Press Release

2015-Oct-16

World Champions and other titleholders victorious with ZF

  • Rally world championship won with rallies to spare
  • Strong presence by ZF in motorsport worldwide

SCHWEINFURT – The winning streak continues: in 2014, the ZF partners won the World Rally Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship WEC as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans as outstanding competitions. The teams relying on ZF claimed 210 race wins worldwide. ZF partner Volkswagen has been crowned World Rally Champions again in 2015. The FIA WEC winners will also drive to championship glory with a ZF clutch – just like Le Mans winner Porsche. The DTM drivers also rely exclusively on ZF. Not only does the ZF brand enjoy great visibility as official DTM partner, but also through its partnership with Super GT in Japan and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the United States of America. ZF is also involved as official supplier of BMW Motorsport, Ducati Corse, Honda Performance Development, Porsche Motorsport, Toyota Hybrid and Volkswagen Motorsport.

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World Champions and other titleholders victorious with ZF

International

World Rally Championship WRC

Unbeaten: Volkswagen has won the World Rally Championship for the third consecutive time in 2015. Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia celebrated their third title in Australia after the tenth of 13 rounds, and Volkswagen holds an unassailable lead in the manufacturers’ classification. The Volkswagen Polo WRC has won no less than 31 of 36 rallies since its debut in 2013 to the Rally Australia in 2015. The powerful 318 hp engine in the Polo WRC transfers its torque via a ZF twin plate clutch from the Racing Clutch Systems (RCS) family. The shock absorbers are also highly stressed in rallying with its jumps, crests and gravel tracks. The ZF mono-tube damper is integrated into the McPherson suspension on all four wheels, and assumes the job of not merely damping the oscillations, but also controls the wheels. ZF allowed for 300 millimetres of spring travel during design of the damper.

ZF partners in the World Rally Championship top ten

Drivers’ Championship standings after 10 of 13 rallies
1. Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen, ZF
2. Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen, ZF
3. Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen, ZF
4. Mads Østberg, Citroën
5. Thierry Neuville, Hyundai
6. Kris Meeke, Citroën
7. Elfyn Evans, Ford
8. Ott Tänak, Ford
9. Hayden Paddon, Hyundai
10. Dani Sordo, Hyundai


Formula 1 World Championship

The ZF Friedrichshafen AG equips three teams in the 2015 Formula 1 season. Scuderia Ferrari relies, as does the Sauber F1 Team and Toro Rosso F1, on the damper technology from Germany. Sebastian Vettel produced some remarkable performances in his first season with Ferrari: the four-time World Champion celebrated victory in Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore, on top of these wins come seven more podium results. As a result, the German holds third place in the standings ahead of team mate Kimi Räikkönen after 14 races.

ZF partners in the Formula 1 World Championship top ten

Drivers’ Championship standings after 14 of 19 races
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, ZF
4. Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari, ZF
5. Valtteri Bottas, Williams
6. Felipe Massa, Williams
7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull
8. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull
9. Romain Grosjean, Lotus#
10. Sergio Pérez, Force India


FIA World Endurance Championship WEC and 24 Hours of Le Mans

263,500 spectators at trackside witnessed a historic 24 Hours of Le Mans: Porsche celebrated its first win since returning to motorsport with sports prototypes. It was at the same time the 17th victory on the Sarthe for the German sportscar manufacturer – no other brand has won so often. The winning Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Earl Bamber/Nico Hülkenberg/Nick Tandy and those of their team mates are equipped with ZF clutches. Porsche’s two toughest opponents also rely on ZF clutches – Toyota with the TS040 Hybrid and Audi with the R18 e-tron quattro. Le Mans is the most important race in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC in which these three manufacturers are also involved. After five of eight races, Porsche leads the manufacturers’ classification, while Audi drivers Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer lead the drivers’ standings.

ZF partners in the 24 Hours of Le Mans top ten

1. Earl Bamber/Nico Hülkenberg/Nick Tandy, Porsche, ZF
2. Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley/Mark Webber, Porsche, ZF
3. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, Audi, ZF
4. Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis, Audi, ZF
5. Romain Dumas/Neel Jani/Marc Lieb, Porsche, ZF
6. Mike Conway/Stéphane Sarrazin/Alexander Wurz, Toyota, ZF
7. Filipe Albuquerque/Marco Bonanomi/René Rast, Audi, ZF
8. Sébastien Buemi/Anthony Davidson/Kazuki Nakajima, Toyota, ZF
9. Richard Bradley/Matthew Howson/Nicolas Lapierre, Oreca-Nissan
10. Simon Dolan/Mitch Evans/Oliver Turvey, Gibson-Nissan

ZF partners in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC top ten

Drivers’ Championship standings after 5 of 8 races
1. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, Audi, ZF
2. Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley/Mark Webber, Porsche, ZF
3. Romain Dumas/Neel Jani/Marc Lieb, Porsche, ZF
4. Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis, Audi, ZF
5. Nick Tandy, Ligier-Nissan as well as Porsche, ZF
6. Earl Bamber/Nico Hülkenberg, Porsche, ZF
7. Sébastien Buemi/Anthony Davidson, Toyota, ZF
8. Mike Conway/Stéphane Sarrazin/Alexander Wurz, Toyota, ZF
9. Kazuki Nakajima, Toyota, ZF
10. Sam Bird/Julien Canal/Roman Rusinov, Ligier-Nissan


DTM

A young talent is hogging the headlines in the 2015 DTM season: Mercedes-Benz protégée Pascal Wehrlein leads the touring car championship standings after 16 of 18 races. The 20-year old racer from Baden-Württemberg has celebrated two wins and mounted the podium on three more occasions. His closest rival is currently Edoardo Mortara. He celebrated one victory so far this season and lies ahead of stablemate Mattias Ekström in the standings. Best BMW driver is Bruno Spengler in fourth place. The Belgian Maxime Martin, who drives the Samsung-ZF-M4 DTM and is 11th in the drivers’ classification, has also taken a victory this season. All three automobile manufacturers rely exclusively clutches from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In additions, 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.

ZF partners in the DTM top ten

Drivers’ Championship standings 14 of 18 races
1. Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes, ZF
2. Edoardo Mortara, Audi, ZF
3. Mattias Ekström, Audi, ZF
4. Bruno Spengler, BMW, ZF
5. Jamie Green, Audi, ZF
6. Marco Wittmann, BMW, ZF
7. Gary Paffett, Mercedes, ZF
8. Augusto Farfus, BMW, ZF
9. António Félix da Costa, BMW, ZF
10. Mike Rockenfeller, Audi, ZF


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. Philipp Eng has taken center stage so far in the 2015 season. The Austrian leads the standings after taking two wins in the first nine races this season. Christian Engelhart is second 17 points behind. Sven Müller is another ten points behind. The championship will be decided at the end of October in Austin/Texas.
ZF partners in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup top ten

Drivers’ Championship standings after 9 of 11 races
1. Philipp Eng, Porsche, ZF
2. Christian Engelhart, Porsche, ZF
3. Sven Müller, Porsche, ZF
4. Michael Ammermüller, Porsche, ZF
5. Alex Riberas, Porsche, ZF
6. Christopher Zöchling, Porsche, ZF
7. Côme Ledogar, Porsche, ZF
8. Matteo Cairoli, Porsche, ZF
9. Kuba Giermaziak, Porsche, ZF
10. Ben Barker, Porsche, ZF


National

24 Hours Nürburgring

For Germany’s greatest endurance race, seven of the first ten teams relied on ZF Race Engineering components – including the first four overall in the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring. Audi took victory in the Eifel with its new R8 LMS on its first outing in a 24-hour race. Second went to a BMW team. Both GT3 sportscars are equipped with ZF Race Engineering clutches. Crossing the line in third place was a Porsche team, whose 911 is equipped with ZF clutches and dampers. The BMW teams in fourth and sixth, the seventh placed Audi and the Nissan in ninth place relied on ZF components in the transmission.

ZF partners in the 24 Hours Nürburgring top ten

1. Christopher Mies/Nico Müller/Edward Sandström/Laurens Vanthoor, Audi, ZF
2. Lucas Luhr/Maxime Martin/Markus Palttala/Richard Westbrook, BMW, ZF
3. Wolf Henzler/Peter Dumbreck/Alexandre Imperatori/Martin Ragginger, Porsche, ZF
4. Dirk Adorf/Nicky Catsburg/Augusto Farfus/Jörg Müller, BMW, ZF
5. Abdulaziz Al Faisal/Yelmer Buurman/Hubert Haupt/Jaap van Lagen, Mercedes-Benz
6. Michela Cerruti/John Edwards/Daniel Keilwitz/Felipe Fernandez Laser, BMW, ZF
7. Christer Jöns/Pierre Kaffer/Nicki Thiim/Laurens Vanthoor, Audi, ZF
8. Christopher Brück/Harold Primat/Clemens Schmidt/Marco Seefried, Bentley
9. Alex Buncombe/Kazuki Hoshino/Michael Krumm/Lucas Ordoñez, Nissan, ZF
10. Philipp Frommenwiler/Kenneth Heyer/Rob Huff/Christian Krognes, Mercedes-Benz


Porsche Carrera Cup

Philipp Eng won the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2014, in 2015 the Austrian went one better again. Eng celebrated no less than seven wins in the first 13 races of Germany’s fastest one-make cup, and holds an unassailable lead as a result. He clinched his eighth victory at the Nürburgring. Christian Engelhart and Jeffrey Schmidt follow behind. Porsche awards drivers and teams contesting the attractive one-make cup, which competes at DTM race weekends, with 540,000 Euro prize money. 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 partners in the Porsche Carrera Cup top ten

Drivers’ Championship standings after 15 of 17 races
1. Philipp Eng, Porsche, ZF
2. Christian Engelhart, Porsche, ZF
3. Jeffrey Schmidt, Porsche, ZF
4. Michael Ammermüller, Porsche, ZF
5. Alex Riberas, Porsche, ZF
6. Nicki Thiim, Porsche, ZF
7. Sven Müller, Porsche, ZF
8. Robert Renauer, Porsche, ZF
9. Connor de Phillippi, Porsche, ZF
10. Christopher Zöchling, Porsche, ZF


Other commitments

ZF is active in many other motorsport championships. 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. Team 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 gearbox in the BMW M235i Racing, and many other championships.

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.

CONTACT

Moritz Nöding

Head of Motorsports Communications and Sponsoring

+49 9721 98 2141

moritz.noeding@zf.com