Motorsport in Australia

Craig Lowndes trusts SACHS Shock Absorbers & Clutches on and off the race track

Over the past 12 seasons, Australian motorsport legend Craig Lowndes has relied exclusively on SACHS shock absorbers and clutches in his Triple 8 Race Engineering prepared V8 Supercars, with the combination proving to be incredibly successful. Together, SACHS and Lowndes have claimed more than 50 V8 Supercars Championship race victories, including five Bathurst 1000 titles. Not only does Lowndes rely on SACHS components in his TeamVortex Holden Commodore, but the team’s Iveco truck and transporter are factory-fitted with SACHS shock absorbers and clutch.

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Craig Lowndes Continues to Rely on SACHS in 2017

Craig Lowndes Continues to Rely on SACHS in 2017

  • Fifth straight year for Craig Lowndes as the SACHS Brand Ambassador in Australia
  • Lowndes has won 105 Supercar races, with 53 relying on SACHS shock absorbers and clutches
  • The 2017 Supercar season will be the 13th straight season for Lowndes racing on SACHS products
Australian motorsport legend Craig Lowndes will continue to rely on SACHS shock absorbers and clutches in 2017, signing on for a fifth straight year as the official ambassador for the brand.

Over the past 12 seasons, Lowndes has relied exclusively on SACHS shock absorbers and clutches in his Triple Eight Race Engineering-prepared Supercars, including his latest TeamVortex Commodore.

Together, SACHS and Lowndes have claimed 53 Supercars Championship race victories, including five Bathurst 1000 titles.

Not only does Lowndes trust and rely on SACHS components whilst on the race track, but the team’s Iveco truck and transporter are factory-fitted with shock absorbers and clutch from the SACHS commercial vehicle range.

Throughout 2017, SACHS branding will be prominently displayed on Lowndes’ helmet and racesuit, and the logo currently appearing on his TeamVortex Commodore.

Additionally, as part of SACHS’ long-term partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering, the SACHS logo currently features on the Supercars of Lowndes‘ teammates Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen.

For Lowndes, a fully trained motor mechanic, working with SACHS products on and off the race track comes naturally.

“No question, when I am representing SACHS, I am able to talk about the brand and products with genuine first-hand experience,” Lowndes said.

“I don’t think that there’s a day that goes by that I don’t put my trust in a SACHS product in some form.”

According to ZF, SACHS’ parent company, having a credible ambassador in Australia is essential to its aftermarket strategy.

“Craig is obviously immensly popular and widely recognised across Australia, but it is his crediblity that brings so much to the SACHS brand,“ ZF Services Australia, Managing Director, Mark Sookias said.

“Craig genuinly uses our products and has real-world workshop experience with it. His background as a motor mechanic means that he really understands the products and their performance. So when he talks about safety, reliability, performance and trust, you know you can rely on what he says.

“We are proud of our long-term partnership with Craig and are looking forward to supporting him in his championship challenge this season.”

ZF is an original supplier to manufacturers worldwide, with its SACHS brand offering a wide range of shock absorbers for the aftermarket as well as an OE quality solution for a comprehensive range of vehicles on Australian roads.

Locally, motorsport products like the SACHS Formula Matrix dampers and carbon racing clutch are available through Triple Eight Race Engineering, while the full aftermarket range is available via ZF Services Australia.

For detailed application information on the full SACHS range, visit zf.com/au or contact ZF Services Australia for further information via 1800 ZF SALES (93 72537).

Craig Lowndes Wins First Race for TeamVortex

  • Craig Lowndes wins first race for TeamVortex
  • Lowndes is currently leading the 2016 V8 Supercar Championship

SACHS Brand Ambassador Craig Lowndes is currently leading the 2016 V8 Supercar Championship after a stellar performance at the Perth SuperSprint over the weekend.

Lowndes scored TeamVortex’s first-ever win with a finely judged victory at Barbagallo Raceway, marking his 104th career win overall. He overcame tricky weather conditions in Saturday’s Race 8 of the Supercar Championship, before backing up with a close-fought third in Sunday’s Race 9.

These two podium finishes have put him into the lead of the 2016 Supercar Championship, 42 points ahead of Triple Eight team-mate Jamie Whincup who came third in Saturday’s race.

“It's terrific to get TeamVortex's first win and Triple Eight's first podium lockout in a championship race,” Craig Lowndes said following Saturday’s race victory.

“Now we leave this weekend and head to Winton leading the championship, and that’s a great outcome for Team Vortex.

“Although Winton hasn’t always been our best track, we go there with confidence after this weekend and with a car and team that has really gelled now. Can’t wait.”

Lowndes will next head to Victoria for the Woodstock Winton SuperSprint, scheduled from May 20-22.

The Triple Eight Race Engineering prepared machines of Lowndes and Whincup as well as team-mate Shane Van Gisbergen are all fitted with SACHS Formula Matrix Dampers, as well as SACHS carbon racing clutches, with the combination winning a total of seven V8 Supercar titles.

Not only is SACHS an original supplier to manufacturers worldwide, including local Australian-built vehicles, the SACHS range of replacement shock absorbers offers an OE quality solution for a comprehensive range of vehicles on Australian roads.

Locally, motorsport products like the SACHS Formula Matrix dampers and carbon racing clutch are available through Triple 8 Race Engineering, while the full aftermarket range is available via ZF Services Australia, with details available at www.zf.com/au.





SACHS Ambassador Lowndes Wins Sixth Bathurst Crown

SACHS Ambassador Lowndes Wins Sixth Bathurst Crown

SACHS Brand Ambassador Craig Lowndes has claimed his sixth Bathurst 1000, cementing his place as one of the all-time greats of Australian motorsport.

Sharing driving duties with Steven Richards, who claimed his fourth career Great Race crown, the pair were front runners throughout the race, and skipped away from the field after a late-race safety car appearance.

The pair started the race from 15th position, after rain interrupted the sole qualifying session of the event.

“It’s such a treat to be able to win my sixth Bathurst 1000,” said Lowndes.

“It really is a team effort and it’s all about strategy.

“It’s great to be back on the podium.

“That last lap I backed off and really enjoyed the lap for what it was, I could see the crowd going wild across the top and saw their flags flying.

“It’s a great time for us and it’s great to get back on the podium and to be on the top step with Steven.

“It’s an honour to have our names on the Peter Brock Trophy. We worked pretty hard today, our car got better as the day went on which is what we needed.

“I think I’m pretty set for the year now after winning Bathurst.”

Over the past 11 seasons, Lowndes has depended exclusively on SACHS shock absorbers and clutches in his Triple Eight Race Engineering V8 Supercars, and has earned a total of 49 championship race wins.

In a total of 22 Bathurst 1000 starts, Lowndes now has 13 podium finishes to his credit, a new all-time record, while he also claimed victory in the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour.

The result comes after SACHS products have won the past seven V8 Supercars Championships, and the past five team’s championships with Triple Eight.

For SACHS and parent company ZF, Lowndes’s victory is a massive boost for the brand locally.

“On behalf of ZF, we would like to congratulate Craig, Steven and all of the Red Bull Racing Australia team on their remarkable effort to win the Bathurst 1000 over the weekend,” said ZF Services Australia Managing Director Chris Adcock.

“Earlier this year Craig claimed his 100th career race victory, which has a fantastic synergy with 2015 being ZF’s 100th year.

“Craig is the perfect Brand Ambassador for SACHS, he is one of the most recognisable sports stars in Australia, and he actually relies on our products on the race track and on the road.

“Of course what we do here at ZF on the race track is use the latest technologies, and transfer that into the products we have for everyday passenger cars.

“We wish Craig and the team all the very best for the remaining rounds in the season.”

Not only does Lowndes depend on SACHS components in his Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore, but the team's truck and transporter are fitted with shock absorbers from the wide SACHS' commercial vehicle range.

In the passenger car aftermarket, SACHS has a shock absorber solution for 95 percent of the cars in Australia, including European, American, Asian and locally produced models.

The partnership with Lowndes sees SACHS branding placed on the highly visible visor of his distinctive helmet, as well on his driving suit.

Locally, SACHS motorsport products are available through Triple Eight Race Engineering for the track, while the full range of SACHS shock absorbers and clutches for the road is available through ZFServices Australia.

SACHS Ambassador Lowndes Claims 100th Victory

SACHS Ambassador Lowndes Claims 100th Victory

SACHS Brand Ambassador Craig Lowndes claimed his 100th career V8 Supercar victory at Hidden Valley Raceway, the first driver in the history of the sport to achieve the feat.

The victory, his third for season 2015, came in the 888th Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercar race contested since 1960, the same number as his Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore.

The success also carries synergies for SACHS’ parent company ZF, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015 as a leading global driveline and chassis technology supplier.

Relying on SACHS Formula Matrix Dampers and a SACHS carbon racing clutch, Lowndes was able to power ahead in an action packed race, with the result cementing his position in the top-two championship positions.

“For me, it’s just been a great career and I’ve been fortunate enough to be in some very good teams,” said Lowndes.

“Part of me is just so thankful to get it over and done with and get the 100th win.

“It’s nice to now finally have it done so I’ll try and get 101 now.

“It’s a great feeling! It’s a credit to the team as at the beginning of the race we didn’t know if we had the speed.

“For me it’s been fantastic.”

Lowndes’ top-line touring car career started with a bang in 1994 on his Bathurst 1000 debut, when he placed second after passing the car of John Bowe late in the running.

His championship debut came in 1996, where he won on his first outing, before going on to claim the overall title.

Throughout his 19 year career, Lowndes has won five Bathurst 1000 crowns and three V8 Supercar Championships, for outfits such as the Holden Racing Team, 00 Motorsport, Ford Performance Racing, and his current squad, Triple 8 Race Engineering.

Over the past 11 seasons, Lowndes has depended exclusively on SACHS shock absorbers and clutches, and has earned a total of 48 championship race wins.

Not only does Lowndes depend on SACHS components in his Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore, but the team's truck and transporter are fitted with shock absorbers from the wide SACHS' commercial vehicle range.

In the passenger car aftermarket, SACHS has a shock absorber solution for 95 percent of the cars in Australia, including European, American, Asian and locally produced models.

The partnership with Lowndes sees SACHS branding placed on the highly visible visor of his distinctive helmet, as well on his driving suit.

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