While the 2016 season is still to kick-off this coming May, the DTM management already is working on the preparations for the coming years. ITR, the DTM management, has signed a deal with ATS Leichtmetallräder GmbH concerning the production and supply of control wheels. From 2017, all the DTM touring cars – no matter what brand – will race on the new ATS Schmiederad (forged wheel). With this agreement, ATS, brand of Uniwheels AG, will become the industry partner of the series as well as official and exclusive wheel supplier of DTM. The agreement stipulates a contract duration of three years.
The ATS motor-racing- and forged-wheel production based in Fußgönheim, Germany, already is working flat out. After all, the manufacturers involved in DTM, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, are supposed to be supplied with the first test wheels as early as this summer. The wheel will be forged aluminum wheels with a size of 12 inches x 18 inches for the front and 13 inches x inches for the rear axle. The new forged aluminim wheels will be made of a special high-strength alloy. The design of the wheels was optimized by dint of computer supported simulations, resulting in a wheel that meets the highest demands regarding ruggedness and solidity on the one hand and in a highly aesthetical look on the other. Numerous quality controls during the extremely complex production process makes sure that every wheel is manufactured within very tight weight tolerances within the limits of the stipulated minimum weight, thus guaranteeing equal opportunities for all the cars.
The coming wheel was designed and developed by ATS exclusively for DTM and will be produced solely in Germany. All this to guarantee the highest quality and the shortest possible response times.