We set the pace.
Technology for the fast track: Bosch clinches victories around the world with passion, team spirit, and experience.
A racing heart comes as standard.
The systems have all been checked, every screw is tight. On the grid, the drivers wait spellbound for the lights to go out. Now it’s all about winning. For the drivers, the crew, and the fans. And for Bosch: as one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, we develop systems and components that are always frontrunners, even in the toughest race series. With over 100 years of experience, our engineers are working hard to keep motor racing exciting, innovative, and safe going forward.
“Then as now, our automotive technology is successful even under the extreme conditions of motor racing,”
Dr. Klaus Böttcher, vice president of Bosch Motorsport
Experience the performance: Bosch Motorsport at the race track.
On the grid at the world’s circuits: Bosch is always on board.
Bosch Motorsport supports crews and racing teams around the globe with customized consulting and superior technology.
Home match for Bosch
The automobile was invented in Germany, and this is also where Bosch Motorsport is at home. Germany’s circuits look back on a long history – a history that celebrates legendary records and exhilarating races.
Even after more than 100 years of motorsports, the world’s most attractive race series still do their laps in Germany: Formula 1 and Formula 3, the DTM, the WRC, as well as the FIA Endurance Championship (WEC) and the ADAC GT Masters. All these series are at home at the Green Hell on the Nürburgring, in Hockenheim and Oschersleben, or at the Norisring circuit in Nuremberg. Motor racing made in Germany — with Bosch Motorsport, of course.
100 years of waiting
A Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix has been held in Sochi since 2014. The “Sochi Autodom” was purpose-built for the ultimate formula racing series in 2014 on the site of the Winter Olympics that had been held the same year. But the history of international motor racing in Russia goes back much further, with the “Grand Prix of Russia” being hosted in St. Petersburg in the 1913 and 1914 Grand Prix seasons.
Following the outbreak of the first world war, however, motor racing fans had to wait a whole century for a Formula 1 race — with Bosch on board — to be staged in Russia. It was worth the wait — and not just for Formula 1. Bosch Motorsport also guests in Russia with the DTM.
Mad about racing
Australia probably has the best motor racing fans in the world. The high temperatures on the fifth continent not only push Formula 1 drivers and their material to their limits; the spectators along the route are also in a league of their own. For this among other reasons, the Australian Grand Prix — held for the first time in 1928 — has been a firm fixture on the Formula 1 calendar since 1985.
The race in Melbourne is traditionally staged as the season opener in the Formula 1 series. So it comes as no surprise that, after the long break, the fans along the route are fired up to celebrate with the teams for all they’re worth. Bosch Motorsport heads down under both for Formula 1 and further motor racing highlights in Australia: the World Rally Championship (WRC) in Coffs Harbour and the much valued Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The sign of the race
China is the country of superlatives, and motorsports is no exception. Witness the circuit that was purpose-built for the Formula 1 races held there since 2004 — what a track it is: the layout of the “Shanghai International Circuit” roughly mirrors the Chinese character “shàng” (meaning upwards, to the top) and was designed in 2004 as the fastest Formula 1 circuit of all time. So fast, in fact, that in some places the brake load caused the surface to break up and it had to be renewed.
Bosch Motorsport is totally at home in this extreme motor racing environment, and is only too happy to support the Formula 1 with different components in the Chinese Grand Prix.
In the land of unlimited possibilities, motor racing has a somewhat unorthodox history. The best-known auto racing association, NASCAR, has its origins in the Prohibition era, when bootleggers would soup up their cars for better speed and handling. The drivers began to meet up on weekends and started to organize races — the day of NASCAR and its most popular series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, had dawned.
IndyCar is another high-class racing series that does its laps in the United States. The absolute highlight in the highest category of American Championship car racing is the Indianapolis 500. In contrast to the NASCAR stock cars with their touring-car appearance and large V8 engines, the IndyCar vehicles look reduced and resemble Formula 1 racecars. Bosch Motorsport technology is, of course, on board under the hood of both series.
Back on the circuit
If you associate Mexico only with sand and palm trees, you should take a look at the motor racing calendar. Mexico’s high mountain region north of Mexico City is the venue for the highest race run in the World Rally Championship (WRC). At around 2,700 meters above sea level, the drivers battle for victory while their material – and also Bosch Motorsport – must fight against extreme conditions.
Although Formula 1 races have taken place at the “Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez” in Mexico City since 1963, the country feels like the newcomer among Formula 1 venues, since no Grand Prix were held there between 1993 and 2014. It was not until 2015 that the circuit once again hosted a Formula 1 competition.
The other Green Hell
Although the Nürburgring’s North Loop is traditionally called the “Green Hell” because of its challenging conditions, the “Autódromo José Carlos Pace” in São Paolo lives up to the name equally well. The high temperatures and extremely high atmospheric humidity present a huge challenge for drivers and material. What’s more, the tropical climate and the early afternoon starts mean that precipitation at Formula 1 events is frequent, which among other things influences the pit-stop strategy for tire changes.
Perfect conditions, in other words, for pushing Bosch Motorsport components to their limits. And perfect conditions for fans to experience exciting Formula 1 races in Brazil — flagged down by sports legends like Pelé.
United Arab Emirates
Reference project in the desert
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is traditionally the final race of the Formula 1 season, which makes it an important event for Bosch Motorsport. The “Yas Marina Circuit,” designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, is every bit as spectacular as the actual race and the impressive fringe program featuring concerts by real superstars.
Opened in 2009, the desert circuit combines several references to legendary European racecourses. One passage wraps its way closely around an artificial marina, evoking associations with Monaco. The first corner after the pit exit has the same corner radius as the Eau Rouge, a notorious combination of bends on the Spa-Francorchamps racing track. Ideal conditions for legendary desert races.
Bosch is big in Japan
With the Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka International Racing Course, Japan has hosted Formula 1 for over 40 years, but the Asian automotive stronghold also has its own racing series, the Super GT series, which has been held there since 1994.
What makes the Super GT unique is that the cars are divided into two categories, GT300 and GT500, which compete against each other in the same race, often resulting in spectacular overtaking maneuvers. Due to the application of special rules, cars in the GT500 class are the fastest GT vehicles in the world. What’s more, electronic assistance systems such as ABS and traction and stability controls are not permitted, and drivers also have to do without carbon brakes. This guarantees exciting races, in which both drivers and material are pushed to extreme limits. Bosch supplies components to a number of Super GT teams and has been on board at a whole string of championship titles.
Vive la distance
France has held the world’s most important road race — the Tour de France for cyclists — since 1903. But the country has plenty to offer motor racing enthusiasts, too, with some of the longest-established competitions taking place here. Most notably, the 24 Hours of Le Mans: it was back in 1923 that the first teams crossed the starting line in a bid to clock up as many kilometers as possible in one day and one night. And that’s quite a few, with the distance covered having more than doubled in almost 100 years.
Apart from Le Mans, which since 2012 has been part of the FIA Endurance Championship (WEC), Bosch is also active in France with Formula 3 and the World Rally Championship (WRC).
The cradle of Formula 1
Formula 1 is probably the world’s most international racing series, with teams from all over the world competing to win world championship points on circuits around the globe. However, in the early years after its foundation, the British truly dominated the ultimate formula racing series. The venue of the first ever Formula 1 race was the legendary Silverstone Circuit, where the series has in the meantime done its laps more than 40 times. With great success: the British have produced ten world champions with 16 Formula 1 titles between them — a score yet to be matched by any other country.
Bosch is a regular guest in the UK with Formula 1 and Formula 3. And also at the popular Wales Rally GB, which has been a fixed round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) since its foundation.
Number 1 since 1901: our success story
117 years of experience in motorsports make Bosch Motorsport one of the most reliable partners to the world’s top teams.