PFC Brakes – official supplier to Radical Sportscars
Radical are delighted to announce that PFC Brakes have become the sole provider of brakes to our global network as an official sponsor. The brakes and associated components are manufactured in a state-of-the-art production plant located in Clover, South Carolina USA.
Performance Friction Corporation (PFC) is a brand embedded in motorsport history worldwide. PFC support their product globally across many national and international championships, including IndyCar, Formula Renault and a host of others, both on- and off-road on two and four wheels.
“Radical has long trusted in the high performance and reliability of PFC Brake pads as our preferred fitment choice, so this partnership is next logical step to ensure all of our customers get the same, great Radical driving experience,” said Joseph Anwyll, Radical CEO. “PFC Brakes’ global reputation and network means we can quickly and easily serve the requirements of our customers, teams and championships, with a single specification that works the world over.”
“PFC are pleased to be announced by Radical as a global brake partner, following many years of PFC supply for their racing activities,” added Brian Gore, Sales Engineer for Performance Friction Europe. “This situation will be mutually beneficial to both companies thanks to a single-source supply chain, with products that have been officially tried, tested and approved by Radical. The new partnership will also allow the development of new brake technologies, for existing models and future additions to the Radical Sportscars range.”
PFC have released a retro-fit disc to replace the Pagid disc used on many TCR vehicles.
The PFC disc is produced from better quality materials and machined to finer tolerances. This disc is designed to use the original fittings from the Pagid assembly (PCD 247.8mm – 12 bolt). PFC disc number 378.34.0054.01/02
New sprint material giving high bite and friction without fade. Good release and modulation characteristics.
New endurance material for long pad & disc life.
Also available in 11 & 13 PFC Compounds
New endurance material for long pad life and minimal friction rise with temperature.
331 & 332 compound pads were Daytona 24 Hours class winners
Developed for the Roush P-51 Mustang:
PFC Brakes has had a long standing relationship with Ford and the Roush brand for nearly two decades. PFC has developed OEM friction for some of Ford’s heaviest braking vehicles such as the Boss 302 to the Ford Taurus & Explorer Interceptor police cars of late. PFC & Ford have been synonymous with one another in the racing community who utilize our full range of braking components in every series ranging from NASCAR to IMSA, Continental Tire Series, Pirelli World Challenge, SCCA and grassroots club series around the world.
PFC Brakes was thrilled to be a part of the all new Roush P-51 project which has been crowned the most powerful muscle car on the planet! While the OEM components are highly respectable for their thermal capacity and performance, this build was going to require a few tweaks to ensure optimum performance.
We started with development of a new cutting edge CarbonMetallic® brake pad formulation to give the absolute best performance under repeated heavy braking while maintaining low dust and noise characteristics to help keep the P-51’s beautiful forged Weld Wheels clean.
In an effort to lower weight and increase effective performance we also outfitted the P-51 with 378mm front & 330mm rear patented V3 ZeroFailures™ rotors. Considered one of the most revolutionary rotor designs in recent history, these discs provide significantly lower rotating weight with increased thermal efficiency allowing the ability to dominate the street, track or strip!
Stopping power for any speed ….. click here to learn more!
Burgoon, Borner, Cate, Rankin, and Wagner win 2017 Louis Schwitzer Award
• Award recognizes engineering excellence in Indianapolis 500 racing technology
• Innovative PFC carbon disc brake system reduces vibration and tyre wear
• Named for founder of early BorgWarner business and sponsored by BorgWarner
May 22, 2017 – The 51st annual Louis Schwitzer Award has been presented to engineers Don Burgoon, James Borner, Darin Cate, Paul Rankin and Mark Wagner from PFC Brakes for the PFC carbon disc brake system. Featuring a patented mounting mechanism, the carbon disc and pad assembly provide a uniform matrix which reduces vibration and tyre wear. Considered the founder and visionary for PFC brakes, Don Burgoon (1955 – 2015) received the award posthumously along with the rest of the team during a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“The spirit of innovation drives progress. If you glance in the rear-view mirror, you’ll see that past award winners have improved performance, efficiency and safety for generations of racecar drivers. The engineers we acknowledge today will take their place in history, inspiring new innovations in the future,” said James R. Verrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. “We are proud to sponsor the Louis Schwitzer Award and congratulate the engineers who worked tirelessly to bring this technology to the racetrack.
The PFC carbon disc brake system consists of a carbon disc and pad assembly made from single continuously wound strands along with a patented mounting mechanism. The material and manufacturing process of the disc and pads provide a uniform matrix which reduces unwanted vibration and tire wear by improving the overall balance of the assembly. The disc is mounted to the hat with a novel, yet simple, retaining mechanism consisting of a double rolled ring and locating bobbins. The patented hat assembly greatly reduces stress, bending moments and distortion while the friction behaviour exhibits excellent modulation, cold bite and uniform heat distribution.
Presented by engineers to engineers, the Louis Schwitzer Award recognizes individuals for innovation and engineering excellence in racing technology associated with the annual Indianapolis 500. The award memorializes Louis Schwitzer, who won the first auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in 1909 and designed the “Marmon Yellow Jacket” engine that powered the Marmon Wasp to victory at the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. After working in the automotive industry for many years, Louis founded Schwitzer Corporation, which produced innovative cooling fans, water pumps and turbochargers. Schwitzer Corporation joined BorgWarner in 1999. Throughout his career, Louis achieved numerous technological accomplishments, supported higher education, led the IMS technical committee and maintained a strong association with SAE.
BorgWarner continues Louis Schwitzer’s legacy of technology leadership as the official turbocharger supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The engine of every car in the Indianapolis 500 will be boosted by BorgWarner’s line of EFR™ (Engineered For Racing) turbochargers. Built for reliable and powerful performance, EFR turbochargers feature Gamma-Ti (titanium aluminide) turbine wheels, ceramic ball bearings and stainless steel turbine housings.
A $10,000 award is sponsored by BorgWarner and presented to the winning engineers by the Indiana Section of SAE International.
PFC Brakes can now offer the 7534 and 7614 brake pads in our 13 compound.
The 7614is 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.
7534is 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.
Click here for details about brake pads for your Toyota GT86.
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!