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1996 ITC

April 1, 2010 by Rudolph

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1996 saw the DTM disappear to be replaced by the ITC, which had now become a world championship with 13 double events under its belt: opening in Hockenheim and closing in Suzuka. Alfa Corse fielded no fewer than eight official 155 cars.

The 1996 car was a further development of the ill-fated 1995 "Step 2": the track was widened by 30 mm because the standard production car had also been widened. The tank arrangement and aerodynamic configuration were also altered. The transmission was improved with the adoption of a sophisticated X-Trac transmission, while the power unit was further improved to the threshold of 460 HP. The electronics was upgraded to a new Magneti Marelli system.

All 1996 cars represented the maximum flowering of technology applied to racing cars, which were allowed to develop virtually untrammeled in an era when even Formula 1 had adopted extremely strict regulations, particularly on electronics.[1] Per laptop the cars were setup. The engineers developed electronic driver aids such as traction control and anti-lock braking system, which today are found in almost every road car.

The season developed into a thriller, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and Opel all went on the same level. In exciting race there was a lot of overtaking.[2] 

During the championship the Nurburgring debut of the new Lancia-based 90° 6V engine (2498 cc, 98 x 55,2 mm, 490 HP at 12,000 rpm) put Alessandro Nannini back in the running for the title. At least until the penultimate event in San Paolo, where wins by Nannini and Larini were not enough to snatch the title from the Opel Calibra driven by Manuel Reuter.

Already in Magny-Cours Alfa Romeo had stated its intention of abandoning the championship. This decision was soon followed by Opel, thus writing the last chapter in the short yet exciting era of the ITC. Escalating costs (following liberalisation of the electronics and suspension, Mercedes soared to a new level of technology in 1996 with the wholesale adoption of composite materials for the chassis) and failure to achieve proportional feedback in the media and market put a premature end to the championship.[1]

The fans stayed away. Not only because of the high ticket prices. In the DTM visitors could closely approach the drivers in the paddock; in the ITC they had to stay out. At this point it also became too expensive to the teams.[2]

The car

The drivers

In a Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI 1996:

  • No 5 Alessandro Nannini (I), Alfa Corse Martini Racing
  • No 6 Nicola Larini (I), Alfa Corse Martini Racing
  • No 9 Stefano Modena (I), Alfa Corse J.A.S.
  • No 10 Michael Bartels (D), Alfa Corse J.A.S.
  • No 14 Giancarlo Fisichella (I), Alfa Corse TV Spielfilm
  • No 15 Christian Danner (D), Alfa Corse TV Spielfilm
  • No 18 Gabriele Tarquini (I), Alfa Corse J.A.S.

In a Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI 1995 "Evo":

  • No 13 Gianni Giudici (I), privateer
  • No 14 Giancarlo Fisichella (I), Alfa Corse TV Spielfilm
  • No 18 Gabriele Tarquini (I), Alfa Corse J.A.S.
  • No 19 Jason Watt (DK), Alfa Corse J.A.S.
  • No 19 Naoki Hattori (J), Alfa Corse J.A.S.
  • No 19 Max Wilson (BRA), Alfa Corse J.A.S.

ITC Calendar

14.04.1996 Hockenheim (D), Rennsport-Festival
12.05.1996 Nürburgring (D), Eifelrennen
26.05.1996 Estoril (P), ITC Estoril
09.06.1996 Helsinki (SF), Thunder Helsinki
23.06.1996 Norisring (D), 200 Meilen von Nürnberg
07.07.1996 Diepholz (D), Flugplatzrennen Diepholz
18.08.1996 Silverstone (GB), ITC Silverstone
01.09.1996 Nürburging (D), Großer Preis der Tourenwagen
15.09.1996 Magny Cours (F), ITC Magny Cours
29.09.1996 Mugello (I), ITC Mugello
13.10.1996 Hockenheim (D), DMV-Preis Hockenheim
27.10.1996 Interlagos (BRA), ITC São Paolo
10.11.1996 Suzuka (J), ITC Suzuka


1. Races, DTM - ITC; 2010.
2. MOTORSPORT-TOTAL.COM: DTM-Geschichte, Die "alte" DTM; 2010.
3. Registro storico Alfa 155 Superturismo: Corse; anno 1992.
External links
Die "alte" DTM - website
Die Rennen der ITC  1996 - website
Race s, DTM - ITC - website
Registro storico Alfa 155 Superturismo - 155ST's channel on YouTube
Season 1996  - website DTM (ITR e.V., Wiesbaden) [Deu tsch]

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