BMW Partners with OSRAM to Help Drivers Prepare for Night Races

Posted Jun 19, 2017 by OSRAM

BMW Motorsport leveraged a due advantage of OSRAM’s innovative light technology when it launched its charge on the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (GER) on 27th and 28th May. OSRAM being the new Official Partner for the endurance classic in Germany’s Eifel mountains helped to prepare BMW drivers for the specific challenges they faced during the night race on the toughest race track in the world. In cooperation with the experts at OSRAM, the systematic use of biologically effective light helped in improving the performance of the BMW Team Schnitzer drivers.

The competition at the Nürburgring 24 Hours was said to be possibly more intense this year than ever before in the history of this iconic race. That made the details all the more important. BMW, thus believed having OSRAM on board as an official partner made a valuable contribution in allowing their drivers to adapt to the unique challenges of the Nordschleife at night during the race, through their innovative solutions and experience in the field of light.

At the Nürburgring 24 Hours, OSRAM used the Biologically effective light technology to systematically prepare the drivers for their outings in the dark and to allow them to return to optimal performance faster after rest periods. A Biologically effective light is known to have a positive effect on an athlete, for example by signalling to the body to become active and perform at its best, even at an inconvenient time of day. Conversely, it can also initiate and facilitate relaxation. One such example of this is the light alarm clock developed by OSRAM, and light glasses for mobile use. In the device, it is possible to set various colours and brightness levels of light with the light and light glasses. While red light is well suited to regeneration, cool white, bluish light causes the body to wake up faster and more effectively, as it simulates the sky during the daytime.

According to DTM Champion and BMW Team Schnitzer driver, Marco Wittmann (GER), light plays a crucial role in a 24-hour race – not only for the car, but also for the drivers. And thus he too believed that the development to bring in a new approach this year made the difference. Artificial daylight was also used at Team work spaces during the night shifts and at the Schnitzer pit stand.