Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé DTM

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DTM Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé
Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Gary Paffett DTM Norisring 2012 001.jpg
Pascal Wehrlein, DTM 2015.JPG
Esteban Ocon 2016 DTM.jpg
Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Class Coupé DTM first generation (top)
Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Class Coupé DTM second generation (center)
Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Class Coupé DTM third generation (bottom)
Category Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (Touring Cars)
Constructor Germany Mercedes-AMG
Designer(s) Gerhard Ungar
Michael Weiss
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Class W204 DTM
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones with H&R spring and damper units to front and rear axles, actuated via pushrods
Suspension (rear) As front
Length 5,010 mm (197 in)
Width 1,950 mm (77 in)
Height 1,250 mm (49 in)
Axle track 1,950 mm (77 in)
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108 in)
Engine Mercedes-Benz AMG 4,000 cc (244 cu in) V8 90° naturally aspirated, front engined, longitudinally-mounted
Transmission Hewland 6-speed sequential semi-automatic gearbox
Battery Bosch 13 volts
Power Over 500 hp (373 kW)
Weight 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) (2012); 1,110 kg (2,447 lb) (2013-2014); 1,120 kg (2,469 lb) (2015-2016); 1,125 kg (2,480 lb) + BoP weight allowance of 1,095–1,140 kg (2,414–2,513 lb) (2017 - abolished since Austrian round); 1,115 kg (2,458 lb) (2018) including driver
Fuel Aral Ultimate unleaded 102 RON racing gasoline
Lubricants Petronas Syntium 7000
Brakes AP Racing carbon brake discs with 6-piston calipers and pads
Tyres Hankook Ventus
AMG (2012-2016) later ATS (2017-2018) wheels forged aluminium wheels
Competition history
Notable entrants France ART Grand Prix
Germany HWA Team
Germany Mücke Motorsport
Germany Persson Motorsport
Notable drivers United Kingdom Jamie Green
Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom Gary Paffett
Germany Christian Vietoris
United Kingdom David Coulthard
Canada Robert Wickens
Spain Roberto Merhi
United Kingdom Susie Wolff
Spain Daniel Juncadella
Germany Pascal Wehrlein
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Russia Vitaly Petrov
Austria Lucas Auer
Germany Maximilian Götz
France Esteban Ocon
Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Italy Edoardo Mortara
Germany Maro Engel
Debut 2012 Hockenheimring 1 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters round
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
92 (including non-championship race at Olympiastadion Munich)282628
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 1 (2015)

The Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé DTM is a race car designed by Mercedes-Benz for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters championship. Mercedes-Benz chose the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt to present the new 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé. It is the successor to the AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse race car which was permanently retired after the 2011 season. Since 2015 the car has been renamed Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM. The C-Coupé DTM was initially based on the C204 Mercedes-Benz C-Coupé; for the 2016 season it was updated to reflect the new C205 Mercedes-Benz C-Coupé body style.

History[edit]

HWA AG began development, design and construction of the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé in June 2010. The first chassis was assembled in June 2011, with the first vehicle completed in August. After 2018 season, Mercedes-Benz will announce its discontinuation from DTM by ending 19 year participation with DTM as Mercedes AMG switching to Formula E from 2019–20 season as after season 2018, this will be the last Mercedes vehicle of DTM.[1]

Characteristics[edit]

The DTM AMG-Mercedes C-Coupé was designed to meet the new and improved safety concept for 2012, which includes a state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque and a roll cage made of high strength steel. In order to improve driver protection in the event of an accident, all safety-related components such as the fire extinguishing system and fuel tank have been incorporated into the monocoque. Furthermore, each vehicle is equipped with six crash structures to give the driver additional protection to the front, rear and sides. These carbon fibre crash structures are designed to gradually absorb impact energy, so that the driver is not exposed to high deceleration forces.

The new safety concept was developed jointly by rights holder and promoter ITR e.V., the DMSB and the three manufacturers – Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. In order to verify the performance of the DTM safety concept, the DMSB developed a test programme, which was carried out and analyzed by DEKRA, the independent testing organization. All tests were completed without any problems.

The new DTM AMG-Mercedes C-Coupé is based on the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé, which celebrated its world premiere in autumn 2011.[2]

Chassis[edit]

The Mercedes-Benz C-Coupé DTM was built to supersede the Mercedes-Benz C-Class race car, a chassis was made directly connected to the carbon fibre monocoque is a roll cage of high-strength steel; CFRP crash elements on the side, front and rear.

Weight[edit]

At the beginning of the 2012 season, homologation rules for DTM cars were changed, an increase in minimum weight from 1,050 kg to 1,110 kg was mandated.

Engines[edit]

The DTM car is powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG naturally-aspirated DOHC engine. The engine is a 4.0 L 90 degree V8 with four valves per cylinder, indirect fuel injection, air restricted to 2 x 28 mm by regulations. The power output is approximately 483 hp (360 kW; 490 PS) with a torque of 500 N⋅m (370 ft⋅lbf).

Achievements[edit]

As of August 2017, Mercedes-AMG C63 Class Coupé DTM scored 19 victories, 17 poles, 20 fastest laps and 1 driver title (courtesy of Pascal Wehrlein in 2015).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klein, Jamie (25 July 2017). "Mercedes to quit DTM after 2018, confirms Formula E entry". Motorsport.com. Motorsport.com. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  2. ^ mercedes-benz.com. "The New 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Coupé DTM". mercedes-benz.com. Archived from the original on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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