KW automotive is, directly and indirectly, involved in almost all motorsport championships and racing series globally. Whether in the DTM, IMSA, NASCAR, or WRC: Many racing teams worldwide believe in our products.
With the popular brands BBS, KW, and Reiger, it’s no wonder that several racing teams starting in big racing series and championships equipping their racecars with our products. Nevertheless, we don’t forget small private racing teams.
It doesn’t matter whether our motorsport customers go to the starting line with a BMW 318ti Cup, a BMW slalom Cup, a Formula Drift, or Drift Masters European Champion. By the way in the DMV BMW 318ti Cup “Morts Racing Team” won 2022 Euro Championship, German Championship and Team Championship.
Additional to the KW Berg Cup, there is another racing series we really appreciate. The so-called Nurburgring-Langstreckenserie (NLS, former VLN).
Our KW motorsports customers are doing it again: Adrenalin Motorsports secures the fifth championship in a row
Overall winners of the Nurburgring-Langstreckenserie were also our KW motorsport customers Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive.
In the BMW 330i (#500) with KW racing coilovers, the Adrenalin Motorsports drivers Oskar Sandberg, Sindre Setsaas, and Daniel Zils won the championship in 2022 with a total of 124 points.
Congrats and more information about the NLS championship in general, you can find at the Essen Motor Show KW sports trophy awarding at our fair booth (hall 3, fair booth 3B46) on December 4, 2022.
According to AutoBild – Germany biggest automotive magazine – the DTM is one of the fastest and most spectacular GT3 series worldwide. In the championship 2022, we also retrofitted all BMW M4 GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R with our KW V6 Racing Solid Piston (Competition 5A Spec II) dampers.
Therefore, we are happy that our technology supported our customers in the championship.
Sheldon Van der Linde of Team Schubert Motorsport drove the new BMW M4 GT3 (#31) in the DTM 2022. He won the championship and his team Schubert Motorsport celebrated the victory in the team classification with a total of 226 points. In the DTM constructer classification, BMW became a third place with 327 points.
In the team ranking, SSR Performance was the best Porsche team with a total of 119 points in the DTM 2022. The KÜS Team Bernhard became tenth (115 points) and the BMW Team Walkenhorst Motorsport was in position eleven with 101 points.
In the framework of the DTM, our sales colleague Tim Heinemann is active as well. Tim won the DTM Trophy for the second time. In 2020, he drove the HP Racing International Mercedes-AMG GT4, and in 2022 the Toyota GR Supra GT4 from Toyota Gazoo Racing powered by Ring-Racing.
Tim Heinemann found his way into the world of motorsports with help of the SimRacing simulation RaceRoom. Next to several SimRacing championships, our colleague Tim Heinemann won prestigious titles.
A Finn writes history
Together with his co-pilot Jonne Halttunen the fin racing driver Kalle Rovanperä wrote motorsport history with Toyota in the season of 2022.
Kalle Rovanperä also won the New Zealand Rallye in the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 (#69) equipped with Reiger Suspension. Thanks to his lead and his performance at the end of the world, he drove as the youngest incumbent world champion to the Rallye championship at the Spain Rallye and to the final in Japan.
In Spain and Japan, Kalle and his Rallye teammates went full speed and helped Toyota Gazoo Racing to win the constructors’ ranking.
In the offroad segment, our motorsport customer Toyota Gazoo Racing won even more. The legendary offroad driver Nasser Al-Attiyah proved his excellent performance. Therefore, at the beginning of the year, he won the royal class of the Rallye Raid: the Rallye Dakar.
Nasser Al-Attiyahs’ victory was only the beginning: This legendary Rallye was part of the first W2RC season of 2022.
In those four races, the Toyota driver in the Gazoo Racing DKR Hilux T1+ won the Rallye Dakar, made it to the eleventh position in the Abu Dhabi desert challenge, the third place in the Rallye Morocco, and the second place in the total classification in the Rallye of Andalusia.
Moreover, and not that popular is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Race in Colorado. There, we also supported the fastest electric vehicle with our coilover engineering in 2022.
Since we are already on the topic: The BMW team “Paul Mill Racing” became Sprint Cup champion of 2022 in their BMW M4 GT3 in the GTD-class.
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