ZF AND SACHS: MOTOR RACING IMPROVES THE BREED
It is an old ideology, but an accurate one
For many manufacturers and suppliers, nothing, not even the most extremes of off-road or on-road adventuring, can test automotive components like serious on-track competition. ZF Aftermarket and its Sachs brand says this is why it has been heavily immersed in global motor sport since 1923.
ZF utilises the Sachs motorsport program as a development platform for its range of original equipment and aftermarket shock absorbers and clutches, and as validation of their performance and durability. Formula 1, World Rally Championship, DTM German Touring Cars, off-road racing, drifting, and of course on home soil, the Supercars Championship, have all witnessed this proactive development and testing of Sachs products.
Every year more than 10 million vehicles fitted with Sachs shock absorbers roll off assembly lines around the world, in what ZF calls an impressive demonstration of its credibility and compliance as an original equipment supplier.
This extensive product catalogue manifests itself into a local range of more than 2,500 aftermarket shock absorbers, together with a further 350 strut mounts and bearings, and 200 bump stops and boot kits. Shock absorber fitments are available for performance cars, family cars, SUVs, trucks, trailers and light commercial vehicles, with a specialised Sachs MAX range for 4×4, off-road-vehicles and utes.
Clutches too are a core product from ZF’s Sachs brand, with more than 1500 units on offer. Like it’s shock absorbers, Sachs clutches have a long history of performance and durability validation in all manner of motor racing, including Formula 1 and, locally in Supercars. Sachs clutches can be ordered from ZF Services Australia individually or as installation kits.
Sachs and Australian motor sport
Think Australian motorsport and you think Craig Lowndes. A long time Ambassador of the brand, Craig has recently taken on the role of Product and Technical Expert for Sachs and is no stranger to the range.
Craig has raced on the product for the last 15 seasons in a winning combination that most recently includes the 2019 Pirtek Enduro Cup. Craig and team-mate Jamie Whincup raced to four wins in six races while Triple Eight Race Engineering teammates Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander also won a race, giving the Sachs brand five wins from six races.
The knowledge gained from the Sachs competition program worldwide is utilised by its engineers to perfect products for the road, finding the optimum balance between performance and comfort without compromising quality.
For detailed application information on the full Sachs range, visit www.sachsprovenperformance.com or contact ZF Services Australia via 1800 ZF SALES (93 72537).