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05-07-2019 | Race Cars | News | Article

Schaeffler Tests Steer-by-Wire Technology on the Racetrack

Patrick Schäfer

Schaeffler Paravan has equipped an Audi R8 LMS GT3 with steer-by-wire technology, making it the first racing car with Space Drive and force-feedback steering.

At the 24 Hours Nürburgring, Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG launched the first racing car with steer-by-wire technology to be approved by the DMSB (German Motor Sport Federation). Racing driver Rahel Frey drove the "North Loop" in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 without a steering column. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 with Space Drive and force-feedback steering does not have any mechanical linkage between steering column and steering gear. The steering commands are transmitted by means of electrical pulses.

The technology designed with triple redundancy is an important key technology for autonomous driving and a basic prerequisite for creating new car interior concepts. "Motor racing is an ideal test environment for the ongoing development of the entire drive-by/steer-by-wire system based on Space Drive. With a view to the future of autonomous driving, these kinds of technologies are going to be indispensable," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and CTO of Schaeffler AG. In future, the Audi R8 LMS GT3 with steer-by-wire will take part in the DMV GTC (Gran Turismo Touring Car Cup).

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