Success ahead with ZF technology

Success is our sports: Winning is the goal

World Rally Champion Volkswagen relies 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 TUDOR United 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 in the past season

World Rally Championship WRC

Two in one swoop: following the brilliant debut season in 2013 with title victories in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ classifications, Volkswagen continued its winning streak unabated. Volkswagen Motorsport wrapped up the 2014 manufacturers’ classification early with the Polo R WRC in its battle against seven other teams. Furthermore, at the penultimate round of the season in Spain, last year’s World Champion Sébastien Ogier successfully defended his crown. Following hot on his heels was Volkswagen team mate Jari-Matti Latvala from Finland, third is Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Polo R WRC is equipped with high-performance dampers and clutches from ZF Race Engineering. In no other type of sport must the technology prove itself under so rough and varied conditions as in the World Rally Championship, which is staged on tarmac, ice, snow and gravel.

FIA World Endurance Championship WEC / 24 Hours Le Mans

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014, 263,300 spectators at track side savoured one of the most exciting editions of the classic for many years. Audi, Toyota and Porsche staged a three-way fight for victory on the Sarthe – each manufacturer was dealt a number of setbacks throughout the race. Audi prevailed for the 13th time at the chequered flag and celebrated a one-two.

The diesel hybrid sportscars are also equipped with a ZF Race Engineering clutch like Porsche and Toyota racecars. Le Mans is the season highlight of an entire race series – the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. After five of eight races, Toyota heads the table in the manufacturers’ classification in this world championship, in the drivers’ classification the Toyota drivers Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson are ahead. ZF has been technical partner to Toyota since 2013.

DTM

BMW driver Marco Wittmann shaped the 2014 season like no other. The 24-year old Franconian talent won the season opener at Hockenheim and was victorious in Hungary, Austria and at the Nürburgring as well. Even at the Lausitzring, the eighth of ten races this season, his lead in the standings was unassailable. Audi driver Mattias Ekström clinched the runner-up title in the most popular European touring car race series by taking two wins in the final two events of the season.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is exclusive supplier to all competitors as well as ‘Official Partner BMW Motorsport’. The motorsport clutch Formula Carbon Clutch 4/140Y is at work in every DTM racecar from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The module with four carbon discs transfers up to 900 Newton metres torque and is very durable and thus cost efficient.

24 Hours Nürburgring

The toughest endurance race in Germany was a festival for ZF Race Engineering in 2014. The technology from Schweinfurt worked in seven of the ten fastest racecars, and also in the winning car.

The powerful near 560 hp V10 engine in the victorious Audi R8 LMS ultra from Phoenix Racing transmitted its power through a ZF Race Engineering clutch to the gearbox. Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, Markus Winkelhock and René Rast shared driving duties in the GT3 sportscar. Clutches from the German company were also used in the sportscars from BMW, Aston Martin and Porsche, which all finished in the top ten. With Felix Baumgartner a prominent racing novice also trusted ZF: he shared an Audi with Frank Biela, Pierre Kaffer and Marco Werner and finished in an outstanding ninth place first time out in the field of 165 competitors.

Porsche Supercup

The Porsche Supercup is long since the pinnacle in this form of brand-related motorsport: the rapid one-make cup is held as support race at Formula 1 events since 1993. During the 2014 season, two drivers have pulled away at the top. New Zealander Earl Bamber and Kuba Giermaziak from Poland have built up a two digit points lead over the chasing pack. Bamber won the races in Spain and Belgium, Giermaziak took victory in Monaco, Austria and Hungary. At the finale in Texas a second and fourth places for Bamber saw him take the title. The race car for all competitors is the seventh generation Porsche 911 with 460 hp.

The technical demanding Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is equipped with gas pressure dampers and race clutches from ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

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