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  Audi V8 Quattro DTM
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1992
Internal name:R6
Predecessor:Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 25, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionOver the winter, subtle changes were made to the design, including the addition of front and rear spoilers. Frank Biela joined Stuck as one of Audi's two full-time drivers. Along with Mercedes' Klaus Ludwig they dominated the season. Biela and Stuck had a difficult start but once the championship reached Avus, they were back on top, winning a race each. The title race went down the wire and Biela only managed to secure his first DTM title with a pair of wins at Hockenheim. Stuck ended the year third behind Biela and Ludwig.

Fed up with Audi's dominance, the rivalling teams successfully lobbied to have the minimum weight of the V8 Quattro raised to 1,300 kg. This prompted Audi's engineers to try and extract more power from the V8 engine. Their solution was to replace the cross-plane crankshaft with a flat-plane crankshaft, allowing the engine to rev much higher. Trouble was that the rules did not permit this, so Audi initially convinced the governing body that they had created the flat-plane crank by twisting the stock component.

Despite protests over the 'illegal' crankshaft, Audi was allowed to start the season. Biela and Stuck were again the lead drivers. Biela won the first race of the second race, which was a rare highlight that year. The protests nevertheless continued and after round six, the flat-plane V8 was deemed illegal after all. Audi suspended their DTM program with immediate effect and the German manufacturer would not return with a manufacturer effort for over a decade.

With the V8 Quattro DTM, known internally as the R6, Audi managed to produce a third all-new racing car that proved hugely successful in as many years. Following their withdrawal from DTM, the German manufacturer continued their winning ways with the A4-based super touring car from 1994 onwards.

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