The DTM has confirmed that it will introduce a development freeze after the next race at the Nurburgring to help reduce costs. The freeze, which will come in on August 17, will prevent Mercedes and Audi from further developing parts including aerodynamics, the safety cell and roll cage, wheel arms, steering system and engines. It will also apply for 2010, with the manufacturers agreeing not to produce new cars for next year, allowing them to focus on finalising the new technical regulations for the 2011 season.
Hans Werner Aufrecht, boss of series promoter the ITR said: "I applaud the decision not to pursue any elaborate new developments and to compete with the current range of cars next season as well. That gives us planning stability for next year already, and sufficient time to develop new DTM regulations for 2011."
Audi's head of motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich added that the series still hopes to attract new manufacturers when it introduces its new rules in 2011.
"Mercedes-Benz and Audi have worked together in a constructive way to come to this solution," said Ullrich. "As new technical regulations are being envisaged for 2011 which are meant to make it easier for other car manufacturers to enter the DTM, freezing the technology for 2010 is sensible."