With TFSI power: record year for Audi in the DTM

The four-cylinder turbo engine of the Audi RS 5 DTM is the most efficient and most powerful engine in the company’s DTM history. In its first year of racing, Audi’s engineers extracted more than 610 horsepower from the power-plant with just two liters of displacement.

In terms of reliability, the new engine was instantly exemplary as well: Audi was the only manufacturer to use no more than the allocated number of 1.5 engines per car and therefore did not suffer any deduction of points in the manufacturers’ championship. At the end of the season, Pietro Fittipaldi’s engine had the highest mileage of more than 5,000 kilometers.

Even before the end of the season, Audi secured all three titles in the drivers’, manufacturers’ and teams’ championships in 2019. As a result, the brand scored its third triple DTM win after 2004 and 2017.

Audi won the manufacturers’ championship with a 582-point advantage – marking the largest one in DTM history. As the first manufacturer ever, Audi scored more than 1,000 points (1,132) in one DTM season. In as many as three races in 2019, Audi netted the maximum number of points in the manufacturers’ classification.

With twelve victories, twelve pole positions, twelve fastest laps, 40 of 54 possible podium finishes and all three championship titles, the brand achieved the most successful DTM season overallin the company’s history. In 1991, 2015 and 2016, Audi had won ten races, respectively.

On 448 of 732 laps, an Audi RS 5 DTM was leading the field in the 2019 season.

In 17 of the 18 races, at least one Audi driver started from the front row.

On six of the currently eight DTM tracks, the Audi RS 5 DTM has held the DTM lap record since this season. The absolutely fastest lap of the year, at an average of 193.2 km/h, was set by René Rast in Sunday’s qualifying at Assen.

Top speed was also credited to the new Audi RS 5 DTM: during the Hockenheim season opener, Mike Rockenfeller was clocked at 291 km/h on the second lap of Sunday’s race.

In Sunday’s race at Brands Hatch, all eight Audi RS 5 DTM started from the top eight spots on the grid.Eight cars from the same brand had been seen in the DTM only once before: in 2016, at Budapest, also from Audi.

In Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring, Audi celebrated a seven-fold success – as a result, the brand equalized the previous record (BMW/Zandvoort 2015).

In Saturday’s race of the finale at the Hockenheimring, the Audi RS 5 DTM, which has been fielded since 2013, scored its 50th victory.Witha current track record of 51 victories, the Audi RS 5 DTM is the most successful model since the DTM’s revival in 2000.