Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

 

MERCEDES-AMG C 63 DTM

When work began on the 2017 version of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM in late 2015, the engineers faced three major challenges: a new set of rules, new aerodynamic regulations and new tyres fries partner Hankook. One season later, they once again had to cope with revised aerodynamic regulations and changes for the 2018 season.

For example, DTM cars will have only one smallish aerk on each side at the front of the vehicle from this season onwards. In addition, adjustments have had to be made to the front apron, the side channel and the side panel under the doors, which has been removed. Also, the third element on the front axle has been eliminated, so that only linear coil springs are used. Reducing the aerodynamic attachments has also reduced the downforce of the car by about one third compared to last year.

“I think it’s great,” says Gary Ptt. “The homologation of these components puts all the teams on a more level plahat’s exactly what we all want. There has been a lot of talk about the lower downforce, but quite honestly it still feels like a DTM car.”

The 2005 DTM champion sees many advantages in driving with less downforce, as the es compensate for it with mechanical grip. “I think we’ve got a pretty good balance this year, and the cars will be a bit harder to drive in both the dry and the wet,” adds Gary. “Hopefully, this will put the focus more on driver skills rather than pure vehicle performance.”

 

TECHNICAL DATA: MERCEDES-AMG C 63 DTM

Chassis:
Carbon fibre monocoque with steel roll cage,
front, lateral and rear crash structures,
bonnet, doors, side panels and wings in carbon fibre
Length: 5,080 mm
Width: 1,950 mm
Height: 1,210 mm
Minimum weight: 1,115 kg

Aerodynamics:
Standard rear wing, flat floor, front and rear diffuser as well as partially homologated bodywork components

Engine:
Capacity: 4.0 Liter
Performance: 360 KW at 7,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 500 Nm

Transmission:
Standard 6-speed transverse-mounted gearbox,
rear-wheel drive, pneumatically operated sequential gear shift on steering wheel, mechanical differential lock without traction control, carbon fibre cardan shaft,
4-plate carbon fibre clutch operated by foot pedal

Suspension:
Standard double wishbones with spring/damper units to front and rear axles, actuated via pushrods

Brakes:
Standard carbon braking system without ABS

Steering:
Standard rack and pinion steering with power assistance

Wheels / tyres:
Standard aluminium wheels, control tyres

Front:
Wheels: 12x18
Tyres: 300 / 680 R18

Rear:
Wheels: 13x18
Tyres: 320 / 710 R18

 

 

 

 

Hans Werner Aufrecht

Chairman of the supervisory board

Engineer, founder, entrepreneur, manager, motorsport enthusiast – Hans Werner Aufrecht is combining multiple personalities. Together with Erhard Melcher, the Swabian visionary founded the company AMG in 1967. In 1998, he transferred its motorsport activities to HWA that was founded by him. At the same time, his name is substantially connected with the success of the DTM that he presided over for many years. His passion for performance at the highest level still influences the HWA spirit.

Ulrich Fritz

Management board (CEO)

Ulrich Fritz’s heart is beating to the rhythm of motorsport. At Mercedes-AMG, he initiated, among others, the globally successful Customer Racing Programme and contributed with his know-how to the global brand communication. On 1 December, 2013, he made the transfer to the HWA AG management board that he has been presiding over since 2016. Moreover, in his capacity as the Mercedes-AMG DTM team principal, he is making a significant contribution to the success story of the race cars from Affalterbach.