History

Racing with Volvo. Since 1995.

2016

With a victory in the class for alternative fuels at the “Six Hour ADAC Ruhr Cup Race”, HEICO SPORTIV retired the Volvo V40 D5 and decided with a heavy heart, to stopp the motorsport activities around the ADAC Zurich 24h race and the VLN on the Nürburgring next year.

With this, HEICO is interrupting a 21-year tradition during which the team acquired a huge number of podium positions and class victories – including two times a the ADAC 24h Race – as well as terrific memories.

2015

In 2015, after two years’ time out, HEICO SPORTIV was back again at the legendary long distance classic: the ADAC 24h Race at the Nürburgring. Under the motto “20 Years’ HEICO Racing”, the overhauled Volvo V40 D5 enrolled in the “AT” class for alternative fuels with biodiesel. The centerpiece of the “Green Racing” racer is a tried-and-tested five-cylinder “D5” diesel engine that develops around 300 hp and 600 Nm torque. The awe-inspiring KPIs are obtained through HEICO SPORTIV’s e.motion® performance enhancement program.

2013-2014

In 2013 we started with the all-new Volvo V40 - the first racing version worldwide! The project "Green Racing" was supported again by Evonik Industries, Castrol and Pirelli. The HEICO drivers Patrick Brenndörfer and Martin Müller drove in class for "alternative fuels" in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The vehicle offers highly racing technology such as a sequential racing gearbox with paddle shift from Holinger and a body kit made out of carbon fiber. Initial technical problems prevented good race results, but the speed of the Volvo V40 D5 is from the start on the level of its predecessor.

2012

2012 HEICO SPORTIV starts for the first time with bio-diesel in its tank, supported from chemical group Evonik Industries. With its Advanced Intermediates business division, it is a leading supplier of the alcoholates used in producing bio-diesel. Engine is the five-cylinder “D5” blockbuster with 2.4 liter capacity. In its racing configuration, the engine generates around 300 hp and 600 Nm torque which are attained by comprehensive mechanical modifications and a new engine management system. While the season’s undisputed highlight will be the 24 Hours Race and other selected races of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship (VLN).

2011

In 2011 HEICO of SPORTY started due to the prohibition of bio ethanol in the class „SP4T“ for turbo-vehicles upto max. 2.6 liters capacity again. With a further developed Volvo C30 T5 and energetic partners such as Castrol and Pirelli HEICO SPORTIV compete against numerous work cars. With a second place at the 24 Hours Race and the 6 Hours Race the pilots Ulli Andree, Patrick Brenndörfer, Frank Eickholt and Martin Müller confirms again the sportiness pent up in a Volvo and the excellence of HEICO SPORTIV’s performance products and team.

2010

Historic victory in 2010: HEICO SPORTIV became the first ever team to capture a class victory with a bioethanol-powered vehicle at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife 24 Hour Race. The ca. 25 km (15.6 mile) combination of the Nürburgring’s Grand Prix track and Nordschleife translates to a total driving distance of exactly 3,248.4 km – the distance from Volvo in Göteborg (Sweden) to Pirelli in Milan (Italy) and back again! After 2007 and 2009 HEICO SPORTIV have notched up another class victory at the 6 Hour ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race.

2008-2009

Debut of the all-new Volvo C30 T5 – powered by bioethanol. The HEICO HS3 has the same 2.5 liter 5-cylinder engine as the HS4 ODIN and advantages concerning weight, balance and suspension. Drivers were again Patrick Brenndörfer, Martin Müller and Ulli Andree. Already the second start for the HEICO HS3 E85 was the first success: Victory at the 4h race "Münsterlandpokal" in the class for alternative fuels "SP11".

2007

In 2007 HEICO SPORTIV enters virgin soil and goes innovative and forward-looking ways. For the first time HEICO SPORTIV races in a class for alternative fuels. A special prepared and modified T5-engine is used and runs with Bioethanol E85. The usage of E85 is largely CO2-neutral, because the emission of carbon dioxide cannot be more than the plants have collected during their growth. Herewith HEICO SPORTIV as one of the first teams worldwide is giving proof, that environment protection and motor sport are truly compatible. With success: first victory of a bioethanol powered touring car at the "6h-Race Nürburgring" in class for alternative fuels.

2006

In 2006, HEICO SPORTIV launched its brand new HEICO HS4 ODIN, based technically on the Volvo S40 T5 and won two races. The liberal rule of the "SP4T" rule for vehicles with 2.5 liter turbo engines allows for a wide range of modifications. The over 350hp strong HEICO HS4 ODIN will take part in the 24 Hour Race and selected long distance races at the Nürburgring. The proprietary developed vehicle will be piloted by the HEICO Team consisting of Patrick Brenndörfer and Martin Müller. The Team will gain an additional member - Frank Eickholt - for the 24 Hour Race.

2005

2005 was the starting point for a further, ambitious project – the restoration of a Volvo 240 Turbo. A Group A touringcar was imported specially from Sweden for this project. Since then, all the final technical touches – such as the water injection which boosts performance to over 320 hp – have been added step by step to the ex-Volvo factory car. The Volvo 240 Turbo can be seen live from time to time at youngtimer races and at "Tourenwagen-Revival" on the Nürburgring's Nordschleife. At the same time, work started on the HEICO HS4 ODIN and, for the Volvo Original Cup, a special Volvo 740 GL was constructed almost ready for series production.

2003-2004

This plucky idea convinced all along the line. At the 24 Hour Race in 2003 the HEICO HS4 excelled through speed and reliability, despite the rules imposing a turbo penalty factor on the 250 hp Volvo which forced it to compete in the 3.5 liter class. Attaining 7th place (from a total of almost 30 starters) made the achievement all the more fulfilling for HEICO SPORTIV and the Team. 2004 started off promisingly, as if it would even top 2003. But a racing accident – incurred through no fault of our own – put an end to any hopes of a better performance. With a new engine Patrick Brenndörfer, Martin Müller and Frank Eickholt once again successfully completed the world's hardest long-distance race still in the competition.

2001-2002

In 2001 the original S40 was followed a new, meanwhile silver one with a sequential 6-gear sports transmission and the aerodynamics of the BTCC Volvo. This promoted the HEICO S40 to class favorite, which – piloted by Ulli Andree, Holger Eckhardt and Andy Middendorf – competed in the full Long Distance Championship 2001 and 24-Hour Race. The team was re-formed 2002, following a new concept: namely the reduction in costly – and ultimately very fault prone – pure racing car technology, with a greater focus on using HEICO SPORTIV series products. In dong so, the 2-liter aspirating engine was replaced by a T4 turbo motor engine in combination with a 5-gear standard transmission and Continental tread tires.

1998-2000

After numerous successes from HEICO Motorsport (Wiesbaden), HEICO SPORTIV (Weiterstadt) continues race activities with Volvo cars and presented a Group A touringcar in 1998, based on the new Volvo S40 2.0. The "40" series proved its undeniable stability in the course of many a 24-hour and long-distance race, and the yellow & white racing car earned its laurels with a number of medal winning performances in 1999 and 2000. Wolfgang Kaufmann, Reiner Wehner and Patrick Simon were in the driving seat. HEICO SPORTIV was also awarded the title "Official Volvo Motor Sport Partner".

1995-1997

In 1995, HEICO Motorsport (Wiesbaden) developed two Volvo 850 Turbo Group A vehicles on behalf of Volvo Deutschland which continued to race successfully on the Nürburgring until 1997. In doing so, HEICO Motorsport and Volvo Deutschland continued a tradition which caused uproar as far back as the 1980s. In 1985, Per Stureson of Sweden became German Touringcar Champion (formerly DPM, predecessor of today's DTM) in his Volvo 240 Turbo. For its comeback Volvo Deutschland came up with a first ever sports estate and enthralled the masses by its unmistakable five-cylinder sound. The Volvo 850 T5 was piloted by among others Wolfgang Kaufmann, Andy Middendorf, and Manfred Wollgarten.