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Winning is the Goal

Le Mans winner Toyota relied on ZF Race Engineering like DTM Champion Gary Paffett, winners in the Rally Dakar 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
IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship
Rally Dakar V8 Supercars Australia
Porsche Carrera Cup Porsche Supercup Renault World Series
GT Masters 24h Nürburgring /
Global Rallycross GRC
Super Formula FIA European Truck
Racing Championship
FIA European Formula 3
Formula 3 Formula Nippon Formula 4

Some Remarkable Results of the Season

FIA Formula E

FIA Formula E: After a difficult fourth season of FIA Formula E for ZF partner Venturi, the fifth season began for Venturi in December 2018. Driver Edoardo Mortara finished in fourth place during the third race of the season in Santiago de Chile and scored the first point for the team. Venturi is currently eigth in the team ranking. Besides trusting in ZF shock absorbers, Venturi also relies on a newly developed ZF powertrainin the new season, consisting of electrical engine, gearbox and inverter.

FIA WEC and 24 Hours Le Mans

2018 once again saw a record breaking grid at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the prestigous LMP1 prototype class, Toyota has won the race for the first time ever and competed with a ZF clutch. Le Mans is the most important race in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. Toyota has not only won the Le Mans race in 2018, but also the constructor’s championship in the WEC.


2018 Mercedes driver Gary Paffett has secured the championship title in DTM. Mercedes 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, fourteen of the first twenty teams in 2018 relied on ZF Race Engineering components – including the overall winner in the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring. Porsche took the victory once again in the Eifel with 911 GT3 R from Manthey Racing. All GT3 sportscars from Porsche, Audi and BMW are equipped with ZF Race Engineering clutches.

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 Thomas Preining and Julien Andlauer were supported by ZF and finished the 2018 season on 3rd and 4th place of the driver´s ranking.

Porsche Carrera Cup

Porsche Junior Thomas Preining won the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2018. 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. Teams 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.