The Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM
A new set of rules, new aerodynamic regulations and new tyres, the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team faced plenty of fresh challenges when developing the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM for the 2017 season. The go-ahead to commence development of the new car was given at the end of 2015.
Unlike in previous years, though, many changes to the technical regs first had to be taken into account, including the introduction of a not inconsiderable number of standard components - including all suspension components as well as aerodynamic parts such as the wing, the front diffuser and the Floor. Development of all the standard components continued until August, 2016. More than 70 percent of parts are new on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM compared to its predecessor.
While the main focus was on the standard components, the team were already working on updating their wind tunnel model from spring 2016 onwards. At this stage, the team involved in the car’s development began to generate and test their ideas in wind tunnel sessions.
The first components had to be ready for production as autumn approached. That process usually begins with the vehicle’s interior, its fire walls and all the carbon-fibre parts, roof and windows. While the team have to make decisions regarding large components at a relatively early, the designers and engineers try to leave details such as aero-flicks and body attachments as late as possible in order to extract the last little ounce of performance.