The special feature of the steer-by-wire system is that there is no mechanical connection between the steering column and the steering gear. The ADAC GT4 Germany is now a permanent fixture in the supporting program of the ADAC GT Masters and provides exciting racing action with a colorful field of GT4 cars from seven manufacturers.
The McLaren was piloted by regular driver and ADAC GT Masters veteran Christer Jöns, who has also been at the wheel of the development vehicle at the GTC race since the start of the season. The duo was completed on the weekend by last year's winner of the ADAC GT4 Germany, the Norwegian Mads Siljehaug. "Being able to help develop the Space-Drive-System is an incentive because it will cover many areas of future mobility. It motivates me to contribute improvements in this area," says Mads Siljehaug. "I found the driving rhythm with the Space-Drive steering system quite normal, just as I experience it in a normal car. I thought it would be different, but it was very close to the reality of a normal steering system.
The result is impressive: "We already saw at the last race in Hockenheim that we are fully competitive. Here at the Red Bull Ring we have brought it together, with sixth place in the first race. Today we were able to go one better with fourth place. There were spectacular overtaking maneuvers that we mastered with aplomb," Christer Jöns reported after the race and continued: "The Red Bull Ring is a high-speed circuit with many fast passages, two hairpin bends and fast corners, and therefore has a completely different characteristic to the Hockenheim or Nürburgring. That the McLaren was able to show its strength here became clear at both races.
"In this project, the future of the automobile is being driven and tested. Space Drive is an important key technology for autonomous driving," says Robin Dörr, team boss of Dörr Motorsport. "We are proud to be able to make a contribution to this ambitious development project". In the ADAC GT4 Germany, Schaeffler Paravan's development engineers made a direct comparison between the steer-by-wire steering system and a conventional steering system. "In addition to the Space Drive McLaren, Dörr Motorsport is using two other identical vehicles in the series," reports Axel Randolph, Head of Motorsport. "This gives us a direct comparison of the steering parameters and allows us to compare data and draw conclusions for development in a very targeted manner".
A special challenge, besides the strong field, were the very cool temperatures on both race days - framed by the picturesque scenery of the already snow-covered mountain peaks. The McLaren test vehicle #99 started twice from the second row of the grid, the McLaren trio secured the top three grid positions in both qualifying sessions with outstanding lap times.
On the first day, the driver duo experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. Starting from third place, Christer Jöns took seventh place. "In this situation, safety first applied," he explained after the race. "In this position it was more important for me to stay out of traffic for a while and get a clean start. The plan worked out, the 33-year-old veteran was able to return to his original position relatively quickly and work his way up to second place before the safety car phase. In the second half Mads Siljehaug took over the cockpit, who was third on the track but had to struggle with performance problems. Due to the long safety car phase, with the low outside temperatures, there were also temperature problems on the McLaren, which resulted in a loss of power. In the end he finished in 6th place, with his team mates Christopher Dreispring and Alexei Sizov in the McLaren 570S GT4 #59 finishing third. The McLaren 570S GT4 #69 driven by Phil Dörr and Fred Martin-Dye from Dörr Motorsport won the race.
Also on the second day of the race the Dörr McLaren Armada was able to start from the top three starting positions after an exciting qualifying. On position seven Mads Siljehaug was the first in the field for a pit stop. Afterwards, the #99 with Christer Jöns entered the traffic and first got into position 10 and then worked its way back up to position 6. The safety car shortly before the end brought the field together again and Christer Jöns took his chance. After a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre on the last lap, the McLaren narrowly missed the podium at his second guest start in the ADAC GT4 Germany and ended up in fourth place. "The field was close together, I could use my chance and overtake the KTM in the penultimate corner. That was really very close racing", Jöns concluded. The other two Dörr Motorsport McLaren finished second (#69) and tenth (#59).
"I already see advantages," says Mads Siljehaug after the race. Being able to adapt the steering to the track and the car is an important factor in the world of racing, because it is crucial for racers to feel the steering as much as possible and to adapt their driving style to the steering - and this will be possible with the Space-Drive system. I think it is also a prerequisite for a new generation of vehicles".
About Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co.KG
The Schaeffler Paravan Technology GmbH & Co. KG is a company specializing in the development of fail-safe drive-by-wire systems - "Space Drive" - and chassis system solutions. It is based in Herzogenaurach with a production facility in Pfronstetten-Aichelau. Schaeffler Paravan Technologie is a joint venture (90 percent Schaeffler and ten percent Roland Arnold) and was founded in October 2018. The space drive system developed by Paravan founder, Roland Arnold, has been completely transferred to the joint venture and will be industrialized there. Schaeffer Paravan is also developing a "rolling chassis" with intelligent corner modules for vehicles that will drive autonomously in the future - with integrated Schaeffler wheel hub motors, brakes, Space Drive steering (90 degrees) and suspension in one system. www.schaeffler-paravan.de
About Dörr Motorsport
McLaren, Lamborghini, Lotus, Bugatti, Pagani, Pininfarina, Dallara and Aston Martin are the brands with which the Dörr Group ensures that car enthusiasts' hearts race. This makes the 85-strong team around owner Rainer Dörr one of the most diverse super sports car dealerships in Germany. Since its foundation in Frankfurt am Main in 2011, the Dörr Group has expanded to Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin and Hockenheim and has created a starting point for entry-level super sports cars with the Home of Speed by Dörr Group at the Hockenheimring. Motorsport is the DNA of the Dörr Group. With the Dörr Driving School the team enables the entry from karting into GT sport and racing feeling in their own super sports car for amateurs. Thus, the Dörr Group is the sole distribution partner of McLaren Customer Racing in Germany and Kart Republic in D-A-CH and the Benelux countries. Dörr Motorsport is currently registered with two McLaren 570S GT4 in the ADAC GT4 Germany and another Lamborghini Huracán Evo in the GTC Race / Goodyear 60.
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