HistoryThe Fascination of Motorsports

ZF components and systems contribute to the success of Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher and rally legend Walter Röhrl, at Le Mans and in the Paris-Dakar Rally, in Grand Prix cars, heavy-duty racing trucks, and in many more motorsports events.

2014 "Official Supplier" of Super-GT in Japan

ZF becomes "Official Supplier" of the Super-GT in Japan.

The GT500 series puts exclusively on a clutch from ZF.

2014 Official partner of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

ZF becomes official series partner of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

In addition to the presence at the race track, ZF offers US motorsports fans the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes of professional motorsports as a ZF Race Reporter.

2013 Volkswagen Motorsport wins Rally World Championship

Volkswagen uses high tech clutches and shock absorbers from ZF for its start into the Rally Championship and wins the manufacterers' championship as well as the drivers' and co-drivers' championship right away.

2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

ZF provides the Audi R18 at the 24h race of Le Mans with its clutch and a special racing steering.

2012 "Official Supplier" of DTM

  • ZF becomes "Official Supplier" of the DTM, and all three DTM teams are equipped with ZF high tech clutches from Schweinfurt/Germany.
  • ZF partner BMW wins the manufacturer ranking of the DTM.

2010 Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso finishes season as championship runner-up

Fernando Alonso, who relies on ZF Sachs Race Engineering dampers in his Ferrari, finished seventh at the Formula 1 final in AbuDhabi.

As a result, he concluded the season as championship runner-up.

2009 ZF Sachs equips the newly formed Brawn GP team with rotational dampers

  • In the 2009 season, Team Brawn GP using ZF Sachs Race Engineering shock absorbers achieves a sensation: Having existed for less than a year, the team, which was newly assembled from the cancelled Honda factory project, wins the Driver's World Championship with Jenson Button as well as the Constructor's World Champion title. ZF Sachs also supplies the teams BMW Sauber (shock absorbers, Official Supplier), Scuderia Ferrari (shock absorbers), Toyota (clutches), and Toro Rosso (shock absorbers and clutches).

  • Volkswagen makes history at the Rally Dakar 2009 as the first manufacturer in the 30-year history of the race to win the overall victory with a diesel engine. The Race Touareg II is fitted with special high-performance shocks and clutches by ZF Sachs Race Engineering.

  • The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans also remain a very successful course for ZF Sachs Race Engineering technology, with Audi winning ahead of Peugeot in 2008 and Peugeot before Audi in 2009. Both cars use ZF Sachs clutches. In 2008 and 2009 Timo Scheider (Audi) wins the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) twice in a row with a Sachs clutch.
  • SEAT wins the Manufacturers category in the 2008 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with clutches and shock absorbers by ZF Sachs. ZF Sachs also equips many manufacturers' cups (like the Porsche Carrera Cup) and new talent races (like the Formula BMW, Formula 3, Formula ADAC) with clutches and shocks.

2007 Official Supplier of the BMW Sauber F1 Team

  • In the American Le Mans Series, Porsche triumphs with its RS Spyder using ZF Sachs clutches and shocks, winning the LM P2 category and 8 overall victories.
  • Wins are also scored in the Formula BMW Talent Cup in Europe, Asia, and America, and in mass racing with the Porsche factory teams in the Carrera Cup and Mobil 1 Supercup.

  • Since 2007 ZF Sachs has a close Official Supplier relationship with the BMW Sauber F1 Team for rotational dampers, which wins second place in the Constructor category. The Ferrari, Spyker, Honda, Toyota, Williams and Super Aguri teams also rely on ZF Sachs' high-tech products.
  • Since entering Formula 1 as a sponsor and supplier in 1993, ZF Sachs' partners have achieved 99 victories, seven Constructor titles, and over 2700 World Championship points
  • Michael Schumacher ends the 2006 season and his outstanding career as Vice World Champion. He relied on ZF Sachs shock absorbers in his Ferrari.
  • The company's partners gain more titles and wins in the other two FIA world championships (Touring cars and Rally), the German Touring Car Masters (DTM), and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2001 ZF Sachs AG becomes part of the ZF group

In 2001 ZF Sachs AG becomes part of the ZF Friedrichshafen AG, with more than 58,000 employees a world-leading supplier for the automotive industry, utility vehicles and special engines as well as for the navy and aviation sector.

1999 - 2005 Ferrari and Michael Schumacher win championships with ZF Sachs shock absorbers

  • Ferrari and Michael Schumacher win a total of 8 constructors' championships with ZF Sachs shock absorbers
  • 1999 The three first-place winners of the "24 hours of Le Mans" (BMW V 12 LM, Toyota GT One, Audi R8R) win using clutches and shocks by Sachs.
  • 2000 Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship: Driver and Constructor titles for Schumacher and Ferrari. Long-distance racing / Le Mans: Triple victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans with the Audi factory teams.

  • 2001 Formula 1: Driver and Constructor title for Schumacher and Ferrari.
  • 2001 World Rally Championship: Double Vice-Championships in a row for the Ford factory team.
  • 2001 Le Mans/ALMS: ZF Sachs wins the title at the ALMS with Audi and BMW.
  • 2002 Major win of both Formula 1 titles (Constructors' and Drivers') by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari;
  • 2002 Title win in American Le Mans Series, at the 24 hours of Le Mans

  • 2003 Schumacher wins his sixth World Championship, the fourth with Ferrari and the fifth win in a row in the Constructor category; podium places at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring Northern Loop, the World Rally Championship, the American Le Mans Series, the FIA Touring Car European Championship, and the DTC in Germany.
  • 2004 Scuderia Ferrari gains Driver and Constructor title, Michael Schumacher celebrates his seventh World Champion title. Around the globe, high-performance shock absorbers and clutches from ZF Sachs prove themselves in the tough World Rally Championship, the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, the long-distance races of the American Le Mans Series, and the hard-fought DTM.
  • 2005 DTM: ZF Sachs partner Audi drives to second place.

1998 Sachs Race Engineering GmbH founded

Founded in 1998, Sachs Race Engineering GmbH builds on the long tradition in motor sport, because it was as early as 1914 that Mercedes relied on ball bearings from Schweinfurt in there motorsports activities.

1990 - 1994 Sachs enters Formula 1 with Mercedes and Sauber in 1993

  • 1990 Hans-Joachim Stuck wins the overall victory at the DTM in an Audi V8 Quattro with a two-disc carbon clutch.
  • 1991 Frank Biela wins the DTM with Audi-Sachs.
  • 1992 Erwin Weber and Manfred Hiemer win the European Rally Championship in a Mitsubishi Galant with Sachs clutch and Sachs shocks. For the fourth time in a row, Kenneth Hansen wins the European Rallycross Championship with Sachs technology.
  • 1993 Sachs enters Formula 1 with Mercedes and Sauber: They use shock absorbers and clutches by Sachs.

  • 1994 Double victory at the European Rallycross Championship.
  • 1994 All Mercedes vehicles in the DTM use Sachs clutches.

1982 - 1985 The Joest Porsche Team wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1984 und 1985

  • 1982 Harald Demuth and Arwed Fischer in the Sachs Audi Quattro become the German Rally champions.
  • 1984 Demuth again wins the German Rally Championship with co-pilot Willy Lux.
  • 1984 The Joest Racing Porsche Team wins at Le Mans using Sachs products. The team wins again in 1985.

1970 - 1980 Introduction of the Sachs Race Service bus in 1970

  • 1970 The birth of the Sachs Racing Service bus, which from then on accompanies all racing activities in Germany and beyond.
  • 1972 Sachs begins long-term competition sponsoring (such as the Sachs Winter Rally, Sachs Rally Baltic, Sachs Rally Franken, etc.).

  • 1978 Introduction of the term "Sachs Sporting;" Harald Ertl wins the German Racing Championship in the Sachs BMW Turbo 320, Reinhard Hainbach and co-pilot Peter Linzen in the Sachs Escort win the German Rally Championship.
  • 1979 Hainbach successfully defends his title.
  • 1980 Martin Schanche becomes European Vice-Champion in Rallycross, while John Fitzpatrick wins the American IMSA GT series.

1966 Opening of the Motodrom and the new Sachs curve at the Hockenheimring

Opening of the Motodrom and the new Sachs curve on the Hockenheimring. The first curve in the HockenheimringMotodrom is christened the "Sachs Curve".

The Sachs building is still in use today as the racing event press center.

1964 Jim Clark wins the Grand Prix in the Formula 1

Jim Clark wins the Grand Prix in the Formula 1 with the Lotus 33 R9, provided with ZF transmissions.

1937 - 1950 Silver Arrow wins with Sachs shock absorbers and clutches

1937/38 The Mercedes Silver Arrows with aluminum fin shocks and clutches by Sachs win one victory after the other.

1950 More Silver Arrow wins with Juan Manuel Fangio.

1915 Foundation of ZF Friedrichshafen AG

On August 20, the Zahnradfabrik is founded in Friedrichshafen as a close corporation. On September 9th, the company is entered on the commercial register at the district court in Tettnang.

The object of the company according to the entry on the commercial register is to produce gears and transmissions for aircrafts, motor vehicles, and motorboats. Founding signatories are the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH (LZ), represented by Alfred Colsman, and the Max Maag Zahnräderfabrik Zurich.

1914 First racing successes with Sachs products

1914 The Schweinfurt-based Sachs company has its first racing successes - Mercedes won all positions on the podium in an "International Grand Prix", driving with Sachs ball bearings.

1910 Participation of Ernst Sachs in the Prince Heinrich Race

Participation and 3rd-place finish by Ernst Sachs in the Prince Heinrich race.

1895 Foundation of "Schweinfurter Präzisions-Kugellagerwerke Fichtel & Sachs"

It was August 1st in 1895 when Ernst Sachs and Karl Fichtel established the "Schweinfurter Präzisions-Kugellagerwerke Fichtel & Sachs" and started the production of ball bearings and bicycle hubs.

But it was as early as the 1920's that the company broadened it activities into the new automotive industry and soon became a specialist in this field.