By combining turbocharging with gasoline direct injection, Audi has leveraged its superior advantage to set numerous records in the 2019 DTM season.
Since as far back as 2001, Audi has been combining turbocharging with gasoline direct injection (TFSI) in its production cars. When this technology was rolled out in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM), the brand leveraged its added experience to set numerous records in the 2019 season.
The four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the Audi RS5 DTM is the most efficient and powerful engine in the company's DTM history The four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the Audi RS5 DTM is the most efficient and powerful engine in the company's DTM history. In its first year of racing, Audi's engineers extracted more than 601bhp from the powerplant with just a 2.0-litre displacement.
In terms of reliability, the new engine was exemplary as well. Audi was the only manufacturer to use no more than the allocated number of 1.5 engines per car, and therefore did not suffer any deduction of points in the manufacturers' championship. At the end of the season, Pietro Fittipaldi's engine had the highest mileage with more than 5,000km.
Even before the end of the season, Audi secured all three titles in the drivers', manufacturers' and teams' championships in 2019. As a result, the brand scored its third triple DTM win after 2004 and 2017.
Audi won the manufacturers' championship with a 582-point advantage - marking the largest one in DTM history, and was also the first manufacturer ever to score more than 1,000 points in one DTM season. In as many as three races in 2019, Audi netted the maximum number of points in the manufacturers' classification.
With 12 victories, 12 pole positions, 12 fastest laps, 40 out of 54 possible podium finishes and all three championship titles, the brand achieved the most successful DTM season overall in the company's history.