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:

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

Some Remarkable Results of the Season

World Rally Championship WRC

Unbeaten: Volkswagen has won the World Rally Championship for the fourth consecutive time in 2016. Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia celebrated their fourth title, and Volkswagen also defended the title in the manufacturers’ classification.

The Volkswagen Polo WRC has secured its entry in the record book of WRC. At the end of the 2016 season Volkswagen announced their exit from WRC. ZF supplied shock absorbers and clutches for the innumerous victories of the Polo R WRC.

FIA World Endurance Championship WEC / 24 Hours Le Mans

2017 will once again see a record breaking grid at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the prestigous LMP1 prototype class, both Toyota and Porsche compete for the overall victory with a ZF clutch.

Le Mans is the most important race in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC in which Porsche and Toyota are also involved. Porsche has not only won the Le Mans race in 2016, but also the constructors championship in the WEC.

DTM

2016 BMW driver Marco Wittmann has secured his second championship title in DTM, ahead of Edoardo Mortara (Audi) and Jame Green (Audi). Audi has 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 Jnior Sven Müller has won the 2016 drivers title with Christian Engelhart, who is being sponsored by ZF, coming in on 7th place of the driver´s ranking.

Porsche Carrera Cup

Porsche Junior Sven Müller also won the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2016.

Christian Engelhart, who is being sponsored by ZF TRW as part of the TRW integration proccess, once again finished in 2nd place of the driver´s ranking.

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.