ZF Sachs Race Report, 16.05.10
ZF Sachs Race Engineering involved in pioneering performance at 24-hours Nurburgring
In Europe's largest motorsport festival, the 24-hour race Nurburgring, in 2010 ZF Sachs Race Engineering was involved in a technological pioneering achievement from Porsche.
Up to the 22nd hour a race car with innovative hybrid technology led for the first time. Jorg Bergmeister/Richard Lietz/Marco Holzer/Martin Ragginger dominated the long-distance classic, held since 1970, in a Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid till just before the finish. Around the remorseless Nordschleife of the Nurburgring the new design impressively took centre stage. Thanks to hybrid technology the Porsche driver quartet only had to stop once every ten laps in the pits to refuel and therefore less often than its rivals. The Porsche transmitted its power to the rear wheels through a ZF Sachs race clutch.
A winner of the endurance race was the Volkswagen factory team. It won the class for cars with alternative power with the Bio Natural Gas powered Scirocco GT24-CNG. The Scirocco is equipped with dampers from Schweinfurt. The German technology company's products for suspension and drive were, however not only victorious in the leading teams: No less than 143 of the 197 participants rely on dampers or clutches from Schweinfurt. As a result, 73 per cent of the teams were equipped with ZF Sachs Race Engineering components.