As the 2015 DTM season reaches its climax later this month, Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the 2016 C63 AMG DTM.
Design adaptations to the 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM began last year, with the DTM car gaining the road-going version’s headlights and the twin blade grille. The first tests with the new vehicle are scheduled to take place during the winter.
“The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé will again set new standards for driving dynamics and design. So, the vehicle provides the ideal basis for our DTM car,” said head of Mercedes-AMG DTM, Ulrich Fritz. “I’m already looking forward to seeing the new car compete in 2016. Our aim with this vehicle is, of course, to continue the Mercedes-Benz success story in the DTM.”
With DTM regulations severely limiting areas for development, Mercedes-AMG states that ‘a large number of components have been taken from its tried and tested predecessor’.
“Obviously we will seek to continuously optimise the overall package and, consequently, the vehicle passes through various development processes and stages during the course of its entire life cycle as deemed necessary,” added Fritz. “Due to the regulations, changes to the aerodynamics below what is known as the design line are not permitted. The vehicle’s aerodynamics above the design line will, of course, be adapted to the new shape.”
The DTM series has enjoyed a successful 2015 season, with spectator numbers and ticket sales up trackside, whilst TV viewing figures have also risen by 23% in comparison to the previous year.