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The KNAUS "Raptor’s" first appearance in the DTM

KNAUSpublished at 17.06.2021 at 14:00

Start of an exciting season

  • The KNAUS „Raptor’s‟ first appearance in the DTM
  • First race of the season on 18 June 2021
  • Top driver Philip Ellis (28) at the wheel
  • Knaus Tabbert promotes innovation and performance


Jandelsbrunn, June 2021. The 2021 season of the demanding DTM racing series will start in Monza in northern Italy this coming weekend. First appearance in this popular super league: The Mercedes‐AMG GT3 of Team WINWARD in the bright blue, unmistakably strong KNAUS design – immediately recognisable by the catchy lettering and logo with the double swallows. The unmistakable racing car with its extremely striking front has more than earned its nickname „Raptor‟. 

At the start of the new season, fans around the world are are tensely awaiting the further developed DTM. Thanks to a revised set of regulations, the top series has now opened up to race cars of the GT3 category. This means that the KNAUS „Raptor‟ Mercedes‐AMG GT3 can start in an extremely demanding field. Other competitors such as the Audi R8 LMS GT3, BMW M6 GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo and McLaren 720S GT3 will also be fighting for podium places in the races, which each last 55 minutes plus one lap. Another change in the regulations takes effect with the new season: The field will no longer start from a standing position, but will open the race directly after the formation lap with a flying start. The many big names new to the DTM promise an extremely exciting season with many emotional, hot race weekends.


KNAUS is again relying on Philip Ellis in the new racing series. The experienced professional had already caused a sensation at the wheel of the first KNAUS „Raptor‟ in 2019 and proved his talent. As the final driver in the demanding 24‐hour race at the Nürburgring, the now 28 years old German‐British sportsman achieved a commanding seventh place in his class at the time. In the current DTM season, he is competing in the Mercedes‐AMG Team WINWARD. „Motorsports are always a combination of all forces and thus team sport par excellence,‟ emphasises WINWARD team boss Christian Hohenadel – a philosophy that KNAUS actively supports as a partner. Performance, the desire for success and innovation are the central values at the heart of this commitment. Gerd Adamietzki (CSO), CEO of Knaus Tabbert AG, comments: „Innovative, willing to perform, fast, these are the core virtues in motorsports – and they fit perfectly with our successful brand KNAUS. In any case, our staff is keeping all fingers crossed for the entire team.” In what is now the 35th DTM season, a total of 16 races each lasting 55 minutes plus one lap are planned over eight race weekends. The DTM race dates on Philip Ellis’ and his KNAUS „Raptor’s‟ schedule this year are:

  • 18 to 20 June: Monza (Italy)
  • 23 to 25 July: Lausitzring
  • 6 to 8 August: Zolder (Belgium)
  • 20 to 22 August: Nürburgring
  • 3 to 5 September: Red Bull Ring (Austria)
  • 17 to 19 September: Assen (Netherlands)
  • 1 to 3 October: Hockenheim

In national and international motorsports, KNAUS has been a successful, firmly established factor for many decades. The motorhomes with the double swallows are always extremely present, both directly in the paddocks and in the car parks where many fans camp during the race weekends.

About the Knaus Tabbert AG

Knaus Tabbert AG is a leading manufacturer of leisure vehicles in Europe. The company’s headquarters are located in Jandelsbrunn, Germany. Its other locations can be found in Mottgers and Schlüsselfeld in Germany and in Nagyoroszi in Hungary.

The company has been listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE000A2YN504) since September 2020. In the year 2023 it generated sales of 1.44 billion euros with its KNAUS, TABBERT, T@B, WEINSBERG, MORELO brands and the RENT AND TRAVEL rental service, had over 4000 employees and produced more than 30,000 leisure vehicles.


Stefan V. Diehl - Communications/PR

Knaus Tabbert AG
Helmut‐Knaus‐Str. 1
D‐94118 Jandelsbrunn

Phone: +49 8583 21 – 300
Fax: +49 8583 21 – 550

Nicole Schindler

Knaus Tabbert AG
Helmut‐Knaus‐Str. 1
D‐94118 Jandelsbrunn

Phone: +49 8583 21 – 396
Fax: +49 8583 21 – 550