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.
Since mid-2005 season DTM has been ‘powered by Aral Ultimate’ – relying on the power of the high-performance fuel supplied by the market leader in the German petrol- station business. Since Aral’s entry as exclusive fuel supplier and sponsor, the racing cars competing in DTM and its partner series have only been using Aral Ultimate fuel. Since 2010, DTM has even relied on a unique innovation: Aral Ultimate 102 – with 102 octane.
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 and efficiency with Aral’s anti-dirt formula – not only in the engines of the DTM racers. At their petrol stations, Aral customers are provided with the same fuel as the DTM stars.
All the Aral fuels feature the Aral Anti-dirt Formula. The Aral Ultimate fuels make particularly fast for a clean combustion and allow for more power combined with reduced fuel consumption.
This has only been possible because the fuel researchers at Aral pursued new approaches and developed completely new fuels that currently are produced in only one refinery and supplied to Aral petrol stations via a separate logistics arrangement. Consequently, Aral’s high-performance fuel meets another wish of the DTM engineers: extremely high efficiency and consistently high quality throughout the Season.
This enables the teams to precisely adapt their Engines to the fuel and the drivers can make full use of their car’s potential on the track. Thrilling races are thus again guaranteed in 2018.
As in previous years, Bosch is a DTM partner again in 2018. 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.
The cooperation of the automotive supplier with DTM always has been aimed at innovative technology, performance and reliability of the racing cars and allows the spectators to witness thrilling motor racing at the highest level. The extremely demanding conditions in the DTM races force the products used to again and again prove their ruggedness and reliability. So, the company’s name is not just a sticker placed on the cars’ in a prominent position but also stands for successfully using the Bosch technology in racing cars.
Motorsport has a long tradition at Bosch, as automotive technology by Bosch has been helping racers to clinch victories since shortly after 1900. The motorsport tradition has been kept alive at Bosch until today.
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 2018 the DEKRA logo – prominently displayed on the car numbers – again visualises DEKRA’s commitment as a series sponsor. More than 43,000 employees work in over 50 countries on all five continents.
Since the beginning of the 2008 season Deutsche Post DHL Group has been supporting the DTM as a series partner. Like the popular touring car series, Deutsche Post DHL Group stands for speed, dynamism, innovation and team spirit. As a modern communication services provider, the company delivers top performance on a daily basis. Deutsche Post DHL Group is the leading logistics and letter-communication service provider worldwide. The group connects people and markets, thus making the global trade possible. It pursues the strategy goal to be the No1 choice for customers, employees and investors. With responsible, entrepreneurial actions and commitment for society and environment, the group makes a positive contribution to our world. In addition, Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to achieve zero-emission logistics in 2050. The group unites two strong brands: Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal-service provider while DHL features an extensive service portfolio comprising international express delivery, freight transport, supply-chain management and E-Commerce solutions. Deutsche Post DHL Group employs about 510,000 employees in more than 220 nations all over the planet.
‘Driving emotion’ – this always has been the motto of premium-tyre manufacturer Hankook. For the eight consecutive year, now, DTM’s exclusive tyre partner supplies the teams with its ‘Ventus Race’ racing tyres.
Hankook also will supply the proven slicks for the 2018 season of the arguably most successful international touring-car series. Despite unaltered dimensions (300/680 R 18 front; 320/710 R 18 rear), the ‘Ventus Race Plus’ – the fourth generation of the tyre that was specially designed for DTM and tailor-made for the spectacular Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG touring cars – will produce even more grip than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the DTM wet-weather tyre will be unchanged, for the 2018 season.
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 evo2, S1 evo2 SUV or the V12 evo2 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.