• Dec 8, 2009
Germany's DTM series is presently contested by just two automakers, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. In an effort to increase manufacturer participation, global reach, and television audiences, Autosport reports that DTM's overseers to be talking to Japan's Super GT series organizers about a tie-up. The GT500 class includes Honda, Lexus, Nissan, and a single Aston Martin DBR9.

The talks are centered around letting the cars race together, not DTM and Super GT actually coming together. The hurdles would be rationalizing the specifications: GT500 racers employ a different construction, as the series doesn't mandate spec electronics, tire, gearbox, differential, fuel, and brake suppliers as in DTM. However, Super GT does have its own way of creating parity and close racing, using restrictor plates and pit stop regulations.

If the two can find a way to come together, it might encourage BMW to join the series and bring its American Le Man M3 to the party. The Munich marque has resisted DTM, saying it isn't interested in a series so heavily focused on Germany. Don't get any hopes up, though – the Super GT management said they don't see the link-up as "a matter for the very near future."

[Source: Autosport | Image: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If the DTM and Super GT series came together, it would become the greatest racing series on plant earth and maybe the universe. So logically, THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These two series are way too different. DTM is basically a spec race nowadays. I have no idea how this would work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That sounds way to good for anyone to actually pursue it. It just makes too much sense. I would love it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        SuperGT GT500 series is also almost a spec-series, all cars are required to use a 3.4L V-8 limited to 500hp (granted, due to some wiggling room, Nissan uses a 4.5L V-8, and there are other configurations, but all cars have a 500 hp cap). As rules evolve they are making it so that only RWD V8s will be allowed to race.

        GT300 is a little more closer to production, and are meant for priavteers.

        In reality, DTM and SuperGT are very close. There are some aero and engine differences (DTM uses 4L V8s), but those differences can be ironed out over time and SuperGT is pretty accommodating with the rules. Moving forward it would be wonderful to see all these cars competing with each other.

        Maybe in the future we can have an American involvement as well as these touring cars go more global; Mustang, Camaros, and Challengers going up against DTM Astras, TTs, M3s, CLKs, and SuperGT GT-Rs, SCs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forget DTM anyways. JGTC (FIA GT) is a better series.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nagmashot
        +1

        that true.

        german hitech @ their glance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        just to get it into perspective... each DTM season is viewed by ~1billion TV viewers world wide, about ~720,000spectators visit the races ... the Super GT races (JGTC successor) is visit by 329,000 spectators and they estimate that they have 200million TV viewers world wide each season...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Engines are not regulated in Spuer GT. After all Honda used V6s until recently and is aiming to replace their current campaign NSX with a V10 car. And there is a DBR9 in the series right now. Which has a V12
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be a good thing for automotive enthusiasts. I always wondered why there were no DTM cars in SuperGT, can't wait to see how this turns out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        oops, sorry, I meant to respond to "Shou" below.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is regulated, for the GT500 a 3.4L V8 is suppose to be the spec engine. This is because Super GT wants to make the engines compatible with their Formula Nippon as well as LeMans and series like IRL.

        However, wavers are handed out for this last season, which is why Nissan and the NSX were allowed to run. Starting 2010 the NSX is no longer homologated, and Nissan will need to show a good faith effort in moving to the 3.4L V8s. Honda will merely use the same engine as in their Acura ARX LMP racers from ALMS.

        Also, cars like the DBR9 are allowed to enter because Super GT is made compatible with FIA GT regulations, a GT1 homologated car is allowed to race, but with some modifications.

        The goal with DTM is that they want to make it further compatible with other touring car championships. Have a more global presence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please please please do it!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be great...if these races were even televised here in the States. :(
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