GT Masters fans will thus be able to take a look at the technological future of the automobile this coming weekend (31 July to 2 August). The KÜS Team 75 Bernhard has been testing the Porsche 911 GT3 R, which is equipped with the steer-by-wire technology Space Drive from Schaeffler Paravan, on the race track on behalf of Schaeffler Technologie GmbH & Co. This is the first time it has been used in an official race. Equipped with the Space Drive electronic steering system, the Porsche ma-nages without any mechanical connection between the steering unit and the steering gear, a basic requirement for future technologies such as autonomous driving or the design of new interior con-cepts.
„The ADAC GT Masters is another important test field for us and perhaps the most fiercely con-tested GT3 series. We want to get a comprehensive picture of the system's performance and ro-bustness," says Roland Arnold, CEO of Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG. "The know-ledge gained from the races and the driving data obtained will be directly incorporated into the further development of the system. They are also already benefiting users of Space Drive 2, both in the automotive industry and in the field of mobility for the disabled. In this way we are creating real added value for the vehicle of the future.“
The racing team of two-time Le Mans winner and FIA endurance world champion Timo Bernhard is a partner in this innovative project. "We are working closely with Schaeffler Paravan on this exciting development project. Thanks to our many years of experience in the ADAC GT Masters, we can provide the necessary support to use steer-by-wire technology in one of the toughest GT3 racing series," says Klaus Graf Team Manager KÜS Team75 Bernhard. "Testing technological advances in competition and checking them for extreme resilience is an important part of the development work.“
The experienced ADAC GT Masters race winners Norbert Siedler (37, A) - who has been successfully racing worldwide in various GT3 race series for many years - and Martin Ragginger (32, A) - former Porsche Junior and Porsche GT expert - will drive the Porsche on the Lausitzring "by wire" as guest entrants. The two races of the ADAC GT Masters will be broadcast live and in full length by SPORT1 on Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 hrs. They can also be seen online in the livestream on sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac.
"We have used the time during the corona restrictions for development work and extensive testing and have made significant improvements to the system," reports Axel Randolph, Team Manager of Space Drive Racing, the development platform of Schaeffler Paravan, for steer-by-wire racing vehic-les from various manufacturers, in cooperation with various racing teams. By using a real-time ope-rating system, the responsiveness and dynamics of the Space Drive system have been significantly increased. Also the tracking could be further optimized by new software features. The force feed-back steering wheel was significantly improved. In addition, the diagnostic capability of the system has been optimized by means of further sensor technology. "During the tests, the drivers have al-ready recognized advantages," says Randolph. "The electronic steering system brings advantages, for example when driving over curbs. The force feedback steering wheel can thus be held more smoothly than with conventional steering. This makes life much easier for the driver, especially in long-distance races, and is therefore also an important safety aspect. “
As early as 2019, the German Motor Sport Association (DMSB) had already approved an Audi R8 LMS GT3 from Schaeffler Paravan for the DMV GTC as the first vehicle in the history of racing without a mechanical connection between the steering unit and steering gear.