Schaeffler Paravan Technologie and Mücke Motorsport cooperate within the DTM

Schaeffler Paravan Technologie and Mücke Motorsport cooperate within the DTM

21.04.2021: Driving for the edge in technology Debut in the 2021 DTM for Space Drive technology: In the coming season, for the first time in the history of DTM, a Mercedes AMG-GT3 - operated by Mücke Motorsport - will compete without any mechanical connection

Driving for the edge in technology



Debut in the 2021 DTM for Space Drive technology: In the coming season, for the first time in the history of DTM, a Mercedes AMG-GT3 - operated by Mücke Motorsport - will compete without any mechanical connection between the steering unit and the steering rack.


After two years of technology development under racing conditions in the GTC Race and at the 24h race at the Nürburgring last year, time is right for the demanding GT3 field of DTM 2021. The #18 car entered by Mücke Motorsport will be driven by Gary Paffett, who is celebrating his comeback in DTM 2021.



Together with engineers from Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG, Gary will drive the development of the Space Drive technology forward at racing speed. The Briton was already DTM champion in 2005 and 2018.

 


The Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Space Drive steering, the two-time DTM champion and Mücke Motorsport at the first test during the Hockenheimring  




"We are looking forward to the new DTM. With its new focus on GT3 cars, the traditional series is an ideal platform for us to further develop the Space Drive system and test it under these tough conditions," says Roland Arnold, CEO of Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG and founder of Paravan GmbH, which developed this technology from mobility solutions for the for disabled.



"In the last two years we have already proven that Space Drive works reliably under extreme condi-tions of racing and received important feedback for further development.



Over the winter, we analysed the extensive data material and made further development improvements. The implementation of these findings is a key factor for the future Space Drive 3 development. With Peter Mücke we have an experienced partner at our side, be it with a view to development or also to the DTM".



Mücke Motorsport is an old acquaintance returning to the DTM circuit. The Berlin-based racing team competed as a Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG works team from 2005 to 2016. “We are very pleased to use the DTM as a platform to further develop Space Drive technology in close cooperation with Schaeffler Paravan," says team boss Peter Mücke. "Motorsport has always accelerated technology development and this is an area where we would like to contribute our expertise for future development."

 

Gary Paffett drives in the Mercedes-AMG FGT3 #18, supported by Mücke Motorsport in the Space Drive cockpit.
Gary Paffett is no stranger to DTM behind the Space Drive cockpit. The 40-year-old Briton raced successfully in the DTM from 2003 to 2018, winning the championship twice (2005 and 2018) and driving for Mercedes-Benz und Mercedes-AMG for 15 phenomenal years.

 

During that time, he claimed 17 pole positions, 23 race wins and 48 podium finishes, as well as two championships and four runner-up titles. "A lot has changed in the DTM," Paffett says, looking forward to an exciting season. Testing in Hockenheim, he sat in the Space Drive cockpit for the first time.


“It was great to get back into a GT3 car. Driving with steer-by-wire steering was something completely new for me. It felt very similar compared to conventional steering. Of course, there are small differences, but I was very happy with the response and feedback. The project has a lot of potential for the development of future technologies. It's great to be part of this development process and to be able to race as well.”



The Space Drive technology was approved by the German Motor Sport Federation (DMSB e. V.) in 2019. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 was the world's first vehicle of this type to be used in the GTC Race. In the meantime, this technology has been firmly anchored in the regulations. The car, which has no mechanical link between the force feedback steering unit and the steering rack, is equipped with technology that was originated in the mobility for the disabled.


"Testing the robustness and durability of the system in this high-profile environment is the next logical step. We hope that this will provide us with further important findings for large-scale production. In this way, we are creating an important basis for new mobility concepts for the future. Space Drive is already road-legal today and an important key technology for autonomous driving in Level 4 and 5," says Roland Arnold.



The DTM premiere for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Mücke Motorsport is scheduled for June 19-20 at Monza, Italy, preceded by testat Lausitzring (May 4-6). The other races will take place at Norisring (July 3-4), Lausitzring (July 24-25), Zolder in Belgium (August 7-8), Nürburgring (August 21-22), Red Bull Ring at Spielberg, Austria (September 4-5), Assen in the Netherlands (September 18-19) and least Hockenheimring (October 2-3).




Anke Leuschke, Marina Weiss, photos Jürgen Tap, GruppeC, Schaeffler Paravan


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21.04.2021 / MaP

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