|Formula 1 World Championship||WRC||WEC / 24h LeMans|
|WTCC||DTM||Super GT Japan|
|Tudor United SportsCar Championship||Rally Dakar||V8 Supercars Australia|
|Porsche Carrera Cup||Porsche Supercup||Renault World Series|
|GT Masters||24h Nürburgring / VLN||Global Rallycross GRC|
|Super Formula||FIA European Truck Racing Championship||FIA European Formula 3 Championship|
|ATS Formula 3 Cup||Formula Nippon||Formula BMW Talent Cup|
SuccessAhead With ZF Technology
Success is our Sports: Winning is the Goal
World Rally Champion Volkswagen relied on ZF Race Engineering like DTM Champion Marco Wittmann, winners in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the WEC, but also many one-make cup winners and aspiring young talents. Thanks to the partnerships with leading race series’ such as the DTM in Europe, the Super GT in Japan and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA, the ZF logo is represented prominently on many race tracks worldwide.
For instance, the teams of these racing series trust in products of ZF Race Engineering:
Some Remarkable Results of the Season
FIA Formula E
FIA Formula E: After a difficult third season of FIA Formula E for ZF partner Venturi, the season opener of the fourth season in Hong Kong was a return to great form for Venturi. New driver Edoardo Mortara finished in second place during the Sunday race and is currently on P4 of the driver´s ranking. Venturi is also fourth in the team ranking. Besides trusting in ZF shock absorbers, Venturi also relies on a newly developed ZF gearbox in the new season.
FIA World Endurance Championship WEC / 24 Hours Le Mans
2017 once again saw a record breaking grid at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the prestigous LMP1 prototype class, both Toyota and Porsche, who won the race for the third consecutive time, competed with a ZF clutch. Le Mans is the most important race in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. Porsche has not only won the Le Mans race in 2017, but also the constructors championship in the WEC.
2017 Audi driver Rene Rast has secured his first championship title in DTM as a rookie driver. Audi has also won the constructor's championship title. All three automobile manufacturers rely exclusively clutches from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In addition, ZF is ‘Official Partner BMW Motorsport’. The Formula Carbon Clutch 4/140Y motorsport component is equipped with four carbon plates. They transmit torque of up to 900 Newton metres and, for reasons of high cost-efficiency, are designed for long durability.
24 Hours Nürburgring
For Germany’s greatest endurance race, eight of the first ten teams in 2017 relied on ZF Race Engineering components – including the first four overall in the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring.
Audi took the victory once again in the Eifel with its R8 LMS from Land Motorsport. Second went to the BMW team of ROWE Racing. The podium was completed by another Audi R8 LMS of Team WRT. All GT3 sportscars from Audi and BMW are equipped with ZF Race Engineering clutches. The BMW teams in fourth, eigth and tenth position, the sixth placed Audi and the Ferrari in seventh place relied on ZF components in the transmission of their torque.
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
Incredibly close racing and absolute performance parity – this is what the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is all about. The one-make cup has been held as support race at Formula 1 events since 1993. All drivers compete in the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the road approved lightweight 911 GT3 RS sportscar. ZF supplies the gas-filled shock absorbers and the race clutches for the powerful 460 hp racecars. Porsche Juniors Dennis Olsen and Matt Campbell were supported by ZF and finished the 2017 season on 2nd and 3rd place of the driver´s ranking.
Porsche Carrera Cup
Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen won the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2017. Christian Engelhart, who was sponsored by ZF as part of the ZF TRW integration proccess, also won two races. The drivers race in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. The powerful 460 hp GT racecars are equipped with ZF gas-filled shock absorbers and clutches. A sensitive approach to using the clutch and a good racecar set-up can make a crucial difference in the fight for tenths of a second.
ZF is active in many other motorsport championships
In Japan, the GT500 class of the Super GT uses clutches made in Schweinfurt. In the FIA World Touring Car Championship WTCC, the Honda Civic is equipped with ZF clutches and dampers. In the Global Rallycross Championship, the company’s dampers are at work in the powerful 560 hp Volkswagen Beetle RX. Team contesting the car and truck categories in the Rallye Dakar rely on various ZF Friedrichshafen AG products.
Different one-make cups around the world use products from Schweinfurt in the transmission or suspension – from shock absorbers in the Audi Sport TT Cup and Mazda MX 5 Cup to clutches in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup and the 8HP automatic transmission in the BMW M235i Racing, and many other championships. In the U.S. many teams in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship rely on products from ZF Race Engineering.
In single-seater racing, budding young talents get to know the ZF products as they climb the ladder from Formula 4 via Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5, and Formula to the Super Formula. In globally popular GT racing, various racecars are equipped with ZF products – like the BMW Z4, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911, Ferrari 458, Audi R8 LMS, Aston Martin Vantage and the BMW M3 GT4.