introduce a standardised hybrid element to its Class One engines in a timeline Berger has mooted as around 2021/22.

The switch came as a result of a push from the manufacturers and key sponsors, but when Rosberg's electric comments were put to Berger by Motorsport.com, he said: "Our DNA is racing.

"Our main core business is spectacular racing. I have not seen many spectacular races with electric technology. Maybe it is not even right to say not spectacular, it's just slow.

"You have no mileage [range between charges], they are slower than Formula 3 cars and we want to go into the other direction and be more like Formula 1.

"It's not our DNA. It doesn't mean there cannot be a touring car with electric [power], but not the DTM. Our core DNA is different."

Both Audi and BMW compete in FE, with the former planning to launch 30 electrified production cars by 2025 and the latter aiming for a range of 25 in the same timeframe.

Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass told Motorsport.com that electrification in the DTM "depends on how long you want to look into the future".

He added: "I don't see DTM going electric immediately."

Asked if the switch to hybrid was enough for Audi, Gass said: "Exactly, that would be the first step with me."

BMW pointed to its presence in FE and the need for its motorsport projects to encompass a wide range of powertrains.

The manufacturer's motorsport director, Jens Marquardt, told Motorsport.com: "We are in Formula E and I think what we can see right now is that when you look at the global set-up [of BMW], it will be extremely region- and market-dependent.

"From the BMW side, what we do in that respect is to prepare ourselves to be really flexible."

The DTM's eventual switch to hybrid power would potentially put it at odds with Japan's SUPER GT, despite the Class One regulations intending to bring the two series closer together.

SUPER GT's stance is that its priority is alignment with the DTM, rather than hybridisation. When Motorsport.com asked Berger if a diverging approach to hybrid power could be problematic for the tie-up, the DTM boss said: "We [the DTM and SUPER GT] are discussing it.

"The hybrid is a need from the manufacturers - I'm not a big hybrid fan - but it's a need of the manufacturers.

"I would be surprised if the Japanese manufacturers did not want it. We have time to discuss it [hybridisation]."

Gerhard Berger, ITR Chairman

Gerhard Berger, ITR Chairman

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

shares
comments
Super GT, DTM cars could be balanced by BoP for joint race

Previous article

Super GT, DTM cars could be balanced by BoP for joint race

Next article

Norisring DTM: Muller smashes lap record for pole

Norisring DTM: Muller smashes lap record for pole
Load comments
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Prime

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One ruleset, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race.

DTM
Oct 14, 2020
Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis? Prime

Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis?

It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?

DTM
May 28, 2020
Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers Prime

Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers

Audi last week announced it would be exiting the DTM at the end of 2020, bringing the curtain down on 20 years of continuous participation since the series' reboot in 2000.

DTM
May 5, 2020
Why the DTM must reinvent itself after Audi exit Prime

Why the DTM must reinvent itself after Audi exit

Audi's announcement that it will withdraw from the DTM at the end of 2020 was the latest blow for a series that has lost three manufacturers in as many years. Some major soul-searching will now be required to assess how it can survive.

DTM
Apr 28, 2020
Why cynic Berger changed his mind over green tech in racing Prime

Why cynic Berger changed his mind over green tech in racing

DTM boss Gerhard Berger was a detractor of Formula E and held a reluctance for his series to embrace greener engine technologies. However, this cynic's tune has had to change to ensure DTM's existence as the motorsport world moves forward

DTM
Dec 13, 2019
What the fallout from Aston's engine split means for 2020 Prime

What the fallout from Aston's engine split means for 2020

Aston Martin's DTM arrival, via the R-Motorsport outfit, was heralded as a salvation of sorts for the series. After plenty of bumps in the road in 2019, the team finds itself in a similar position to the one it was in 12 months ago. Can it get its act together?

DTM
Dec 6, 2019
How the DTM and Super GT can build on their experiment Prime

How the DTM and Super GT can build on their experiment

The Class One 'Dream Race' staged by the DTM and SUPER GT proved a hit - from a competitive and collaborative standpoint. The next step will be for both parties to ensure a successful trial ends up being more than just that.

Super GT
Nov 29, 2019
Robot pitcrews and hydrogen – is DTM's concept plausible? Prime

Robot pitcrews and hydrogen – is DTM's concept plausible?

DTM organiser ITR has mooted a radical plan for a "truly new and inspiring" future motorsport series. How realistic are its suggestions of automated pitstops and 1000bhp hydrogen-fuelled touring cars?

DTM
Nov 11, 2019