DTM organizers conceived racing with 1000-horsepower hydrogen supercarsNovember 8, 2019
Organizers want to automate pit stops with industrial robots
The organizer of the bodywork championship Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), ITM, introduced the concept of a new racing series. It will compete with 1000-horsepower hydrogen cars, and pit stops will be automated using industrial robots.
As conceived by ITM, the new electric series will be developed in parallel with the DTM. Factory teams will receive unprecedented freedom in the design and prototype design, which will either be clean electric vehicles with traction batteries, or will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cell systems. The power of cars will exceed 1000 horsepower, and speeds will reach 300 kilometers per hour.
Revolutionary changes will occur in the organization of pit stops: huge industrial robots will not only replace the wheels, but also batteries and fuel cells. Moreover, a stop for “refueling” will be mandatory for all participants in the 40-minute race. The batteries and fuel cells themselves are unified, but manufacturers will be allowed to make small changes to their design. Racing cars will be like production models.
This year, the DTM series has switched to compact four-cylinder turbo engines. Such units produce more than 600 horsepower. In addition, as part of the “greening” of the championship, the organizers are testing racing biofuels and are considering the possibility of switching to hybrid power plants from 2022.
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