Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters-organiser ITR has put forward a proposal on specifications for their new car, set to be introduced in 2011 or 2012. ITR is looking to merge the new DTM rules with the GT500 class of the Japanese Super GT-series.
Japanese magazine Autosport reported the following specifications suggested for the new DTM/GT500 car:
- Common carbon monocoque with roll cage
- Wheelbase of 2850 mm
- Common front and rear overhang
- Common front spoiler and rear diffuser
- V8 engine of yet to be announced size
- Limited number of engines during season
- Introduction of “design line” where on one side all cars are common
- 51% cost reduction compared to current DTM regulations
A DTM car is reported to have been brought over to Japan for a comparison with a GT500 car. Spanish site Sportmotores reported that the difference between the both cars were seven seconds per lap.
The Japanese teams are seemingly positive about the new plans but think that it will not be ready for next year.
“The negotiations are positive if you think about the future. But I do not think the regulations will be put in to force before 2012,” said NISMO president Sanda to the Japanese magazine Autosport.