MONZA: The DTM 2021 season opener will be in Monza, Italy. Leading automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is set to introduce the steer-by-wire technology Space Drive to the starting grid.
Schaeffler is also the “Series and Innovation Partner” of the 35th edition of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. The German touring car championship will span from June 18 to October 4.
The technology will be integrated into three DTM cars including the Audi R8 LMS GT3 driven by Schaeffler brand ambassador Sophia Flörsch, Mercedes-AMG driven by Gary Paffett, as well as, the BMW M6 GT3 which is to be driven by Timo Glock.
Sophia Flörsch – Schaeffler brand ambassador
Space Drive technology does not use a mechanical steering column, instead the steering commands are transmitted purely digitally via cable.
Autonomous 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.
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
Timo Glock will use Space Drive to steer his BMW M6 GT3
“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,” said Roland Arnold, CEO of Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG.
As 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 Abt Sportsline.
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.