DTM

Safety as key to success

Technical acceptance in the DTM

As an official DTM series partner, DEKRA will ensure the safety of the racing vehicles – so that the drivers and the fans can enjoy what the DTM has stood for decades: racing hearts.

DEKRA Technical acceptance

One of DEKRA’s main tasks in the DTM is the technical approval of all the vehicles. Here, the DEKRA experts licensed by the German Motorsport Federation (DMSB), check whether the cars meet the strict specifications of the technical regulations in all respects. In this way, equality of opportunity is guaranteed and it is ensured that only flawlessly functioning vehicles are allowed to race, since protecting drivers, pit-lane crews, track marshals, officials, and spectators has the highest priority.

DEKRA has been at the DTM’s side as a partner since 1989 and has followed the development of the most important German racing series up close and helped shape it in the interests of safety. The DEKRA experts were also always involved in the formulation and further development of the regulations. Especially in 2012 as a completely revised and future-oriented regulatory framework has been introduced which marked the beginning of a new era with even more spectacular DTM vehicles.

Thereby, the monocoque with an overturn structure as well as the front, rear and side crash elements constitute the central safety element. The DEKRA test institutes in Klettwitz and in Neumünster, recognised by the world motorsport association FIA, carried out all the static and dynamic tests for the development and homologation of the new vehicles. With the performance of these tests, DEKRA again demonstrated in impressive fashion its outstanding expertise stretching far beyond the inspection of road vehicles.

To check the regulations, the scrutineers use a 3D precision measuring arm in order to carry out efficient and accurate analyses of the parts which are licked by the airstream. Since 2018, DEKRA has even used augmented reality, thus again making use of trend-setting technologies to perfect its own processes.

The list of tasks is extensive. Each racing season, DEKRA carries out up to 180 basic inspections on the racing cars. In addition, the DEKRA experts place approximately 10,000 seals on engines and tires in the course of the season. But that is not all: The experts collect and inspect up to five terabytes of video material and gather a further 2.5 terabytes of data about the vehicles.

Furthermore, the striking logo of the expert organization has always adorned the starting number on each DTM vehicle. It cannot be documented more clearly or visibly: DEKRA and the DTM – they simply belong together. Because for DEKRA, this partnership is not just sponsoring, but core expertise with passion – for more than 30 years.

Calendar

Milestones of a Partnership

  • FIA Membership

    DEKRA employees become permanent members of various FIA bodies (Fédération Internationale d‘Automobile) and the German ONS (Oberste Nationale Sportkommission, the highest national sport commission for motorsports in Germany).

    DTM 1965
    1965
  • Approvals

    Specially trained DEKRA technicians and engineers issue the so-called ONS/DMSB car passes, the approval documents required for a racing car by law, first for the ONS and then the DMSB (Deutscher Motor Sport Bund, German Motor Sport Federation).

    1968
  • DEKRA Joins the DTM

    At the time, DEKRA employees were still directly under the motorsports association ONS (the predecessor organization of the DMSB). Today, DEKRA’s technical inspectors have a license from the DMSB, which is in charge of the motorsporting aspects of the DTM. DEKRA’s logo even appeared on the starting numbers (until 1996).

    DTM 1989
    1989
  • Business as Unusual

    The manifold engine (naturally aspirated engines and turbo engines) and drive concepts (front, back, 4-wheel drive) as well as the changing event formats (number of races per event) kept the regulatory watchdogs on their toes.

    DTM 1989-1996
    1990
  • UK

    First guest races in Great Britain.

    DTM 1993/1994
    1993
  • International

    The step towards internationality as an ITC (International Touring Car Series) with races in Italy, Finland, Great Britain, Portugal, and France.

    DTM 1995
    1995
  • Expert Committee

    DEKRA employees join the DMSB (Deutscher Motor Sport Bund, German Motor Sport Federation) expert committee.

    DTM 1997
    1997
  • Taking a Hiatus

    The DTM is forced into hiatus following the departure of several manufacturers due to concerns about the high costs, but the organizers of the DTM never stopped believing in the series. There followed a period of renewal and change, focusing on cost reduction, equal opportunities, and breathtaking touring cars. New technical regulations were developed.

    DTM ends in the late 1990s
    1999
  • The 2000 Comeback

    This year saw the DTM make its debut appearance at the DEKRA Lausitzring (formerly the EuroSpeedway Lausitz). The introduction of the so-called seat box (a carbon fiber structure around the driver), which replaced the bucket seat of previous years, brought a considerable enhancement in passive safety.

    DTM 2000
    2000
  • Official Partner

    DEKRA becomes the “Official technical partner of the DTM” and is, as was the case between 1989 and 1996, again visibly represented on the vehicles’ starting numbers.

    DTM 2003
    2003
  • Sports Cars

    According to the regulations applicable from that point on, the touring cars only need to have the same exterior as serial production cars; from a technical perspective, DTM cars are race car prototypes wearing the skin of a touring car.

    DTM 2004
    2004
  • Measuring Arm

    DEKRA introduces the measuring arm (high precision, quick measurement of the entire outer shell).

    DTM 2010
    2010
  • 3D Scanner

    To enable the examination of thin-walled bodywork components, a 3D scanner was purchased in 2011 and introduced into the measuring process of the technical approval.

    DTM 2011
    2011
  • New Safety Concept

    DEKRA assumes responsibility over the entire operative implementation of the technical approval process of the DTM, and has been present at every race with six DEKRA employees ever since. New technical regulations with a completely revamped safety concept. Monocoque taken as a central safety element with front, back and side crash elements. All statistical and dynamic tests for development and homologation at DEKRA are carried out in DATC or CTC.

    DTM 2012
    2012
  • Shock Absorbers

    DEKRA procures a shock absorber dynamometer.

    DTM 2013
    2013
  • Semitrailers

    The latest step in DEKRA’s quest to prove its commitment to safety: The DEKRA technical approval trailer – a conference room, office for the technical inspectors and technical delegates of the DMSB, as well as a means to transport all the equipment for the technical approval, all in one convenient package.

    DTM 2014
    2014
  • Augmented Reality

    DEKRA starts using augmented reality for the first time and thus adds a truly groundbreaking technology to its arsenal which enables DEKRA to perfect its own processes.

    DTM 2018
    2018
  • 30 Years of DEKRA and DTM

    For around 30 years, DEKRA has been the DTM’s expert for safety and equal opportunity.
    Technical innovations:

    • New 4-cylinder turbo engine with approx. 610 hp, with a top speed of over 300 km/h (186.4 mph).
    • An integrated fuel-flow restrictor limits the fuel supply and implements a push-to-pass system by means of a bypass – ensuring enthralling duels and exciting overtake maneuvers.
    • The rear wing was visibly widened (based on the vehicles of the Japanese Super GT series) and also possesses a DRS function.
    • Continuous increase in standard components to now more than 100 parts (significant reduction in development and material costs).
    • Introduction of a uniform fire-extinguishing system according to the latest FIA standard.

    DTM 2019
    2019
  • FIA Membership

    DEKRA employees become permanent members of various FIA bodies (Fédération Internationale d‘Automobile) and the German ONS (Oberste Nationale Sportkommission, the highest national sport commission for motorsports in Germany).

    DTM 1965
    1965
  • Approvals

    Specially trained DEKRA technicians and engineers issue the so-called ONS/DMSB car passes, the approval documents required for a racing car by law, first for the ONS and then the DMSB (Deutscher Motor Sport Bund, German Motor Sport Federation).

    1968
  • DEKRA Joins the DTM

    At the time, DEKRA employees were still directly under the motorsports association ONS (the predecessor organization of the DMSB). Today, DEKRA’s technical inspectors have a license from the DMSB, which is in charge of the motorsporting aspects of the DTM. DEKRA’s logo even appeared on the starting numbers (until 1996).

    DTM 1989
    1989
  • Business as Unusual

    The manifold engine (naturally aspirated engines and turbo engines) and drive concepts (front, back, 4-wheel drive) as well as the changing event formats (number of races per event) kept the regulatory watchdogs on their toes.

    DTM 1989-1996
    1990
  • UK

    First guest races in Great Britain.

    DTM 1993/1994
    1993
  • International

    The step towards internationality as an ITC (International Touring Car Series) with races in Italy, Finland, Great Britain, Portugal, and France.

    DTM 1995
    1995
  • Expert Committee

    DEKRA employees join the DMSB (Deutscher Motor Sport Bund, German Motor Sport Federation) expert committee.

    DTM 1997
    1997
  • Taking a Hiatus

    The DTM is forced into hiatus following the departure of several manufacturers due to concerns about the high costs, but the organizers of the DTM never stopped believing in the series. There followed a period of renewal and change, focusing on cost reduction, equal opportunities, and breathtaking touring cars. New technical regulations were developed.

    DTM ends in the late 1990s
    1999
  • The 2000 Comeback

    This year saw the DTM make its debut appearance at the DEKRA Lausitzring (formerly the EuroSpeedway Lausitz). The introduction of the so-called seat box (a carbon fiber structure around the driver), which replaced the bucket seat of previous years, brought a considerable enhancement in passive safety.

    DTM 2000
    2000
  • Official Partner

    DEKRA becomes the “Official technical partner of the DTM” and is, as was the case between 1989 and 1996, again visibly represented on the vehicles’ starting numbers.

    DTM 2003
    2003
  • Sports Cars

    According to the regulations applicable from that point on, the touring cars only need to have the same exterior as serial production cars; from a technical perspective, DTM cars are race car prototypes wearing the skin of a touring car.

    DTM 2004
    2004
  • Measuring Arm

    DEKRA introduces the measuring arm (high precision, quick measurement of the entire outer shell).

    DTM 2010
    2010
  • 3D Scanner

    To enable the examination of thin-walled bodywork components, a 3D scanner was purchased in 2011 and introduced into the measuring process of the technical approval.

    DTM 2011
    2011
  • New Safety Concept

    DEKRA assumes responsibility over the entire operative implementation of the technical approval process of the DTM, and has been present at every race with six DEKRA employees ever since. New technical regulations with a completely revamped safety concept. Monocoque taken as a central safety element with front, back and side crash elements. All statistical and dynamic tests for development and homologation at DEKRA are carried out in DATC or CTC.

    DTM 2012
    2012
  • Shock Absorbers

    DEKRA procures a shock absorber dynamometer.

    DTM 2013
    2013
  • Semitrailers

    The latest step in DEKRA’s quest to prove its commitment to safety: The DEKRA technical approval trailer – a conference room, office for the technical inspectors and technical delegates of the DMSB, as well as a means to transport all the equipment for the technical approval, all in one convenient package.

    DTM 2014
    2014
  • Augmented Reality

    DEKRA starts using augmented reality for the first time and thus adds a truly groundbreaking technology to its arsenal which enables DEKRA to perfect its own processes.

    DTM 2018
    2018
  • 30 Years of DEKRA and DTM

    For around 30 years, DEKRA has been the DTM’s expert for safety and equal opportunity.
    Technical innovations:

    • New 4-cylinder turbo engine with approx. 610 hp, with a top speed of over 300 km/h (186.4 mph).
    • An integrated fuel-flow restrictor limits the fuel supply and implements a push-to-pass system by means of a bypass – ensuring enthralling duels and exciting overtake maneuvers.
    • The rear wing was visibly widened (based on the vehicles of the Japanese Super GT series) and also possesses a DRS function.
    • Continuous increase in standard components to now more than 100 parts (significant reduction in development and material costs).
    • Introduction of a uniform fire-extinguishing system according to the latest FIA standard.

    DTM 2019
    2019

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