The 2013 German DTM racing series will see a new badge on the grid. The current Audi A5 models will be upgraded to RS5. However, this means little more than a marketing change since the technical specification of the DTM cars was frozen when the checkered flag fell at the last race of the 2012 season. Therefore, the cars will see no visual or technical upgrades to accompany the new identity.
However, Audi want to establish a direct relationship in the DTM to its high performance production model.
"The RS abbreviation stands for the sportiest Audi models," said Dr Ullrich. "The performance data of the current RS 5 and RS 5 DTM are very similar. This is why we are of the opinion that fit perfectly."
Eight Audi RS5 DTM will join the grid for the 2013 race series, fielded by the Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg teams. The allocation of eight Audi factory drivers between the teams is fixed, with newcomer Jamie Green (Great Britain) joining double DTM Champion Mattias Ekström (Sweden) at Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. With a combined total of 25 race wins and two championship titles, Ekström and Green form the most successful driver combination in the entire DTM 2013 field.
Nine DTM race wins unite the other Audi driver teams which have remained almost identical since the 2012 season: the double DTM Champion Timo Scheider (Germany) and Adrien Tambay (France) compete for Audi Sport Team Abt, Miguel Molina (Spain) and Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) for Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal) and Edoardo Mortara (Italy/France) for Audi Sport Team Rosberg.
The new DTM season starts on May 5 at the Hockenheimring. Ten events are on the 2013 agenda, six of them in Germany.
On top of these are races in Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands and, on August 4, the debut at the Moscow Raceway in Russia.
The Audi RS5 DTM will appear in action for the first time at the DTM test on April 9-12 at Hockenheim and 26-29 in Barcelona (Spain).