Inclusion project "United in Dreams" presented in Berlin
The German Motor Sports Federation is taking a new, inclusive approach in cooperation with x4in e.V. - Experience for Innovation, PARAVAN and Schaeffler Paravan. On Saturday, 14 August, the inclusion project "United in Dreams" was presented to the public for the first time as part of FIA Girls on Track at the BMW in Berlin E-Prix 2021.
The forward-looking project will enable children and young people with and without disabilities to participate in the popular and widespread entry-level discipline of kart slalom in the future. The project promotes mutual interaction and getting to know the children and young people, anchors the idea of self-determined, equal participation in the minds of young people at an early age, removes fear of contact and strengthens children and young people with disabilities in our society. To this end, the innovative and sustainable Space Drive technology from Schaeffler Paravan enables inclusive and fair sporting competition. Since September 2020, the project has been funded by the "Aktion Mensch" foundation, among others.
Shared participation in social life is enormously important for children and young people, but also for families in everyday life. We have created an important basis for this with our individually adaptable and scalable systems
"In this project, experienced and strong partners are working together to make motorsport an experience also for people with disabilities and to build an inclusive network," says DMSB President Wolfgang Wagner-Sachs. "Ideally, this should ensure equal opportunities for children and young people with and without disabilities in sporting competition in the future. The entry-level discipline of kart slalom is ideal for this."
Innovative e-karts enable inclusive motorsport
Schaeffler Paravan GmbH & Co. KG converted an e-kart for disabled access last year, with maximum flexibility and adaptability. The agile electric vehicle is equipped with the proven "drive-by-wire" technology Space Drive. The agile e-kart is controlled with different input devices, depending on the symptoms: the driver can steer the electric vehicle, which is designed for slalom karting, with a 2- or 4-way joystick, with a gas brake slider or with a force feedback steering unit. This makes it possible, for example, for people to drive who can muster too little strength to operate the conventional kart steering. Here, the driving and steering commands are transmitted electrically without a direct mechanical connection. The Space Drive System offers children and young people with physical disabilities the opportunity to compete in sports together with children and young people without physical disabilities without a steering wheel or pedals.
"Shared participation in social life is enormously important for children and young people, but also for families in everyday life. We have created an important basis for this with our individually adaptable and scalable systems," says Roland Arnold, CEO of Schaeffler Paravan GmbH & Co. KG and founder of PARAVAN GmbH, which developed the system from mobility for the disabled. "From there, it was a matter of the heart for us to participate in this project. Projects like the e-kart project by x4in and DMSB, combined with innovative technical developments that will one day play a decisive role in shaping the future of the automotive industry, make a very important contribution to inclusion."
Vorstellung im Rahmen von FIA Girls on Track beim BMW i Berlin E-Prix 2021
On Saturday, the innovative e-kart was unveiled and the inclusion project United in Dreams was officially presented to the media and visitors in the "Allianz E-Village" as part of FIA Girls on Track at the BMW i Berlin E-Prix 2021. Afterwards, visitors were able to see the performance of the unique e-karts for themselves on a slalom course.
Norbert Haug is also committed to the unique inclusion project in motorsport: "Inclusion is a term that means much more and much more important than a single word can describe. The activity described here will create comparable conditions, which will lead to mutual understanding, shared learning, shared enjoyment and individually perceived quality of life. I support these plans and their implementation wholeheartedly wherever I can and I would be very happy with the initiators if you would support this activity - financially or with deeds."
Already in the coming year, inclusive training and sighting events are to be held and a separate e-kart class in kart slalom for impaired children and young people is to be introduced. Furthermore, in addition to the inclusive organisation of the dmsj - German Kart Slalom Championship, the use of inclusive e-karts for clubs in popular sports is also planned.