Engineering firm Schaeffler and BMW M Motorsport are to extend their collaboration for the upcoming 2019 season. The Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM is based on the 600hp car from BMW team RMG and sports the distinctive green and white Schaeffler design. The car will compete in 18 races during the course of the year with two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann at the wheel.
Matthias Zink, CEO of Schaeffler’s automotive OEM division, said, “Successful involvement in various racing series has always been of great importance for Schaeffler – and we are expanding our base with this new collaboration with BMW Motorsport in the DTM.
“The DTM is and remains a powerful platform, and its future prospects are very positive. We are delighted to be opening a new chapter in our history in this series together with BMW, built on decades of trusting partnership.”
BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt said, “Generating points of contact for extensive cooperations with our partners that go far beyond basic branding is always an important criterion for us.
“In the case of Schaeffler, that is completely fulfilled. Our two companies already have a close relationship in the volume production of cars, and we are now extending that relationship to the race track.”
The 2019 DTM season is set to begin on May 4 in Hockenheim in Germany and will include 18 races held over nine weekends in Belgium, Italy and the UK, before it returns to Hockenheim for the grand finale on October 5.