automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is the official “Series and
Innovation Partner” to the DTM racing series and will bring the steer-by-wire
technology Space Drive to the starting grid in three DTM cars from different
German car makers: in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 driven by Schaeffler brand ambassador
Sophia Flörsch, in Gary Paffett’s Mercedes-AMG and in Timo Glock’s BMW M6 GT3.
DTM 2021 season opener will be in Monza, Italy. In Space Drive technology there
is no mechanical steering column and the steering commands are transmitted
purely digitally via cable. “As a series partner to the DTM, Schaeffler is
demonstrating innovative strength and pioneering spirit,” says Matthias Zink,
CEO Automotive Technologies at Schaeffler.
the technology under extreme conditions proves its maturity and brings the
development a step closer to large-scale production. Space Drive is a
thoroughly tried and tested key technology for autonomous driving with more
than a billion kilometers driven on public roads,” he adds.
Arnold, CEO of Schaeffler ParavanTechnologie GmbH & Co. KG, says:
“Motorsport has always been seen as a development accelerator. In this
environment, the Space Drive system is subjected to extreme stresses, making it
an ideal test environment for generating important functionalities for the
ongoing development of Space Drive 3 for large-scale production.”
technology partner for chassis systems
driving is an important component of Schaeffler’s Roadmap 2025. In its “Vision
Chassis 2035”, the company has developed a basic scenario for the level of
automation of cars and light commercial vehicles. Accordingly, Schaeffler
predicts that by 2035, around 30 percent of all new cars and light commercial
vehicles produced worldwide will be at least partially automated, while half of
them will offer the capability for highly automated driving.
increasing automation of driving functions on the road to autonomous vehicles
also imposes more rigorous requirements on chassis applications in respect of
reliability and safety,” says Viktor Molnar, President Chassis Systems business
division at Schaeffler, adding that “We are continuing to ramp up our
activities at component and system level and are well on track to becoming a
preferred technology partner for intelligent drive and chassis solutions.”
for the first time
well as the use of Space Drive, Schaeffler is celebrating another premiere.
This season, the automotive and industrial supplier will be partnering with two
teams for the first time: Marco Wittmann will be driving for Walkenhorst
Motorsport and Sophia Flörsch for AbtSportsline. At the same time, Schaeffler
is also actively promoting technological developments for the future of the DTM
and is in the process of developing the electric drive system for its
electrification, which is set to become a reality in 2023 with the DTM
Electric, where Space Drive technology will also be used. The DTM’s program of
supporting events for 2021 will include appearances by the highly innovative
DTM Electric demonstrator car.
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