Schumacher Unveils 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe in Frankfurt [Photo Gallery]
The new German-bread racer comes with an advanced arbon fiber monocoque plus a roll cage made of high-strength steel. To take care of the race driver, each vehicle will come equipped with six energy-absorbing crash structures, which will offer additional protection to the front, rear and sides.
The power comes from a 4.0-liter racing V8 that puts out 500 horsepower. This is mated to a six-speed pneumatically operated sequential gearbox that shifts through steering wheel mounted paddles. To cope with the power, the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe has double wishbone suspension.
“Mercedes-Benz chose the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt to present the new 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé. The new car is the successor to the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which scored 84 victories in 156 races to become the most successful vehicle in the 27-year history of the DTM. HWA AG began development, design and construction of the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé in June 2010. The first chassis was assembled in June 2011, with the first vehicle completed in August,” the automaker says.
“This new-generation vehicle, based on our Mercedes-Benz C- Coupé, signals the introduction of an even more spectacular racing car from the start of 2012. I am certain that the spectators will get their money's worth from the three-way fight between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the DTM next year,” added Norbert Haug, Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
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