On the day following the 2015 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race, the ‘Class One’ steering committee, consisting of representatives of the Japanese GTA, the American IMSA and the DTM umbrella organisation ITR e.V., held its first meeting of the year and made ground-breaking decisions.
In September 2014, the three organisations agreed upon basic key parameters of the technical regulations and now, they passed the engine regulations.
In addition, they succeeded in defining the aerodynamics specs, with the details now having to be tested and developed to find out if they can be technically realised.
The ‘Class One’ cars will resemble today’s DTM and GTA vehicles in the areas body and aerodynamics a lot. The touring cars will be powered by new turbo charged four-cylinder engines producing about 600bhp.
To offer the different series the opportunity to compete with one another, the cars of the Japanese and German manufacturers will battle it out with one another in the framework of joint motor-racing events.
The premiere is supposed to take place at the end of the 2017 season in Japan and at the beginning of 2018, the other race will be contested in Germany.
The six manufacturers involved have agreed upon letting the organisations prepare a suitable concept. Currently, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz compete in the DTM while Honda, Nissan and Lexus are battling it out in Japan. As soon as the series has been started in the USA, the American manufacturers also will be involved.