PFC Brakes announces Executive promotion
PFC Brakes is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. David Mohr to President of PFC Brakes, reporting to the Chairman of the Board and CEO. In his position, Dr. Mohr will work closely with the CEO and the PFC Management Team to pursue the goals set out in the PFC strategic plan.
PFC Brakes is a manufacturer of brake pads, brake discs and calipers that develop and produce world-class braking solutions for high performance, severe duty and fleet applications for OEM, Motorsports, and aftermarket customers. PFC’s mission is to provide products with the highest performance and best value to our customers.
Dr. Mohr joined PFC in 1994 as a materials scientist. He is credited with advancing PFC’s involvement in racing, supporting OEM projects with Ford, GM, Chrysler, Porsche, Navistar, Daimler Truck and others, as well as continually improving PFC’s CarbonMetallic® friction materials for fleet applications. He previously managed the materials science, disc pad design, dynamometer/vehicle testing departments and for eight years was the Vice President of OEM and Technical Sales, actively growing business in that area.
Dr. Mohr has actively pursued the development of high performance/high temperature composites for more than 36 years. While completing his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mohr authored more than 20 publications. After developing improved processing technology for carbon fibres (funded by the U.S. Navy), he then joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Energy and Materials Science Laboratory where he concentrated on processing and testing high temperature ceramic composites for U.S. DOE projects. His work has inspired significant development worldwide, according to PFC.
Additionally, Dr. Mohr has served on several SAE committees including several light and commercial vehicle committees that establish test procedures for braking products, and has also led sessions at the annual SAE brake colloquium. Over the course of his career Dr. Mohr has also managed a private business and has worked in R&D for several global companies with manufacturing locations world-wide.
“We are very pleased to make this announcement. David has been a great addition to the PFC team to help focus the direction for the company,” stated Mary Ann Burgoon, Chairman of the Board. “His lengthy technical background, as well as intimate knowledge of every process and product at PFC Brakes together with his management training and acumen, will help us continue to grow and prosper in the future while we further expand our technology and value to our customers.”
PFC Brakes has been, and will continue to be, committed to excellence in every area and aspect of business.
Congratulations to Prodrive on taking the Nürburgring four door saloon record with their Subaru Impreza WRX STI, equipped with one of PFC’s newest Carbon Metallic compound brake pads.
The new record by Prodrive with driver Richie Stanaway was set on July 21, in a time of 6 minutes 57.5 seconds!
Burgoon, Borner, Cate, Rankin, and Wagner win 2017 Louis Schwitzer Award
• Innovative PFC carbon disc brake system reduces vibration and tyre wear
• Named for founder of early BorgWarner business and sponsored by BorgWarner
Ant Whorton-Eales has been crowned the 2016 Renault Clio Cup champion.
All cars in this series are equipped with PFC brake systems, comprising calipers, disc assemblies and pads.
Click here for full details of Ant’s win (on the Renault Sport website).
Congratulations to Charlie Nesbitt, who has been crowned the youngest ever Moto3 British Champion.
Charlie and the e3 Motorsport / Redline KTM team use PFC 05 race brake pads.
Click here for the full story of his amazing season.
Photograph by Bonnie Lane.
INDYCAR announced today a partnership agreement with Performance Friction Corporation that will make the company the official brake supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The multiyear agreement makes PFC the exclusive supplier of brake system components to each entry competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2017.
“Earlier this season the majority of our teams tested the PFC brake package and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. PFC has a long history of building outstanding performance products that we expect to be a great benefit to the competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “We’re excited to kick off this partnership with PFC and appreciate all their efforts and commitment to INDYCAR.”
INDYCAR began using lightweight carbon brakes at all tracks in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, in conjunction with introduction of the Dallara IR-12 chassis that is still in use today.
“Don Burgoon, PFC Brakes founder and visionary, truly understood the advantages and benefits of PFC’s continuous wound carbon over the competition,” said Darrick Dong, PFC’s Director of Motorsports. “Open-wheel racing is in PFC’s DNA. It is with a great deal of pride and optimism that PFC is awarded official brake supplier for the Verizon IndyCar Series for many years to come.”
“INDYCAR has always been close to our hearts at PFC,” said Nina Burgoon, President of PFC. “We are excited and honoured that this long-awaited partnership is now a reality. PFC is committed to providing the best-performing package for the car and is thankful for the opportunity INDYCAR has given us to exceed their expectations.”
PFC has a successful motorsports heritage and has been a long-time brake supplier in stock car and sports car competition. Previously, the company was an Indy car supplier in the Champ Car World Series and currently is the brake supplier to all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy development series sanctioned by INDYCAR.
Please click here for information on the Verizon IndyCar Series and its 16-race 2017 schedule.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of
RH605 High Performance DOT 4 Brake Fluid
RH605 DOT 4 high performance brake fluid has been specifically formulated to provide optimum performance for car & motorcycle brake systems. Suitable for the road and trackdays, this new brake fluid complements our RH665 racing brake fluid, which can tolerate even higher temperatures.
With excellent high temperature performance to resist brake fade due to vapour lock. Outstanding corrosion resistance and class-leading lubricity to prolong system life and enhance ABS operation.
Typical Dry Boiling Point: 300°C (572°F).
Minimum Dry Boiling Point: 290°C (554°F).
RH605 brake fluid conforms to and exceeds the current specification U.S. FMVSS no. 116 DOT 4, and is completely street legal.
025.0169 – RH605 500ml bottle (290°C)
025.0037 – RH665 500ml bottle (325°C)
025.0170 – box of 12 x RH605 500ml bottles (290°C)
025.0038 – box of 12 x RH665 500ml bottles (325°C)
Riding the Redline KTM Scott Deroue wrapped up the Motostar 2015 championship at the penultimate round at Silverstone. His two wins mean that, with just two races remaining, he has an unassailable 69 point lead over second placed Taz Taylor.
Scott uses PFC 05 compound brake pads and we at Performance Friction would like to congratulate Scott and the team on taking the 2015 championship. It has been our great pleasure to work with Scott and the team at Redline KTM.
Redline KTM now moves onto Brands Hatch for the final round of the 2015 championship as the Champions!
Photo credit – Bonnie Lane Photography
Don’t forget that we can also supply racing brake fluid, mechanics’ gloves and temperature paint.
Please click here to see all of the accessories that we offer to help make fitting and using PFC Brakes even easier!
PFC Brakes can now offer the 7534 and 7614 brake pads in our 13 compound.
The 7614 is a pinless brake pad compatible with the Brembo XA3.J7.F0/F1 caliper. The 7614 is suitable for Moto 2, World and British Superbikes, where this caliper is commonly used.
7534 is a four pad system suitable for Moto 3. The 7534 can used with both Moto 3 Brembo caliper options.
13 compound is the choice for riders who desire maximum braking performance and torque. The 13 compound has the highest initial bite of all PFC bike compounds combined with a progressive torque rise with temperature. Initial bite is managed along with feel and control, so that the suspension is not upset. This allows a smoother transition between the brake and throttle.
7637 is available in 95 and 13 compounds.
We now have in stock front and rear brake pads to suit BMW 135i (2008-13)
These are available in PFC 08 compound, suitable for use at trackdays with high performance tyres.
New Renault Sport R.S. 01 fitted with PFC carbon-carbon brakes
The sensational 500+ BHP R.S. 01 sports GT racer features front and rear 380mm carbon-carbon PFC Brakes with ZR53 6-piston calipers.
PFC Brakes are suppliers to the GT86 Cup run by Toyota Motorsport GmbH.
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has selected leading manufacturer PFC Brakes to supply brake pads to its successful GT86 race car. The 200 bhp rear wheel drive car offers drivers a competitive and cost-controlled entry for the VLN Endurance Series and Nürburgring 24 Hour race that are held on the Nordschleife, where PFC Brakes already equips close to 40 percent of the 180+ car entries.
All GT86 CS-V3 race cars will run PFC Brakes’ legendary Carbon Metallic matrix material pads in the VLN and N24 events. Thanks to its unique six layer structure, PFC Brakes’ pads deliver better thermal stability and a firmer pedal with bite from cold. Equally crucial for the longer races that make up the VLN Series, PFC Brakes’ pads offered better durability and performance over a wide temperature range, providing drivers with confidence to lean hard on the brakes throughout the race distance.
“The TMG GT86 race car is an entry level race car and as such, it requires a brake system that will inspire confidence in drivers of all abilities,” says PFC Brakes Europe’s managing director Peter Babbage. “The Carbon Metallic friction material, already a proven winner at the Nürburgring, has a wide operating temperature range, making it ideally suited to the variable weather and temperatures experienced on the Nordschleife. The higher thermal threshold of our Carbon Metallic pads ensures lower wear rates too, making them ideal for VLN and other endurance championships. It’s why we supply around 40 percent of the VLN entrants; from the pure race GT3 cars through to the production-based sports cars that make up so much of the field.”
TMG is the latest in a growing list of vehicle manufacturers, including Porsche and Renault to realise the benefits of PFC Brakes’ technology for their one make race and rally cars. As well as comprehensive technical support in Europe and excellent local stock levels, all PFC Brakes pads are free from copper, asbestos, lead and chromium.
PFC Brakes have revised the very successful Dallara F312 Formula 3 braking system to use the latest V3 disc and hat assembly. The Direct Drive V3 mounting system uses a spiral locking ring that connects the disc to the hat. This allows much faster fitting without the need for tools or fixings, and weighs even less overall.
• Improved performance • Better control • Quicker release • Lightweight, low inertia • Choice of compounds • Choice of champions!
|Front V3 hat & snap ring||176.540.088.15|
|Rear V3 hat & snap ring||163.550.025.15|
|Front V2 / V3 discs (L/R)||274.19.0033.45/46|
|Rear V2 / V3 discs (L/R)||262.18.0034.45/46|
|Brake pad profile (Non-retraction)||7835|
|Brake pad profile (For retraction system)||7943|
|Front ZR43 calipers (L/R)||43.284.255.290.11/12|
|Rear ZR43 calipers (L/R)||43.284.255.290.03/04|
PFC Brakes is proud to be the official brake supplier for the 2015 Indy Lights Series and will be featured on the Dallara IL-15 car. The new PFC full brake package utilises purpose built, shape-optimised 6-pot monobloc calipers, PFC discs with patented slot pattern, and PFC race pads.
The new Indy Lights full PFC brake package will feature the all new PFC ZR81 6-piston monobloc calipers, PFC ZERO FAILURES™ discs and PFC pads on the front and rear. The PFC monobloc calipers (specifically designed for the Dallara uprights) are 30% stiffer than the current calipers. The new disc assemblies feature PFC’s new patented V3 technology to eliminate hardware, reduce weight, and allow for quick changes. The new PFC package is designed for longer life and added capacity. Despite the added capacity, the new PFC brake package is Lighter, Stiffer, Cooler, and Quicker.
Testing of PFC pad compounds to complement the Cooper tyres has been ongoing to suit roads and race applications.
The origin of the Indy Lights Series began in 1986, and has been a developmental race series sanctioned by IndyCar, founded in 2002 as the Infinit Pro Series. The series has produced some of the most famous race car driver names including Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, and Tony Kanaan. Many of the drivers continue into the official IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.
PFC is proud to be on all 3 “Road to Indy” ladders as open wheel racing is part of PFC’s DNA. The new Indy Lights Dallara IL-15 car is the next exciting step to get to the Indy 500. It should be noted for the 2014 Indy 500, every row has a race driver who has competed in Indy Lights and is a testament to the vision set forth by the IndyCar series with Dan Andersen, his staff and technical partners.
Ganassi WINS 12 Hours of Sebring with full PFC carbon brake package.
The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team and PFC Brakes made sportscar history this past weekend with a WIN at the 62nd 12 Hours of Sebring, the oldest sportscar race in the United States. Ganassi’s Ford EcoBoost-Riley Daytona Prototype was equipped with PFC’s monobloc calipers and PFC’s continuous wound carbon brake discs and pads, 100% PFC designed and manufactured, incorporating new technologies unique to the 64 year history of this icon of endurance races.
The Ganassi team is the only team in racing to have won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and now the 12 Hours of Sebring. The team also switched to the Ford EcoBoost DP motor during the offseason, giving Ford their first overall Sebring win in 45 years. The DP was driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, and Marino Franchitti who took the checkered flag after 12 hours of racing.
PFC Brakes patented continuous fibre Carbon-Carbon disc and pads along with ZERODRAG™ calipers gave the Ganassi team the braking advantage with the best possible package on the track. The technology behind the Carbon-Carbon design is world-class, made from a continuous three-dimensionally wound high-density super modulus carbon fibre. The disc provides better higher burst strength, better thermal conductivity and cooling properties, better friction stability, and better cold friction for restarts without incident.
Before this year the Grand-Am and the American Le Mans series merged under NASCAR’s IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, putting the Ganassi team at the Sebring race for the very first time in their 25-year history.
“We brought a lot of upgrades here to Sebring,” said Pruett, “and the hard work we put in since January really paid off.”
With over 30 lead changes throughout the race, the 62nd year of the 12 Hours of Sebring proved to be one of the most competitive and demanding. With 20 minutes left in the race, a caution flag brought the field together, giving another challenge to the Ganassi team. With their Ford DP and PFC Brakes package, Franchitti had a 4.682 second lead victory across the finish line.
PFC’s full carbon-carbon disc brake package featuring ZERODRAG™ calipers are once again proven to be able to handle the most intensive endurance tracks for the best racing teams in the world. PFC lives by their standards and their customers – NO COMPROMISES™.
PFC Brakes Europe have supplied BMW Motorsport with front disc, caliper and brake pad systems for the M235i Racing.
Initially the cars will be used for the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The cars will also feature in the BMW Sports Trophy.
A trackday / race brake kit is being developed from this system for production BMW 235i models. Please contact PFC Europe for details.
Reinforcing its position as a leader in the design and manufacture of competition brake systems, PFC Brakes has been chosen as official brake supplier to Renault Sport Technologies for its new Clio R.S. R3T rally car. Complying with FIA R3 regulations, PFC Brakes’ pads, discs and calipers incorporate a number of key innovations, such as piston cap insulators to deliver exceptional performance on tarmac and gravel whilst still achieving the stringent cost and technical requirements set for the category.
With the Clio R.S. 200 EDC’s turbocharged 1618cc engine generating more power than the existing R3 car, PFC Brakes’ engineers set out to develop a durable brake system to withstand the higher loads and temperatures generated. Innovations, typically found in the highest levels of motorsport were incorporated to deliver the high performance specified. Examples include piston cap insulators that reduce temperature transfer to the brake fluid by as much as 55˚C thus minimising risk of boiling fluid. Larger and wider front discs are specified for tarmac to improve heat dissipation, even under increased loads such as those experienced on long tarmac stages.
PFC Brakes’ engineers specified a derivative of its proven ZR34 caliper; the forged monobloc aluminium caliper offering the best blend of weight and stiffness. Clever design also enabled PFC Brakes to offer a brake pad with a larger radial depth, providing a larger contact area to deliver better stopping power than the standard size typically used by competitors.
Testing across a variety of surfaces led PFC’s engineers to determine that due to the wide operating window of its pads, just two PFC compounds can satisfy the demands of drivers of all abilities on all surfaces. Both the chosen compounds deliver improved bite, modulation and release characteristics with the one of the versions offering particular resistance to wheel locking. To enable drivers to use the brakes right from the start of a stage, PFC specified brake pads designed to work at low temperatures and the unique metallic matrix construction ensures consistency for the duration of a stage, further inspiring driver confidence.
The announcement to supply Renault Sport Technologies follows PFC Brakes’ selection as official brake partner to Porsche for its Supercup chassis earlier this year. “We are delighted to be nominated by Renault Sport Technologies for such an important car,” says PFC Brakes Europe’s managing director Peter Babbage. “Together with Renault Sport Technologies, PFC Brakes has created a competitive and affordable rally brake package ideally suited to competitors in the R3 category that will inspire confidence, whatever the surface.”
PFC Brakes Europe has announced that the Andreani Group is its new Italian distributor of car and motorcycle brake parts, for both road and motorsport use. Headed by former motocross rider and suspension expert Giuseppe Andreani, the company will use its famed expertise to provide PFC Brake Europe’s Italian customers, on both two and four wheels, with local sales and technical support.
Whilst the Andreani Group is best known for its involvement in motorcycling, the firm now has a substantial presence in four-wheeled motorsport with technical support trucks and technicians attending a range of motorsports in Italy from shows, rallies, circuit races, hill climbs and off-road events.
To ensure the shortest lead times, the Andreani Group based in Pesaro, will stock brake pads, discs and associated parts at its massive facility from where it distributes other renowned performance brands such as Öhlins, Samco, Marchesini and Termignoni. “Andreani Group commands huge respect in Italy and is known for the high level of technical support it offers its trade and private customers,” says Peter Babbage, PFC Brakes Europe’s managing director. “Its knowledge of vehicle dynamics will be particularly relevant when supporting customers.”
2014 will see PFC Brakes Europe further expand its motorsport and road ranges for both cars and bikes. Nominating additional specialist distributors is the latest stage to support growth that has included being selected as a supplier to the Porsche Supercup, with new series announcements imminent. “Our European headquarters have grown significantly in the last six months with two new account managers providing technical support for motorsport, automotive and fleet customers across Europe,” adds Babbage. “With other significant announcements in the coming months, we are creating a robust infrastructure for all customers, wherever they are.”
PFC releases new V3 Disc Retention Ring Technology
(Clover, SC) – PFC has released new V3 disc and hat technology. The advanced design features a retention ring that holds the hat and disc together.
The ring means no need for torque wrenches, and no hassle. The ability to change a disc quickly and efficiently saves time and effort. As well as being convenient, the new V3 technology is much lighter than previous designs, making it easier to put on and pull off, and making the vehicle lighter.
This V3 disc retention method is based on the use of a two-turn retaining ring, which is held in a groove in the hat that overlaps the disc flanges, effectively locking the disc to the hat.
Performance Friction recently unveiled their new “PFC” logo. The new logo embodies a fresh look and feel that is a more accurate reflection of Performance Friction’s corporate identity. The third generation logo has evolved with new purpose and meaning, adopting the name their friends and customers know them by.
While President of Performance Friction Don Burgoon was at a brake test with a premier customer, it became clear that the change to “PFC” wasn’t a new name at all — rather, a formal acceptance of a name the market already calls them.
“Now that is PFC” an excited test engineer said to Don about the confirmed positive results of PFC’s Zero Drag Brakes. “Yes, we are still Performance Friction,” says Burgoon, “but in Germany, Japan, Europe and America, our friends call us PFC.”
A logo is part of a company’s culture and identity, and PFC designed their new mark with this in mind. During the logo creation process, a company-wide poll was taken to aid the decision and PFC employees and customers shared their opinions on the different designs.
“It was exciting to see customers take part in the change,” says Marketing Director Nina Burgoon. “It showed how passionate PFC employees and customers are about the brand.”
With such a valued title, Performance Friction feels that this change will resonate with PFC customers worldwide. Viewing the change is more of an “official” adoption of a name they have worn proudly for years.
“For many in the racing markets worldwide, PFC is Performance Friction Brakes,” says Motorsports Director Darrick Dong. “From the racing viewpoint, PFC is a brand already recognized as a leader in design, manufacturing capabilities, and service for race teams in many countries. There’s a high level of confidence and trust with the PFC brand.”
PFC has been providing customers with high quality brake systems as the leader in race brake technology for decades. The PFC logo aims to reflect their bright, dynamic future and their quest to continually deliver innovative brake solutions to market. The excitement for the new logo is pushing Performance Friction into an even stronger future than before.
PFC releases Corrosion Resistant Protective Coating
(Clover, SC) January 7, 2012 – PFC Corrosion Resistant Protective Coating is a technology unlike any of the competitors. The coating prevents rust, peeling, corrosion, and is extremely temperature resistant.
The PFC coating incorporates high temperature ceramic technology for strong protection on all surfaces of the brake pad. Under extreme testing procedures, the PFC coating withstands all the elements. PFC put the anti-corrosion coating through extreme testing procedures. Within the industry, it is known as the GM9540P testing procedure and is one of the best testing procedures to predict coating lifetime. PFC has added the 650 oF bakes to simulate environmental conditions usually seen under braking.
PFC Corrosion Resistant Protective Coating also endured a salt spray and high temperature exposure test, resulting in absolutely zero coat peeling and minimal to zero rust, with red rust calculated between only 1 – 2%.
After exposing the coated pads to a second PFC cycle of testing, enduring double the salt spray and high temperature bakes, the PFC pads had minimal rust, with red rust calculated between only 2 – 5%. The coating did not peel from the pad, proving its extreme resistance to the salt spray and high temperature exposure. After a third exposure to the PFC testing cycle, enduring triple the salt spray and high temperature bake, the PFC pads had little rust, between 5 – 15%.
Other competitor protective coatings fail completely, ending in severe peeling, excessive red rust, and even 100% red rust coverage on the brake pads—after only one cycle of testing.
PFC Corrosion Resistant Protective Coating withstands all environmental and extreme driving elements.
Performance Friction Corporation wins the 2011 Most Innovative New Motorsport Product of the Year Award
Don Burgoon, President of Performance Friction Corporation, received the award for the Most Innovative New Motorsport Product from Soheila Kimberley, Publishing Director of RACE TECH magazine at the RACE TECH World Motorsport Symposium. Since being released at the start of 2010, the ZR43 Zero Drag caliper has been found on a number of winning cars in NASCAR Cup including Jamie McMurray’s Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, winner of the prestigious 2010 Daytona 500.
Don Burgoon paid special thanks to the number of key individuals who were responsible for developing the ZR43 Zero Drag brake caliper. “I am accepting this award on behalf Nihal Murthy, Jim Vorberger, Darin Cate, Bill Bracken, Peter Babbage, Scott Paul, and Darrick Dong who have worked so hard on perfecting the ZR43 Zero Drag caliper which has proven to be so successful from the time we released it. But most of all I would like to thank our motivation—the racers—who are always trying to make the car quicker. Thanks to them.”
At the same event, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer at Red Bull Racing, was presented with the Dino Toso award for the Racecar Aerodynamicist of the Year. On accepting the trophy, he gave special thanks to his team, particularly Peter Prodomou, Head of Aerodynamics.
“I am very pleased to accept this reward on behalf of everyone at Red Bull Racing, particularly Peter Prodromou, following our successful season in 2010. It is especially pleasing to be honored by one’s peers.”
The award for the Race Engine Designer of the Year was presented to Thomas Laudenbach for the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid which has proved to be extremely competitive since its inaugural race at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The heart of the system features the ingenious Flywheel Storage System developed by Williams Hybrid Power.
“The entire team behind the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid will be delighted to have won this award,” said Laudenbach on receiving the trophy, “as it recognises the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes in engineering this hybrid car that has been so competitive from its first race.”
In its sixth year, the RACE TECH World Motorsport Symposium again attracted at the highest level speakers and delegates from around the world. John Iley, Head of Aerodynamics at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, who has been Chairman of the Aerodynamics/Vehicle Dynamics Day from the start, was once again the Chairman for the day while the Racing Engine Day was chaired by Ulrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Technology at Audi Sport. Lord Paul Drayson, team owner of Drayson Racing, and Martin Whitmarsh, Chairman of the Formula One Teams Association and CEO of McLaren Racing, gave the keynote speeches on the two days. Other speakers included Gilles Simon, the FIA’s Head of Electronics and Powertrain, Pete Spence, Vice President and Technical Director, Toyota Racing Developments, Ben Bowlby, Technical Director, Ganassi Racing and Mark Page, Chief Scientist, Swift Engineering.