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    • Mercedes-AMG is leaving DTM racing after 2018 for Formula E

      This is a bit of a shock. DTM racing in Germany is more competitive than ever because Audi, Mercedes, and BMW are all participating at the same time. While it is competitive how interesting is German Nascar? The cars have nothing at all to do with their street legal counterparts.


      Mercedes-AMG decided that rather than continue to race in DTM it makes more sense to focus on Formula E. This site agrees with them.

      Whether you like it or not electric drivetrains are the future and the technology trickle down will be helpful. The decision makes sense.

      Mercedes-AMG says they will continue to compete hard until the end of the 2018 season. The future of DTM is obviously greatly impacted by this move.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Mercedes-AMG is leaving DTM racing after 2018 for Formula E started by Sticky View original post
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      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        DTM is awful. I'd almost rather watch a NASCAR race.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        DTM is awful. I'd almost rather watch a NASCAR race.
        I have to agree with you.

        DTM was the coolest thing ever when E30 M3's were going head to head with Mercedes 190E's and even Alfa Romeo's.

        Now? Who cares. Nothing to do with the production cars.
      1. BLKROKT's Avatar
        BLKROKT -
        I don't know. I wanted to agree with you guys, but the race at Hockenheim this season was fantastic. How is this so different than Porsche Cup or Ferrari Challenge series, and I like watching that too. Probably a better comparison is Australian Supercars, and that's crazy to watch, it's like a mix of DTM and NASCAR. What do any Formula cars have to do with production cars either. I'm trying to say that there's always going to be something about that race car sound and smell etc that will never be exactly replaced by electric. The experience. It's never going to be as good to watch because there's no visceral sense or emotion behind it. They're fast, who cares.

        My gut says that I would have much rather seen them go the other way with big investment in Le Mans LMP1/2. That's still as high-tech as it gets and cool to watch. But my business sense says that they're just looking to diversify and hedge their bets by going way the other direction. I just don't see it catching on anytime soon though, you might as well watch drone racing.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BLKROKT Click here to enlarge
        How is this so different than Porsche Cup or Ferrari Challenge series, and I like watching that too.
        Those cars are based on street cars...

        I get what you're saying about the competition being close but I just can't get into it.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BLKROKT Click here to enlarge
        What do any Formula cars have to do with production cars either.
        You can have major engineering advantages in F1 that you do not see in DTM.