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Our commitment to motor sports

Space Drive put to the test on the race track

Why is our drive-by-wire technology, which we have been using for over 15 years to enable people with physical disabilities to drive, being used on the race track? For the continuous further development of Space Drive it is important to gain experience at the limit. This is why our joint venture Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co.KG has equipped various racing vehicles with the innovative digital drive-by-wire system in order to optimize the system step by step together with experienced racing drivers. It is a challenge to go to the limit with digital steering without a mechanical steering column in a racing car on the track. A challenge that the Schaeffler-Paravan team, including all technicians, engineers and programmers, is taking on in order to establish Space Drive as the technology of the future in the steering sector.

This knowledge and experience gained from racing is in turn incorporated into the evolution and continuous improvement of drive-by-wire technology and therefore benefits our customers. As part of the GTC Race Series and various other races such as the GT Masters or the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the modified Schaeffler Paravan cars will compete on the race track to gain new experience for use on the road.

The aim is to test the system in racing operation under extreme conditions in order to determine important parameters for the future development of Space Drive.

Axel Randolph, Head of Racing, Schaeffler Paravan
The test vehicles
01

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Steer-by-wire Audi R8 LMS GT3 from Space Drive Racing, operated by Phoenix Racing. First DMSB-approved racing car worldwide without mechanical connection between steering unit and steering gear.


02

Mercedes AMG GT3

Space Drive Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 operated by HWA. Winner of the 2020 GoodYear 60 race with driver Maximilian Götz.


03

Porsche 911 GT3R

In cooperation with the racing team KÜS Team 75 of Timo Bernhard the Porsche 911 in the GT3R version will be driven in the GTC Race this season.


04

McLaren 570S GT4

McLaren 570S GT4 with steer-by-wire steering from Dörr Motorsport racing team. Top placed at the 2020 GT Masters GT4 race at the Hockenheimring.


05

Porsche Cayman 718 GT4

The Porsche Cayman 718 GT4, equipped with the Space Drive System from Schaeffler Paravan, in action at the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring in cooperation with W&S Motorsport.


Advantages for the mobility of the disabled
Clear arguments for development work in motor sports
  • Numerous test kilometers at the limit on the race track for even more safety on the road for our customers with movement restrictions
  • Perform long-term and long-distance testing under extreme conditions
  • Demonstrate technical performance, robustness and full functionality under extreme conditions
  • Test and further development for a perfect steering feel
  • Feedback from experienced test drivers flows directly into the development work and evolution of the system
Racing project with Janis McDavid

Our client, brand ambassador and encourager Janis McDavid is working with us on a very special project. The goal is to drive full throttle at the Hockenheimring in a converted steer-by-wire racing car with joystick steering. This not only fulfills Janis' childhood dream, but also encourages other people with physical disabilities. If a man without arms and legs can drive around the racetrack at top speed in a racing car and always have the vehicle under full control, then people with other physical disabilities can also take courage to put themselves behind the wheel. On the other hand, the application also demonstrates the robustness and at the same time the performance of the existing system.

 

The test and development drivers in action
  • Born: 13.06.1980 in Stuttgart Bad-Cannstadt
  • Motorsport since 1998: Formula König, Formula Renault, Formula 3, Formula 1 (leading miles at the 2007 Nürburgring GP), DTM with Audi (2008-2010), GT3 with Audi Sport Customer Racing since 2013
  • Successes: Winner 24h Race Nürburgring 2012/2014/2017, winner 24h Race Spa 2014/2017, GT1 World Champion 2012, since 2019 test and development driver for Schaeffler Paravan
  • Download: Autograph card Markus Winkelhock
  • Born: 14.09.1998 in Völklingen
  • Motorsport successes: 
  • 2016: Top10 positions MSA Formula 4
  • 2017: Vice-Championship Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series Asia/ Middle East
  • 2018: Overall winner DMV GTC Class 1 (GT3)
  • 2018: Vice championship Dunlop 60 Class 1 (GT3)
  • 2018: 1st place Porsche Super Sports Cup Red Bull Ring 
  • Since September 2020: Test and development driver of Schaeffler Paravan technology 
Steer-by-Wire race cars in action
  • 21 - 23/08/2020: GTC Race/ Goodyear 60 (Lausitzring)
  • 11 - 13/09/2020: GTC Race (Nürburgring)
  • 18 - 20/09/2020: GT Masters GT4 (Hockenheimring)
  • 24 - 27/09/2020: 24 hour race (Nürburgring)
  • 09 - 11/10/2020: GTC Race (Zolder)
  • 16 - 18/10/2020: ADAC GT4 Germany (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)
  • 06 - 08/11/2020: GTC Race (Hockenheimring)
Photo: 2020 Gruppe C