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Bosch Motorsport

Bosch Motorsport equip teams in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Formula 1, DTM, FIA European F3, and many other series with its race-tested systems and components. Bosch’s involvement in motor racing dates back 115 years: the first racing victories with Bosch technology on board came in the early 1900s, and the motorsport success stories continue to this day. Since 2003 Bosch Motorsport is part of Bosch Engineering, a subsidiary specialising in engineering services.

The Bosch Motorsport product range currently consists of over 200 products and over 1,500 versions, including engine control units (diesel and gasoline), displays, electronics, injection and ignitions components as well as alternators, starters, actuators, bake control systems, sensors and software tools. With 22 authorised dealers worldwide, Bosch Motorsport is in the position to also serve even smaller teams, race car owners and motorsport enthusiasts.

Bosch Motorsport and its products are represented in several major race series. It is the exclusive supplier for the DTM, IMSA, and Formula 3 Euro series, along with various cup series.

Bosch Motorsport history

The Bosch Motorsport story began shortly after 1900 with the first major car race. The winning streak started in 1903 at the Gordon Bennett race with the 60-hp Mercedes Benz race car, equipped with a Bosch low-voltage magneto ignition.

In 1954 a Mercedes Benz 2.5-liter formula race car won the French Grand Prix using a Bosch mechanical direct gasoline injection system. This was the first time it had been used in motorsport, making it another pivotal moment in the company’s history.

A few years later, in 1965, for the first time in races its breakerless transistor ignition system was used, this time by the Porsche 906. Shortly afterwards, in 1968, came an experimental Antilock Braking System in the Porsche Bergspyder.

At the start of the 1980s, Bosch combined the gasoline injection system and ignition system to create the Motronic electronic engine control system. This was refined for Formula 1, the result of which was the World Championship title in 1983 for Brabham BMW.

From 2001 to 2005, all overall winners at the 24-hour Le Mans race were using the Motronic direct gasoline injection system. From 2006 to 2011, all winning vehicles were equipped with Bosch Common Rail Diesel injection systems and finally in 2012 the first Diesel-hybrid powered race car with technology from Bosch Motorsport.

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.

 

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