Ellen Lohr

Professional racer, DTM race winner, Rally driver
Motorsports, team work, future of the automobile
German, English

Success is not an accident

The race car driver Ellen Lohr takes her audience into the fascinating world of motor sports and lets them dive into the world of fuel and adrenaline! Being the first and so far the only female DTM Champion, the Global Topspeaker was able to hold her ground in a male domain. Thanks to more than 25 years of experience in motor sports, for instance in the Dakar Rally in 2013 and in truck racing, Ellen Lohr is an absolute expert in this field and has the past as well as the future of motorcars in her sight.

Axel Tödt - Tecar International Trade GmbH

"We would like to thank you specifically for your inspiring and impressive presentation.

We know that you attend a large number of events every year in addition to your motorsport career. We were all the more pleased that your presentation was not characterized by routine, but was rather geared to our company, the festive occasion and the competition runs through our veins.

For this, our heartfelt thanks."

Georg Schneider - LeasePlan Deutschland GmbH

Ms. Lohr's presentation was a complete success for me, our management and the entire meeting. Ms. Lohr as a very sympathetic woman was already with us at dinner the day before and there was a relaxed and great exchange. The lecture on the main day was then as expected very good, Mrs. Lohr had prepared as discussed a mixture from motor sport experience with the future of the automobile and went thereby also still on Business aspects (team, communication). All listeners were under her spell and it can confidently be called the highlight of the day. I can only recommend Ms. Lohr and would definitely engage her again if the opportunity arose.

lectures by Ellen Lohr

"150 left 4 minus" - communication, the pilar of success

„You cannot not communicate“. When it comes to motor sports, this well-known phrase by Paul Watzlawick gets a totally new meaning. Imagine yourself sitting in a race car, driving through Peru on the challenging Rallye Dakar and your co-pilot is everything but clear in his communication.

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No pit crew - no title motivation&team-building in companies and racing

Every success in motor sports is a team effort. However, the audience in general only pays homage to the winner on the podium. Ellen Lohr experienced this phenomenon herself: in countless races, she has won many titles and celebrated her biggest triumph when, in 1992 she was the first and only woman to win a race in the German Touring Car Championship DTM.

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Ellen Lohr began her motor racing career at the age of 14 years with kart racing. Motivated, ambitious and full of enthusiasm, it went from there rapidly towards Formula Ford, where she was the first woman to win the German championship in 1987. A year later, she turned to Formula 3, where she met the great men of motor racing such as Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger. Anything but a simple generation of motorsport!

From 1991-97 she worked for Mercedes Benz and was an integral part of the DTM. In 2004, the dynamic keynote speaker found a new fascination in the off-road motorsport. As a driver and team manager, she has participated nine times in the world's toughest rally, the Dakar Rally. At last she accompanied the rallye on a press car and supplied fans all over the world with in-depth commentary and background material in a (video) blog.

In 2013 Ellen Lohr returned to her old love again and participates in the European Truck Race Championship. In most of all races she plans to broadcast live from the cockpit to the web. Since she has worked as a commentator of the DTM for the German Television ARD for 5 years, Ellen Lohr can adjust well to live situations.

Her experience and her deep insider knowledge about motorsport, the future of the automobile and the latest techniques help her to become an extraordinary keynote speaker. Her lectures are engaging and inspire the audiences. The need for accurate communication and the constant overcoming of one's own limits are among the topics of her lectures. Ellen Lohr demonstrates the motivation and the will to win, which is needed to run a race like the Dakar Rally. Her lectures are illustrated with stunning photos from the world of motorsports from all over the world.

Ellen Lohr attaches great importance to adjust her lectures always to the respective customer and she can also be requested for lectures on other topics around communication, team, motivation, technique and motorsport.

More Speeches:

  • Driving without steering wheel - or the future of the automobile
  • No title without pitcrew - motivation and teambuilding in business and in a racing team
  • ´150 left 4 minus` - communication as pillar for success
  • Adventure Change Management: reaching goals successfully with flexibility
Keynote Speaker Ellen Lohr

News, Presse und Blog

The issue of women in motorsports

Mercedes Benz has published an interview with Global Topspeaker Ellen Lohr:

In the fast lane

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Dakar Rally: Global Topspeaker Ellen Lohr reports live

The Dakar Rally is the highlight at the beginning of the motorsport year 2020. On the 5th of January the race started from Lima, the capital of Peru, to Santiago in Chile. This year’s motto “In the footsteps of Jacky Ickx” fits perfectly with the Global Topspeaker and race driver Ellen Lohr. The Formula 1 World Champion Ickx had won the Dakar Rally exactly 30 years ago with a Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Ellen Lohr will also start this year with this class, A good omen for the all-round racer.

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Motorsport legend Ellen Lohr returns to motor racing

At the end of race season 2016 and after the FIA ERTC truck-racing European championship the former winner of the DTM Ellen Lohr retired from active motor racing. The Global Topspeaker drove with a MAN-Racing truck for the team Truck Sport Bernau and ended the season on the 9th place at the European championship overall ranking. But from now on Ellen Lohr participates actively in motorsport again and caused with this decision a little sensation. She will participate in all 13 races of the ELITE-1-Division of the NASCAR-Euroseries, the European NASCAR-offshot, for the Austrian racing team Df1.

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