Akrapovič will be joining forces with Audi Sport during this season’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) as Mike Rockenfeller takes to the wheel of a unique Akrapovič Audi RS 5 DTM racing car in one of the world’s most exciting and competitive car racing championships.

 

Akrapovič will be joining forces with Audi Sport during this season’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) as Mike Rockenfeller takes to the wheel of a unique Akrapovič Audi RS 5 DTM racing car in one of the world’s most exciting and competitive car racing championships.

The Akrapovič Audi RS 5 DTM will be joined on the 2019 DTM grid by five other Akrapovič-equipped RS 5 DTM machines. These cars have an Akrapovič exhaust system developed for 2019 between Audi Sport and Akrapovič. This is a completely original and innovative system because new regulations will see turbochargers returning to the series for the first time since 1987. These finely tuned engines will have a two-litre capacity with direct injection, in place of last season’s 4.0L V8 naturally aspirated engines, and the new powerplants will have an exhaust exiting on the right side of the car. This season promises lots of excitement because the new turbocharged engines will produce 610 hp, the most powerful cars ever raced in DTM, and among other new things will feature a bigger rear wing with DRS (Drag Reduction System) and a Push-to-Pass function with extra power for overtaking.
 
The Akrapovič Audi RS 5 DTM will make its racing debut at the Hockenheimring during the weekend of 3–5 May before the championship heads to seven more European circuits: Zolder (Belgium), Misano (Italy), Norisring (Germany), Assen (Netherlands), Brands Hatch (UK), Lausitzring (Germany), and Nürburgring (Germany). This will be followed by the culmination of the season back at the Hockenheimring on the weekend of 4–6 October, when the Akrapovič colours on the Audi RS 5 DTM will be competing for championship success.
 
Romolo Liebchen, Head of Purchasement, Qualitycontrol and Partnerships Audi Motorsport, Audi AG:
“We are proud to have Akrapovič as our partner for 10 years now. Our partnership is not only a sponsorship, which means having a full branded car for the DTM season 2019. Furthermore we develop our exhaust systems together and could realize some projects for Audi’s production cars.”
 
Uroš Rosa, Akrapovič d.d. CEO:
The beginnings of Akrapovič’s partnership with Audi Sport were humble, but always involved great respect for each other’s skills and knowledge. The dedication to strive for the best performance, lightweight design, and endurance has carried us to many successes. Le Mans victories with the R15 TDI plus, R18 TDI, and R18 e-tron quattro racing cars were memorable, and future victories in the DTM turbo era will be the next milestone. Therefore I’m really proud that in our tenth year we are having a fully Akrapovič branded Audi RS 5 DTM. Supplier-purchaser relationships come and go, but true partnerships last for a long time. Thanks to everyone at Audi Sport for these amazing 10 years.