Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke relies on Space Drive in 2022 DTM
Last year, the traditional Berlin racing team already successfully used the steer-by-wire Mercedes-AMG GT3 and was not only able to compete with the innovative steering technology, but even took the first Space Drive podium at the last race of the season at the legendary Norisring. "Technology development plays a very important role in motorsport. It moves everyone forward and motivates the entire team," says Peter Mücke, Team Principal of Mercedes-AMG GT3 Team Mücke Motorsport. "The Space Drive technology has developed enormously. We have learned a lot about the system. From there, we are actually doing what has always been part of racing: further development under the toughest conditions and placing new technologies in the process. It's very, very fun."
Maximilian Buhk will continue to drive the Space Drive development with Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport as a development driver. "Being able to play my part in the further development of this revolutionary technology is extremely exciting for me as a racing driver. With our third place at the DTM finale at the Norisring at the latest, we proved that the electronic steering system is also competitive in the tough DTM environment," says Maximilian Buhk. "I'm delighted to be able to compete in the DTM for Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport with the Space Drive car in 2022. Because standing still in racing means taking a step backwards, our goal for the second season together is clear: we won't let up in our efforts to further optimise every detail. I really enjoyed standing on a DTM podium. I would like to do that more often in the upcoming season."
Space Drive technology has been an integral part of the DTM regulations since 2021. The Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport was already able to put an exclamation mark on the first race in Monza and take home its first points. "We were able to take away important development impulses from last year's races and have learned how to interpret the driver's steering feel through data," says Hubert Hügle, CTO of Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG.
In the coming season, we will concentrate our development focus on the performance of the system, among other things.
Last year, the Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport celebrated its DTM comeback after a five-year break by fielding GT3 cars. "Of course we are looking forward to 2022. It will be a very tough season, the influx of big competitors into the DTM is enormous. There will be many more cars on the track," says Peter Mücke, who is fielding more cars in the DTM Trophy as well as in the DTM Classic series. "At the end of the road, of course, results that come from a tough championship are much more valuable."
The 2022 DTM will kick off the new season with the first test drives on 5 and 6 April in Hockenheim. Further tests are planned for 26 and 27 April in Portimão in Portugal. Directly afterwards, from 30 April to 1 May, the first two races for the season opener will also take place there, out of a total of 16 for the 2022 DTM season. Further dates: Lausitzring (21/22 May), Imola/Italy (18/19 June), Norisring (02/03 July), Nürburgring (27/28 August), Spa/Belgium (10/11 September), Spielberg/Austria (24/25 September) and Hockenheim (08/09 October).