As a communication platform, the DTM provides its partners exceptional performance opportunities. This many claim, to the DTM it gets attests by independent institutes. The response from TV viewers and race visitors settled DTM in the top league of sports events and the prospects for continued success are promising.
For ADAC, young-talent promotion represents a major priority: no matter if rally or karting, motorbike road racing or motocross – as organiser of the ADAC GT Masters or partner of DTM and FIA Formula 3 European Championship road racing – with more than 19.7 million members, ADAC is the perfect starting point for every talent. In addition, ADAC is involved in the areas young-talent promotion and safety. In the past, the ‘ADAC Stiftung Sport’ supported – inter alia – F1 drivers such Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hülkenberg or Pascal Wehrlein as well as DTM drivers Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock.
In addition to their successful young-driver promotion, ADAC also stands for a broad motor-racing basis: year by year, ADAC Motorsport in Munich and its 18 regional and more than 1,800 local clubs organise some 3,300 events all over Germany. Two highlights on the 2017 motor-racing calendar: the ‘ADAC Rallye Deutschland’, the German Word Rally Championship round, held from 17th to 20th August around Saarbrücken – and one of the biggest motor-racing events on German soil: the German Motorbike GP, held at the Sachsenring from 30th June to 02nd July.
Further highlights are the seven ADAC GT Masters weekends, with German sports channel ‘Sport 1’ covering all the 14 races live; the ADAC Formula 4 and the touring-car series ADAC TCR Germany. In rallying, ADAC Motorsport is involved with the ‘ADAC Rallye Masters’ and the ‘ADAC OPEL Rallye Cup’ as well as the DRM, German Rally Championship and in motorbike racing inter alia with the ADAC MX Masters, the ADAC Northern Europe Cup and the ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM. And when it comes to motor racing on water, ADAC organisers the ‘ADAC Motorboot Masters’, a successful platform for motorboat and jet-ski racers.
Since the middle of the 2005 season the DTM has been ‘powered by Aral Ultimate’ – relying on the power of the high-performance fuel supplied by the market leader in the German filling station business. Since Aral’s entry as exclusive fuel supplier and sponsor, the racing cars competing in the DTM and its partner series have only been using Aral Ultimate petrol. Since 2010 the DTM has even been running with a unique innovation: Aral Ultimate 102 – with 102 octanes.
The advanced fuel – like the crystal-clear Aral Ultimate Diesel fuel developed in a parallel project – sets new, pioneering benchmarks in terms of combining performance with environmental protection – not only in the engines of the DTM racers. At their filling stations, Aral customers get the same fuel as the DTM stars. Aral Ultimate fuels assure better performance, clean combustion, less fuel consumption and reduced emissions. This has only been possible because the fuel researchers at Aral pursued new approaches and developed completely new fuels, which are currently produced in only one refinery and supplied to Aral filling stations via a separate logistics arrangement. Consequently, Aral’s high-performance fuel meets another wish of the DTM engineers: standard levels of high quality – throughout the season.
This enables the teams to attune their engines precisely to the fuel, and the drivers have the full potential of their vehicles at their disposal on the track. Thrilling races are thus again guaranteed in 2017. Aral Ultimate wishes all DTM teams and fans a successful 2017 season.
As in previous years, Bosch is a DTM partner again in 2014. The successful cooperation between the automotive supplier and the racing series far exceeds a normal sponsoring commitment. The DTM vehicles have complex racing technology from Bosch on board: all the racing cars used in the series are equipped with engine control units and displays from Bosch. Bosch’s engine control units for racing and engine management software allow individual adjustments to be made of numerous parameters and data analyses of laps driven. This gives the engineers of the race teams the possibility to compare the results of various adjustments for quick and pinpoint performance of engine settings and suspension set-ups. Furthermore, the display instrument in the cockpit that supplies the drivers with key vehicle information during the race is from Bosch as well. The DTM cars also use numerous other Bosch products such as sensors, spark plugs, starters and generators.
Bosch does not only compete in DTM but the Bosch technology also celebrates successes in the FIA Endurance Championship with its highlight, the Le Mans 24-Hour Race: Since 2006 vehicles with diesel direct injection from Bosch have been turning the ideas of many motorists upside down with their victories – at least with respect to ‘diesel’. And when in 2012 an Audi R18 e-tron quattro with diesel hybrid drive won the legendary race at Le Mans for the first time Bosch technology was on board as well. Bosch equipped the cars with the common rail injection system and the motor generator unit (MGU). The MGU electrically feeds the energy recovered during braking events into a flywheel accumulator and drives the front axle of the racing car using two electric motors during acceleration.
After having clinched another victory in 2014 Audi is competing with this technology in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro at La Sarthe again in 2017.
Motorsport has a long tradition at Bosch, as automotive technology by Bosch has been helping racers to clinch victories since shortly after 1900.
DTM and DEKRA can look back on a partnership of more than 25 years. DEKRA, one of the world’s leading expert organisations, has been part of the grid since 1989 – which makes it the epitome of a traditional DTM partner. From the outset, the collaboration has been focused on the safety of the racing vehicles and thus their drivers. As ‘official technical partner of the DTM’, DEKRA provides the technical stewards for the racing events whose activities, though, are not limited to trackside scrutineering. DEKRA’s experts have always been involved in developing and refining the regulations as well. This particularly applied to the completely revised, forward-thinking set of regulations that came into effect in 2012, which rang in a new era with even more spectacular DTM vehicles. In 2015 the DEKRA logo – prominently displayed on the car numbers – again visualises DEKRA’s commitment as a series sponsor. “The DTM as a premium racing series in Europe is an outstanding platform for our company that makes it possible for us to provide our know-how and our core competency as a worldwide leading expert organisation. We are proud of having been able to make a substantial contribution to vehicle safety and its further development in the past years,” says Clemens Klinke, Chairman of the Management Board of DEKRA Automobil GmbH and Member of the Management Board of DEKRA SE.
With more than 30,500 employees, DEKRA is featured as an innovative and internationally leading service company in the automotive, general industrials and HR sectors.
Since the beginning of the 2008 season Deutsche Post – the German Postal Service – has been supporting the DTM as a series partner. Like the popular touring car series, Deutsche Post stands for speed, dynamism, innovation and team spirit. As a modern communication services provider, the company delivers top performance on a daily basis. Every day, postmen and –women assure the safe delivery of about 64 million letters to their intended recipients.
In terms of reliability and speed Deutsche Post achieves top marks on an international scale. 94 per cent of all domestic letters are delivered within one day. The Germany-wide network of branch offices and the work of 86,000 postmen and –women across the country give customers the best possible assurance of receiving reliable mail service. This way, Deutsche Post underlines its claim of being the Postal Service for Germany.
The company has been active in motorsport for many years. Since 2004 the Deutsche Post Speed Academy has been assisting young, talented drivers in making their way into professional racing. Every season the candidates fight a remote duel for the ‘Motorsport Talent of the Year’ title. A professional judging panel consisting of racing and media experts evaluates the sporting and personal performances of the drivers. The experts, for example, include Timo Glock, DTM driver and ex-Formula 1 racer, motorsport legend Hans- Joachim Stuck, DTM legend Klaus Ludwig, sports official Hermann Tomczyk and “Mr Formula 1” Kai Ebel. Through its DTM commitment, Deutsche Post expands its active support of motorsport in Germany.
‘Driving emotion’ – this always has been the motto of premium-tyre manufacturer Hankook. For the fifth consecutive year, now, DTM’s exclusive tyre partner supplies the teams with its ‘Ventus Race’ racing tyres. In the 2015 season, the tyre that was specially developed for DTM and designed to perfectly match the spectacular DTM racers of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will be available in the dimensions 300/680 R 18 for the front wheels and 320/710 R 18 for the rear – both as slick and wet-weather tyre. Hankook’s DTM racing tyres are loaded with the latest top technology and for the drivers, they always represent the appropriate, consistent high-performance choice for motor racing at the highest level. But for Hankook, performance and quality also represent the top priorities aloof from the racetrack. Therefore, the company makes above-average R&D investments. And the result can be experienced by any driver on public roads – for instance with the ultimate Ventus road tyres, the S1 evo. or the V12 evo. that were developed on the basis of the DTM motor-racing technology. As one of the fastest growing tyre manufacturers, Hankook develops and produces – in Europe and all over the world – innovative tyres with tailor-made, future-orientated technologies for passenger cars, SUVs/4x4s, vans, transporters, motor homes, trucks and busses. The range global OEM customers of the company comprises – in addition to the premium-car manufacturers involved in DTM – quite a number of other internationally leading car manufacturers.