Ceramic brakes to race in IndyCar Series

Surface Transforms, which specialises in carbonfibre-reinforced ceramic friction materials in Frodsham, UK, is currently fulfilling its first full commercial order in competitive motorsport, producing CFRC brake discs and pads for an undisclosed IndyCar Series team. After successful testing in the USA in the autumn, the products are being supplied in conjunction with a specialist brake manufacturer which has been acting as the development partner

Ceramic brakes to race in IndyCar Series

Surface's CFRC brake discs and pads, which have been developed (but not raced) in F1, are characterised by their very high temperature resistance (up to 3000degC) and light weight (70 percent lighter than steel). Test results on-track and on the Cheshire company's own brake dynamometer indicate that the CFRC materials also provide superior cold friction and braking performance.

Surface MD Julio Faria commented: "This order proves our product and technology is commercially viable. We've been working hard on entering this new market and therefore we're delighted to have received our first order to supply into IRL for competitive racing purposes. The majority of the development and testing we've completed with F1 teams has been transferable to IndyCars."

Surface, which is listed on the AIM market on the London Stock Exchange, believes that its new IRL market could be worth up to £500,000 per annum. The company is also developing CFRC clutch plates and is actively seeking to establish markets for its products in sportscar, drag racing and other motorsport divisions.

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