From Track to Road - Next Generation Steering
From Track to Road - Space Drive in racing
Racing is the ultimate accelerator for vehicle development. It relentlessly reveals limits, pushes technology to the limits of its capabilities and promotes important insights for road use.
What works in racing will later also work in series production. At Schaeffler Paravan, we use this approach to test and further develop the revolutionary steer-by-wire technology Space Drive. The technology has been approved by the DMSB since 2019 and is now also firmly anchored in the DTM regulations. It's not just about testing a new technology: we're breaking with 125 years of automotive history and doing away with conventional mechanical steering. We are convinced that the steering of the future is digital! We are now laying the foundation for this on the race track.
Impressions from the race track
Space Drive has developed enormously. We have learned a lot about the system. So we are actually doing what has always been part of racing: further development under the toughest conditions and placing new technologies in the process.
If you want to get better, you should measure yourself against the best. The new DTM is predestined for this: Top drivers, fair and tough competition and, thanks to the new GT3 regulations, a wide variety of major automobile brands.
That doesn't just excite motorsport fans worldwide. It also makes the DTM the ideal innovation and marketing platform for Space Drive! Schaeffler Paravan will be back at the starting line in 2022 with renewed vigour and plenty of motivation. Ready to take the next step in the development of Space Drive technology.
53 professional racers in action
Over 66,000 km in racing use
Data collection from over 200 channels
Different racing cars (GT3, GT4, Rally,...)
14 race wins and 31 podium finishes
Without arms and legs in the racing car
Our brand ambassador Janis McDavid continues to work with us on a very special project. The aim is to drive a converted steer-by-wire racing car with joystick steering at full throttle on the race track - without any arms or legs...
Space Drive Race Calendar 2022
April, 29. - 30. – Autódromo do Algarve, Portimao, PT
May, 20. - 23. – Lausitzring, Lausitz, DE
June, 17. - 19. – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, IT
July, 01. - 03. – Norisring, Nürnberg DE
August, 26. - 28. – Nürburgring, Nürburg, DE
September, 09. - 11. – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa-Francorchamps, BE
September, 23. - 25. – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, AT
October, 07. - 09. – Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, DE
GTC Race 2022
April, 08. - 10. – Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Oschersleben, DE
July, 15. - 17. – Lausitzring, Lausitz, DE
July, 29. - 31. – Nürburgring, Nürburg, DE
August, 26. - 28. – TT Circuit Assen, Assen, NL
September, 09. - 11. – Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, DE
German Rally Championship 2022
June, 10. - 11. – Stemwede
July, 01. - 02. – Mittelrhein
August, 19. - 20. – St. Wendel
October, 01. - 02. – Cimbern
October, 14. – 15. – 3 Städte, DE, AT, TSCH
June, 24. - 26. – Watkins Glen, NY, USA / 6 HRS Rennen
October, 01. – 02. – Petit LeMans, Georgia, USA / 10 HRS Race
The challenge of rally sport
In rallying, the stresses on the Space Drive System are quite different from those in classic circuit racing. Here, extremely fast steering movements and very different movement stimuli affect the system. In addition, there are different road conditions, on mud, snow and gravel tracks and changing external conditions such as dirt and moisture. This extreme challenge provides important impulses and completely new data for system development.
For me, working with Schaeffler Paravan is a new stage in my rallying career. Space Drive opens up completely new possibilities in rallying. Things are possible that would not be possible with mechanical steering systems!