Why we test Space Drive on the race track
Our commitment to motor sports for the benefit of disabled drivers
Why is our drive-by-wire technology, which we have been using for over 15 years to enable people with physical disabilities to drive, being used on the race track? For the continuous further development of Space Drive it is important to gain experience at the limit. This is why our joint venture Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co.KG has equipped various racing vehicles with the innovative digital drive-by-wire system in order to optimize the system step by step together with experienced racing drivers. It is a challenge to go to the limit with digital steering without a mechanical steering column in a racing car on the track. A challenge that the Schaeffler-Paravan team, including all technicians, engineers and programmers, is taking on in order to establish Space Drive as the technology of the future in the steering sector.
This knowledge and experience gained from racing is in turn incorporated into the evolution and continuous improvement of drive-by-wire technology and therefore benefits our customers. As part of the GTC Race Series and various other races such as the GT Masters or the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the modified Schaeffler Paravan cars will compete on the race track to gain new experience for use on the road.
The aim is to test the system in racing operation under extreme conditions in order to determine important parameters for the future development of Space Drive.