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The DTM announces Bcomp as technical partner

24 September 2020

The DTM opens the technical regulations to enable a material shift from carbon fibre towards natural fibre on further applications and partners with Bcomp on mandatory parts for the 2020 season.

Bcomp’s ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ technologies have been introduced to mandatory parts of DTM’s technical regulations to enable a direct material changeover from carbon fibre to natural fibres on further applications.

It follows a successful trial by BMW Motorsport and Audi Sport during the last DTM tests in Jerez (SPA) and Vallelunga (IT) last year.

“Being a technical partner of the DTM allows us to showcase the full potential of our innovative natural fibre technologies on the highest engineering level of touring car racing.”, says Johann Wacht, Manager Motorsport at Bcomp.

The Swiss cleantech Bcomp develops market leading technologies for sustainable lightweighting in racing, road cars and even space.

“Being a technical partner of the DTM allows us to showcase the full potential of our innovative natural fibre technologies on the highest engineering level of touring car racing.”, says Johann Wacht, Manager Motorsport at Bcomp.

“With a high exposure to contacts, the DTM shoebox is a typical motorsport bodywork wear part which needs to be replaced or repaired after almost every race. With Bcomp’s natural fibre technologies we achieve the same weight as with carbon fibre while additionally taking advantage of the anti-splintering and environmental benefits. It is an ideal start to introduce Bcomp’s sustainable lightweighting solu-tions.”, highlights Layla Wagener, Specialist Sport and Engineering at DTM, the technology match.

Thanks to Bcomp’s patented powerRibs™ reinforcement grid, the newly introduced natural fibre parts have the same weight as the previously used carbon fibre parts, while significantly lowering the eco-footprint, improving cost-efficiency, and eliminating the risk of sharp carbon fibre debris.

Johann Wacht: “The mission of the DTM “ Laut. Nah. Dran.” – in English: “Loud. Close. Accessible.” can be transferred to our partnership. For us, motorsport needs to be loud in the sense of proofing that the sport can deliver solutions to tackle the unprecedented challenges of climate change. We are proud to collaborate closely with the DTM to make our sustainable innovations accessible to the large-scale automotive market. We “feel the roar” of the DTM and will use this passion to provide benefits to the society.”

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