Motorsport competitions featuring ZF products:
- Formula One
Formula One is, of course, the world’s top class of auto racing, and ZF supplies no less than four teams with damper technology: Ferrari, Sauber F1, Toro Rosso F1 and the new Haas F1 Team. In his first season with Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel blew through the competition to finish third in the F1 driver standings.
- FIA WEC World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 hours event
Porsche celebrated its first victory in the most important race on the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar, the Le Mans 24 Hours 2015, since returning to auto racing. The Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by the winning team – Earl Bamber, Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Tandy – is fitted with a ZF clutch. And Porsche’s two toughest opponents – Toyota with the TS040 Hybrid and Audi with the R18 e-tron quattro – also depend on ZF clutches. Porsche also claimed the WEC constructors’ title for 2015.
- Nürburgring 24-Hour Race
Seven of the top 10 teams taking part in the 24-hour endurance race on the Nürburgring were relying on ZF components, mainly racing clutches and damper systems – including the first four overall winners of the 24-hour event. Victory on the famous circuit in Germany’s Eifel mountains went to the new Audi R8 LMS, in the car’s very first 24-hour race. BMW followed in second place. Both GT3 sportscars are fitted with racing clutches from ZF Race Engineering. And in third place came the Porsche 911 – also equipped with clutches and dampers supplied by ZF.
- Porsche Carrera Cup
All of the 460-horsepower Porsche 911 GT3 cars in the field are equipped with gas-filled shock absorbers and racing clutches supplied by ZF. ZF brand ambassador Christian Engelhart took second place overall in the 2015 driver standings.
- Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM)
ZF partner BMW won the Constructor’s Championship at the DTM 2015. But ZF’s Formula Carbon Clutch 4/140Y also featured in the Mercedes driven by DTM Driver’s Champion Pascal Wehrlein, as well as all of the Audi, BMW and Mercedes vehicles. ZF brand ambassador Maxime Martin was also a DTM race winner in 2015 in his Samsung BMW M4 DTM.
- Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
All of the drivers in this series drive the current Porsche 911 GT3, based on the street-legal, lightweight 911 GT3 RS sportscar. ZF supplies the gas-filled shock absorbers and racing clutches for all of these 460-horsepower racers.
- Other Events and Commitments
In Japan’s Super GT series, cars in the GT500 class all drive on clutches made in Schweinfurt. And the Honda Civic in the FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship is also fitted with clutches and dampers from Schweinfurt. The 560-horsepower Volkswagen Beetle RX racing in the Global RallyCross Championship is equipped with ZF dampers. Other races featuring ZF technology: ADAC Opel Rallye Cup, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the U.S., Formula 3, Formula 4 and Super Formula. ZF Race Engineering is also keen to foster young racing talent. In partnership with the Porsche Junior Program, Deutsche Post Speed Academy and ADAC Sports Foundation, ZF’s motorsport subsidiary is passing on technical expertise to the next generation.