Head of Mercedes DTM, Ulrich Fritz revealed that work on 2016’s beast alongside revelations that the new C63 features components already used on the current Mercedes DTM challenger. “The regulations severely limit areas for development, so a large number of components have been taken from its tried and tested predecessor. Obviously, in the DTM, we seek to continuously optimise the overall package and, consequently, the vehicle passes through various development processes and stages during the course of its entire life cycle as deemed necessary.”
Sitting second in this years Manufacturers standings, Fritz will be hoping next years C63 can help the three pointed star take its first DTM title since 2010 (courtesy of Paul Di Resta), maybe yet even second as Wehrlein is still very much in contention for this years crown.
Rival Manufacturers BMW plan to keep the BMW M4 Coupe for the 2016 season whilst Audi’s focus remains on 2015, with Ekstrom, Mortara and Green still in the hunt for the driver crown.
The DTM season returns to its German homeland next weekend at Oschersleben, stay tuned for a preview early next week.