PM: ADAC GT Masters: SSR Performance to compete with GT-aces Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart
- After a promising guest start at the penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters in 2019, SSR Performance enters the 2020 championship season
- Wolfgang Hatz appointed new Team Director of SSR Performance for the upcoming ADAC GT Masters season
- Michael Cap, Head of Motorsports at SSR: “We are happy to have with Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart two extremely fast and experienced GT-specialists driving for our team.”
- Running a Porsche 911 GT3 R, SSR Performance will be supported by experienced specialists from Manthey Racing
- IE Group new main sponsor of SSR Performance at the ADAC GT Masters
- SSR Performance GmbH just moved into a new competence and service centre in Munich, offering services for sports cars and historic icons on six floors covering around 10,000 square meters of usable area including a nitrogen storage
- Due to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the start of the new ADAC GT Masters season is postponed preliminary to August
Munich, 26 April 2020 – After a promising guest start with a Porsche 911 GT3 R at the penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters 2019, SSR Performance GmbH will enter the whole 2020 season of the most challenging European GT race series. The fast and experienced GT-specialists Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart will drive the SSR Porsche during the seven race weekends of ADAC GT Masters 2020. New Team Director Wolfgang Hatz supports with his huge motorsport expertise the campaign of SSR Performance in Europe’s most challenging GT racing series. The IE Group will be the new main sponsor on Team SSR Performance’s Porsche 911 GT3 R for the German race series ADAC GT Masters 2020. Since more than 50 years the Zurich/Switzerland and Munich/Germany based IE Group is specialized in the construction of industrial real estate, realizes planning as well as development of future orientated industrial buildings and acts as general contractor. The presentation of the team can be seen on Sunday 26 April from 13h00 onwards on YouTube https://youtu.be/oszUPZcrc4c.
The young and dynamic, Munich based SSR Performance GmbH was founded by a motorsport and car enthusiast. The exclusive car conversion company had an exciting start into the year 2020. After moving into a new high performance automotive centre in the north of the Bavarian capital, where six floors with around 10,000 square metres of usable area are available, SSR Performance’s motorsport division is now facing the start into the new season of the ADAC GT Masters 2020 with its first event planned for August. During the two-race format weekends of ADAC GT Masters, the fast and proven GT-racers Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart will share the cockpit of the up to 550-horse power strong SSR Porsche 911 GT3 R. Due to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the start of the new season is postponed preliminary to August.
“For us, this high-profile race series is the best possible showcase to demonstrate our competence in motorsports and sports cars,” says Stefan Schlund, CEO of the SSR Performance GmbH. Michael Cap, Head of Motorsports & Events adds: “We are happy to have with Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart two extremely fast and experienced GT-specialists driving for our team.” Wolfgang Hatz was appointed as the new Team Director of SSR Performance for the upcoming ADAC GT Masters season.
For the SSR Performance GmbH, motorsport is an essential part of its DNA. The company has already made itself a name with building, enhancing and optimizing sports and classic cars and now takes on the challenge of the ADAC GT Masters 2020.
IE Group new main sponsor of SSR Performance for race series ADAC GT Masters
IE Group will be the new main sponsor on Team SSR Performance’s Porsche 911 GT3 R for the German race series ADAC GT Masters 2020. Since more than 50 years the Zurich/Switzerland and Munich/Germany based IE Group is specialized in the construction of industrial real estate, realizes planning as well as development of future orientated industrial buildings and acts as general contractor. Production processes and buildings are tailor made and implemented by the company’s specialists to the individual demands and production needs of their clients. Due to their long term expertise in the fields of food, plastic, packaging, life science and technology, the engineers and architects of IE Group understand very well the specific production needs of their clients in terms of processes and the functionality of buildings. The starting point of the cooperation with SSR Performance GmbH was the common project of building the High Performance Automotive Center in Munich, which was opened in March 2020 with around 10,000 square meters of usable space.
At a glance: Michael Ammermüller
In 2007, today 34 years old Michael Ammermüller was very close to landing a seat in Formula One. But when he broke his scaphoid, this dream went down the drain – and a certain Sebastian Vettel was signed by Toro Rosso. But to give up was never an option for Ammermüller. He put his focus on GT racing. In 2008, he made his debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup, in 2012 followed by ADAC GT Masters. After two second places in the German Porsche series in 2014 and 2018, he started to shine in the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. He dominated the series in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and set a title hat trick. Ammermüller lives in Rotthalmünster in the very south of Germany in Bavaria.
At a glance: Christian Engelhart
33 years old Christian Engelhart from Starnberg started his motorsport career in kart racing, before he competed in the German Formula BMW series and had two successful years in the Austrian Touring Car Championship. Then, he changed to GT sports and entered the German Porsche Carrera Cup, becoming three times vice champion. In 2012, his first full season in the ADAC GT Masters, he finished third overall. In 2017, Engelhart became champion of the Blancpain GT Series, two years later he came second in ADAC GT Masters. In his career, the professional GT race driver and driving coach achieved 43 victories and 166 podium positions. Among his career highlights are, besides the title wins in the Blancpain GT and GT Endurance Championship, victories at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and the 24 hours races in Dubai and Zolder.
At a glance: Wolfgang Hatz
Just in time before the season’s start, the young and promising motorsport team of SSR Performance GmbH could secure the services of one of the most experienced top-managers in motorsports. Wolfgang Hatz is not only the mastermind behind the successful Porsche LMP1 projects, which led to three victories at the legendary 24 hours race in Le Mans and three World Endurance Championships in a row. He also collected in other motorsport categories up to Formula One vast experience and multiple successes. From 1983 up to 1989 Hatz worked as an engineer for research and development in the powertrain department of BMW and was responsible as project leader for the development of the legendary M3 engine S14. After that, he joined Porsche and until 1993 led the Formula One development. After several leading positions with different car manufactures, he returned to Porsche in 2011 as Board Member for Research and Development and led the LMP1 program of the Stuttgart based brand.
For its maiden ADAC GT Masters season, the young team of SSR Performance can rely on the support of the experienced specialists from Manthey Racing.
Fun on the race track – track days with professional support
Everybody, who wants to enjoy pure racing feeling, is invited to the track days of SSR Performance GmbH. Experienced racing professionals like Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart are assisting as instructors. Thanks to the comprehensive support at the race track, the customer can fully concentrate on driving. For more information concerning the event calendar visit the web site www.ssr-performance.de or contact SSR Performance via mail at [email protected].
At a glance: The drivers of SSR Performance for the ADAC GT Masters 2020
|Driver: Michael Ammermüller
Lives in: Rotthalmünster (DEU)
|Driver: Christian Engelhart
Lives in: Starnberg (DEU)
At a glance: The SSR PORSCHE 911 GT3 R 991.2
Based on the 991.2 series, Porsche developed the 911 GT3 R for GT racing. Compared to the successful predecessor, the model features even more advanced aerodynamics and kinematics. The six-cylinder boxer engine with a displacement of 4.0 litres delivers up to 550 hp, depending on the respective race series’ rules. The power is transferred to the rear wheels by a six-speed gearbox operated by paddle shifters. The car weighs in at 1,235 kgs.
The preliminary calendar of the ADAC GT Masters 2020*
31 July – 02 August: ADAC GT Masters Most (CZ) or Lausitzring (D)**
14 – 16 August: ADAC GT Masters Nürburgring (D)
21 – 23 August: ADAC GT Masters Zandvoort (NL)
18 – 20 September: ADAC GT Masters Hockenheim (D)
02 – 04 October: ADAC GT Masters Sachsenring (D)
16 – 18 October: ADAC GT Masters Spielberg (A)
23 – 25 October: ADAC GT Masters Oschersleben (D)
*Season start postponed due to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus
** location of the season opening race to be decided
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SSR Performance: New high performance automotive centre offers full array of exclusive car services and nitrogen filled storage under one roof
- Technical service and unique nitrogen filled car storage for exclusive automobiles in Munich
- High performance automotive centre featuring around 10,000 square metres and six floors
- Tailor made services for classic and race car enthusiasts
Munich, April 2020 – SSR Performance GmbH, an exclusive car conversion company which made a name for itself in no time, is based in a new high performance automotive centre in Munich. The complex is featuring around 10,000 square metres of usable floor area on six floors, numerous car lifts, an air-conditioned dyno, a show room and an automatic nitrogen filled storage space for exclusive cars.
SSR Performance GmbH started in 2016 with a single car lift in a 60 square metres workshop in the north of Munich. The company soon began to grow. To meet the ever-rising demand, SSR has put a new high performance automotive centre in Munich into operation in March 2020. Under the new roof SSR will offer bespoke solutions to a demanding clientele.
Technical service and car storage
Classic cars are more than just “vehicles”. They breathe history, they are covered with legends and myths. For this reason, with sensitivity, highest precision and love for details, the specialists from SSR Performance will take care for repair, proper reconditioning, restoration and maintenance for all cars their customers have at heart. Those who want to store a car for a longer time, at the same time protecting it from environmental hazards, can do so from May 2020 onwards by renting a space in a nitrogen filled floor which has a capacity for 141 cars. This unique storage keeps a car in perfect shape, at the same time laying the foundations for an increase in value. Protection from theft, fire and corrosion is guaranteed as well.
All types of repair
To a demanding clientele SSR’s new high performance automotive centre offers bespoke solutions including a powerful 4WD dynamometer. The new service centre will unite every car related service under one roof, meeting all requirements of customers as well as proving SSR’s deep knowledge of high-performance cars.
Rebuilding of engines and gearboxes
To start the rebuild of an engine, the SSR specialists usually completely disassemble it and measure every single part. Thus, wear and tear can be evaluated in order to specify the necessary restoration work. Depending on its condition, a part can be reconditioned or has to be replaced. In the same way gearboxes are treated. They also will be completely disassembled to evaluate wear and tear. If the needed parts are not in stock or no longer available from the market, SSR will remanufacture them according to the original specification. The result always will be perfect functioning, longevity and durability.
To achieve a safe and sporty handling, every parameter of a car has to be correct, for example camber and toe has to be adjusted perfectly. With comprehensive accident repair it can be ensured that each single dimension of the car equals the original specification. The specialists from SSR Performance can fine tune the car’s setup – including the wheel loads – on a state of the art test bench.
Calibration of driver assistance systems
Modern cars are full of innovative and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). They control and check every operating status and affect the car’s handling. If technically possible, the SSR specialists fine tune the performance of the assistance systems (for example adjustments after accident repairs, lowering of the suspension or set up modifications). All systems will be calibrated due to the original manufacturers requirements.
Motorsport: Passion, adrenaline and speed
The racing activities of SSR Performance are an integral part of its business. In this area as well, the company is close to their potential customers, constantly proving SSR’s competence for high performance cars. Adrenaline, speed, passion and professionalism – these are the main ingredients for a lasting motorsport experience on race tracks worldwide. The SSR specialists love the challenge of the most demanding circuits. They are at home in motorsports, because nowhere else the feedback to their work is more genuine. Whether it is about to build up, modify or optimize the race car of a customer, if maintenance work or professional support at any race track is needed – the team of SSR Performance is at the customers’ side with passion and expertise.
Fun on the race track – professional support for race drivers
For optimum racing pleasure everything needs to be perfect. That’s why SSR Performance cares for preparatory arrangements like choice of race track, set-up of the car, necessary personnel and infrastructure as well as for results analysis. Thanks to the comprehensive support at the race track, the customer can fully concentrate on driving. Depending on the customer’s choice, SSR modifies his own car or provides a perfectly set-up race car including team personnel. During selected track days, professional race drivers are available to assist as instructors.
Car transport and logistics
Be it a race car, a classic vehicle or an every day’s transport – the team of SSR Performance ships and escorts any vehicle safely and reliably to race tracks or a storage place, to maintenance or repairs. On demand, the car can be picked up at the customers own garage and can be brought back after an event, repairs or restoration.
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