A special project by Phoenix Racing and Schaeffler Paravan: At the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, the two companies presented the first DMSB-approved racing car without a steering column.
Paravan GmbH has been developing and researching the “Steer-by-wire” system for 17 years. Phoenix Racing has equipped the Audi R8 LMS GT3 with a special Force-Feedback-steering wheel. Since steering column is not required, the commands are no longer transmitted mechanically, but within milliseconds via cable that uses electrical impulses.
Starts in the DMV GTC are planned for further development of this special racing car. The converted Audi R8 LMS GT3 with Markus Winkelhock at the wheel already showed an impressive performance at its racing debut.
“We are proud to be part of this project,” says Ernst Moser. “Roland Arnold and his team are always striving to expand their know-how and test the technology to its limits. With our experience from motorsport we can make an important contribution to this.”
The fans around the track can look forward to a remarkable highlight shortly before the start of the 24-hour race: for the first time a vehicle without a steering column will drive on the Nordschleife. Rahel Frey, long-time Audi driver, will be driving the car during the demo lap.