ZF became an official series partner of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2014 and is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company acquired TRW Automotive on May 15, 2015, which was then integrated within the organization as the Active & Passive Safety Technology Division. The combined company reported sales of €29.2 billion in 2015 and now has a global workforce of around 135.000 employees with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. ZF annually invests approximately five percent of its sales in Research & Development (€1.4 billion in 2015) ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.
Today’s product range includes driveline and chassis technology such as transmissions, driveline and chassis components, hybrid systems as well as complete axle systems and modules. ZF products are used in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery, rail vehicles and marine applications. The company also focuses on the wind power and electronic components business. In addition, ZF Services represents the Group on the international aftermarket.
In international motorsports, ZF is one of the biggest suppliers of high-tech clutches and shock absorbers worldwide. Customers range from Formula 1, World Rally Championship and Rally Dakar to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and touring and sports car championships in Europe (DTM), Japan (Super GT), Australia (V8 Supercars) and the United States (IMSA WeatherTech Championship).
The “Motion and Mobility” slogan clearly states the company’s core mission: Right from its foundation, ZF has developed and manufactured innovative products for all people around the globe who want to move things reliably, comfortably, and safely, and experience the ultimate in efficient mobility. Quality, technological leadership, and innovative power have always defined the Group’s identity – today as much as ever.
The partnership with the WeatherTech Championship enables ZF to focus their North American motorsports efforts toward the further development of the sports car series, helping establish a firm presence and increased awareness of the ZF brand in North America. ZF’s popular Race Reporter program, which has previously taken fans behind the scenes in Germany and Japan, will be succeeded by the ZF Dream Jobs program in the United States for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Championship season.