ZF Aftermarket always strives to meet the needs of each of its customers by employing innovation at every level. Under its SACHS brand, ZF Aftermarket has developed a reinforced clutch kit designed for high performance vehicles and those exposed to extreme driving conditions. To highlight how engineering excellence is directly transferred into serial production, and to celebrate the 80-year connection with motorsport, ZF Aftermarket has teamed up with three global names in racing who will act as SACHS brand ambassadors and feature in their latest campaign.
“SACHS is the brand of choice for many of the world’s highest performance and motorsport drivers, but as a true leader in the field of advancing mobility, ZF Aftermarket adapts its technologies for use in the everyday parts used by drivers on roads across the world,” says Richard Adgey, head of product management ZF Aftermarket.
The newly developed reinforced SACHS clutch kit brings ZF’s technology into everyday life. Developed specifically for high performance vehicles and those exposed to extreme driving conditions, the new kit contains a clutch pressure plate, clutch disk and release bearing. The range initially catered for Subaru diesel vehicles 2008 onwards. The reinforced diaphragm spring offers longer service life and greater contact pressure, which significantly increases transmission reliability. There is reduced friction wear and no loss of comfort as the part exerts the same release force.
SACHS – Leading the Way in Motorsport
The brand has been connected with motorsport since 1937 when the first Mercedes ‘Silver Arrows’ were equipped with SACHS shock absorbers and clutches. SACHS highlights include winning the 24h Le Mans with Porsche in 1985 and debuting at Formula 1 in 1993 with Mercedes and Sauber. Today, ZF’s connection to motorsport extends from technological development to support. Two ZF Race Engineering vans equipped with workshop areas travel the globe during the race season, where shock absorbers can be recalibrated and clutches can be examined, adjusted and repaired. Providing engineering support at motorsport events across 24 countries on four continents, this extensive service significantly contributes to the many worldwide victories supported by ZF.
SACHS Brand Ambassador Campaign
ZF Aftermarket has teamed up with three global names in motorsport who will act as SACHS brand ambassadors and feature in its latest campaign.
Norwegian champion, Joachim Waagaard was the first Scandinavian drift racer to take part in The Goodwood Festival of Speed; leading endurance driver, Christian Engelhart won the 24 hours at Daytona 2019 and winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, Helen Rollason Award; 20 year old Billy ‘Whizz’ Monger is an ex F4 competitor who returned to the track 12 months after losing his legs in a catastrophic accident and now competes in Euroformula.
“Facts about SACHS prove that our shocks and clutches are particularly powerful and help make the roads a safer place,” says Ben Smart, director global marketing ZF Aftermarket. “When you compete at the highest level, proven performance under all conditions is essential. That’s why we celebrate together with these outstanding drivers our 80-year connection with motorsport. As the faces of the SACHS brand, they will be recognizable to motorsport fans around the world.”