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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.

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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.

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