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German Touring Car Masters 2012 DTM relies on Bosch technology once more

  • In 2012, DTM will once again feature Bosch engine management, displays, and other standard components
  • MS 5.1 engine control unit and DDU 8 display used for the first time
  • Bosch Motorsport supplies both series technology optimized for racing cars and technology specially developed for motor racing
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  • April 26, 2012
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When the cars line up at the starting grid on the Hockenheimring on April 29, 2012 for the opening race of the German Touring Car Masters (DTM), they will once again have Bosch technology on board. Among the features common to all the racing cars taking part in the series – the Audi A5 DTM, the BMW M3 DTM and the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé – are the Bosch Motorsport MS 5.1 engine control unit and DDU 8 display. The 2012 race season is the debut for both products and sees them replacing their respective Bosch predecessors.

The Bosch Motorsport MS 5.1 control unit and the related engine management software make it possible to set numerous parameters individually and to analyze the data generated while driving laps. This allows teams to adjust the racing cars’ engine and chassis setup quickly and in a targeted way. “The new DTM control unit is considerably smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Its high-performance digital processor core is particularly impressive. The electronics are embedded in a dust- and waterproof housing which also protects it from vibrations and temperature variations, making it ideal for the demands placed by motorsport,” explains Klaus Böttcher, Vice President of Bosch Motorsport. Another piece of standard equipment in all DTM vehicles is Bosch Motorsport’s DDU 8 display with integrated data logger. Drivers can call up all relevant vehicle data on up to 12 color display pages while driving. Each team can customize the information displayed on each page to meet the needs of the team and the drivers.

Bosch Motorsport also provides numerous other components for all the DTM racing cars, including starters, generators, vehicle cable harnesses, wiper motor, and the power box. In addition to these standard components, the teams make use of Bosch Motorsport sensors, ignition components, and fuel injectors. These components are based to a large degree on series-production technology, but are adapted to the higher demands placed on them by motor racing. “We work together closely on this with the prototype production departments at Bosch plants. As a result, teams benefit from the know-how of a leading automotive supplier in every component,” says Böttcher.

Bosch has been a partner to the race series since the start of the new DTM in 2000 and supplies the teams with a whole range of products. Besides DTM, Bosch is also a provider of standard electric and electronic components to Formula 3 and to the U.S. Grand Am race series. Moreover, several race teams in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in many other competitions use Bosch Motorsport systems and components. As an experienced systems and components supplier for many race series, Bosch Motorsport and its experts have the systems competence and integration know-how required for motor racing applications. Bosch Motorsport is part of Bosch Engineering GmbH, a Bosch subsidiary that specializes in engineering services, and looks back on 111 years of participation in the world of motor racing. Bosch technology first helped racing drivers to victory in 1901.

Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 2,000 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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