A home game for Schaeffler: DTM at Norisring
6/20/18 / DTM / Warm-Up
Six-digit attendance figures. Summer temperatures (on most occasions). And Nuremberg’s Dutzendteich lake within walking distance from the race track: It’s not without reason that the Norisring DTM event has been labeled “DTM Monaco” – in reference to the world-famous Formula 1 event on the Mediterranean coast. For Schaeffler, it feels like coming home: Every year, many of the tech company’s employees get to witness the race from the stands and experience the DTM atmosphere firsthand.
Putting pilots to the test
The unique race track fascinates pilots and fans alike. Why? First off, the Norisring is an evergreen track that the series has raced on for decades. In the entire DTM history, there have only been two occasions when the venue didn’t appear on the race calendar. Secondly, it is the season’s only city street circuit. Along the 2.3-kilometer-long laps, slippery road markings, treacherous bumps and a narrow track limited by guardrails, push both the drivers and the race cars to the limit. Last year, Schaeffler driver Mike Rockenfeller fractured his left foot in an accident that wasn’t his fault. This year, “Rocky” is traveling to the event as the top-scoring Audi driver.
Rockenfeller to hit the city center
On Thursday, June 21, Mike Rockenfeller will be a guest on the “VDI Technikmeile” tech show in Nuremberg’s pedestrian zone – right in front of the St. Lorenz church. Race commentator and RTL TV editor Peter Reichert will interview him at the Schaeffler booth. In the meantime, fans can get a glimpse of Rocky’s Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM, as well as innovative technology centered on electric mobility, transmission systems and the entire energy chain. Another highlight: Visitors can watch a 3D printer in action or try out virtual welding.
A long DTM tradition
Schaeffler and its product brands have supported drivers and teams with know-how in motorsport and technology right from the start of the DTM. Since 2011, the technology group has been giving its name to the Schaeffler Audi, celebrating major successes including two title wins. In the DTM, cars with internal combustion engines have traditionally been used. With the help of innovative technologies and products, Schaeffler is working to make IC engines more efficient and fit for the mobility for tomorrow.
Learn more about what drives us, our DTM activities and the innovative technologies “made by Schaeffler” here.