Report: Japanese Super GT & German DTM Manufacturers to Compete in Joint Races

Lexus Super GT 500

The Japanese Super GT and German DTM race series will combine for joint races beginning in 2017 — from Sportscar 365:

A steering committee meeting between the German and Japanese-based series, as well as IMSA, last weekend, confirmed the new engine configurations, as well as the proposed aerodynamic specifications that will go into effect beginning in 2017.

The regulations, known as “Class One”, will see all cars powered by new four-cylinder turbocharged engines producing around 600 horsepower. The cars will resemble current DTM and Super GT500 machinery.

All six current manufacturers — Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan and Lexus — have agreed on the shared platform, and all are scheduled to participate in the joint races. The additional competition is sure to bring more general interest, making this a smart and significant move for both race series.

The first standalone DTM/Super GT race will take place in Japan at the end of 2017, with an second race scheduled for Germany in early 2018.