Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM
The DTM car used by the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team – the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM – has had a facelift for the 2016 season. The sporty and singular design language of the street version of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé has been adopted for the DTM entry. The most striking features are perhaps the dynamic design of the headlights and the characteristic AMG Twin Blade Grill of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé.
Development work on the new DTM car began in April 2015. Because of current DTM regulations, the scope for development was severely limited: the engine, the chassis, the aerodynamics and the unit components had to be taken forward unchanged from the previous model. The model change to the new C Class Coupé therefore gives the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team no competitive advantage over the other manufacturers contesting the series.
With regard to the aerodynamics, the regulations state that any modification below the so-called ‘design line’ is not permitted. In the area above this line (which is the same for all three manufacturers), the aerodynamics of the vehicle have been adapted to the new shape of the C-Class Coupé.
This procedure ensures that the design of the production car remains recognisable in the DTM car. For this purpose, a source point is defined on the middle of the front axle on the original production vehicle. The entire car is then scaled around this point, i.e. shortened, narrowed or broadened depending on the base vehicle. In this way, differences in production vehicles of varying sizes supplied by the three manufacturers are balanced out, thus ensuring a level playing field.