DTM electric: Sophia Flörsch tames the electric beast

Flörsch tames the DTM’s electric beast

Sophia Flörsch was able to test the electrifying future of the DTM for AUTO BILD

D.he beauty and the beast… Sophia Flörsch (19) has already driven formula cars, LMP2 cars and extreme electric SUVs. But this electric monster catapults Germany’s fastest female racing driver into the future of the DTM!

As Schaeffler’s new brand ambassador, Flörsch was able to tame a demo version of the racing car at the DTM finale in Hockenheim, which will be used in the DTM Electric from 2023. The impressive data of the electrifying monster: 1200 hp from four electric motors (one per wheel), all-wheel drive, electronic steering, two high-voltage batteries with 64 kWh. Built by the automotive supplier from Herzogenaurach.
“A mega car,” enthuses Flörsch. “When you start driving, you are pushed hard into the seat. The 1200 hp are immediately transferred to the wheels, all four pushing straight forward. The car literally screams for more. ”Top speed: 340 km / h!

Sophia Flörsch was allowed to drive the new DTM electric racer
Test drive in Hockenheim

© Schaeffler

Thanks to the DTM, Flörsch discovered her love for electromobility. “Gas is not quite as sensitive with combustion engines as with electric cars,” she says. “The responsiveness here is very impressive. You have to have a lot more feeling in the gas foot than in the gasoline engine.

The Munich resident doesn’t even miss the roar of the engine in the electric beast: “You hear a high hum from the gearbox. I don’t miss anything in the car. ”1200 electric horsepower: the DTM prototype is the most powerful electric racing car in the world. For comparison: A Formula E car only generates 340 hp, the ID.R, with which VW holds the electric record on the Nordschleife, 680 hp. Also means: The electric DTM could become stronger than the current Formula 1.
A prototype is to be developed from the demo vehicle next year. Car manufacturers can later use their own silhouette. Flörsch: “I think this car can lure the manufacturers back into the DTM, because Formula E lacks their own DNA.”
Schaeffler is to become the series’s strategic partner in the future and build the basis for the cars. The plan includes sprint races lasting around 30 minutes and the possibility of automated battery changes during the pit stop. But also the use of hydrogen instead of batteries. Then also with Flörsch at the wheel? “The DTM has always been an option. I’ll never close the door. ”


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