DTM boss Berger sees an opportunity for climate protection in motorsport

In the opinion of former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger, motorsport has the opportunity to promote climate protection through further technical developments.

Under competitive pressure, development is much faster, said the Austrian in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. “Motorsport is a huge test field that is far from exhausted. Ultimately, not everything from the laboratory can be transferred to series production, but must be tested on the track,” emphasized the head of the German Touring Car Masters.

The engines used in Formula 1 are the most efficient in the world. There is no better efficiency, said Berger. “And as long as the other drive models are not the yellow of the egg, you have to take this technology seriously. There will be many combustion engines worldwide for quite a long time,” he said.

DTM working on “electrical program”

Berger pointed out that the turbocharger was further developed in racing and then used in series production. “Soon there will be non-fossil fuel. We’re working on an electrics program in the DTM, on an E-GT touring car,” explained the 62-year-old.

At the same time, he complained that development is not progressing as quickly as it could and that the costs are enormous.

“However, this development of a prototype is not cheap. In view of the world situation at the moment, the war in Ukraine, the impending recession, financing is not getting any easier. Everyone wants this technology, but nobody wants to pay,” said Berger.

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