Racing never stops
The rule-set for the 2018 DTM season puts the driver into the spotlight again. And each of the 18 drivers of Audi, BMW and Mercedes will give his best to try and win the prestigious championship title for his brand – with DEKRA once again taking care of everybody's safety in order for drivers and fans to be able to enjoy DTM at its best. Because racing never stops.
At the forefront of DEKRA's involvement in DTM is the scrutineering process. During the technical inspection of all race cars DEKRA's experts – with Wolfgang Dammert leading a team of six – check whether the cars adhere to the rigorous rules set out in the Technical Regulations to ensure a level playing field. On the other hand, this thorough inspection process guarantees that only perfectly secure race cars take to the track on race weekends. Because in the end all that matters is making sure drivers, pit crews, officials and fans can enjoy motor racing safely.
Since 1989 DEKRA is a partner of DTM. From then the expert organization has closely followed and designed all developments in Germany's most important racing series and has actively pushed for more safety. Commissioned by the German Motor Racing Association (DMSB) as DTM's Official Technical Partner, it is DEKRA's task to make sure the rules are adhered to.
In order to monitor the technical aspects of DTM DEKRA specialists can rely on sophisticated systems, among them a 3D precision measuring arm which enables them to efficiently analyze details of up to 0.01 millimeters in size. From 2018 DEKRA also employs augmented reality for the first time. This is testament to the company's strive to make use of promising technologies for the purpose of ever improving its own processes.
DEKRA's to-do list in DTM is a comprehensive one: each racing season the expert organization completes up to 180 technical inspections of race cars. Furthermore, DEKRA staff apply around 11,000 seals to engines and tires. Last but not least they collect and analyze up to five terabyte of video footage and gather additional 2.5 terabyte of data about cars and engines.