A Tamworth based manufacturer of high-performance brake components for the motorsport and performance vehicle market has secured a £3 million finance package from HSBC UK to fund new state-of-the-art machinery to boost production. Alcon has used the funding to purchase five Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines as well as a noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) dynamometer.
Comline Auto Parts will support Denmark-based Vermilion Racing as the team’s official supplier of brake discs in Formula Student. Comline ADC1503 coated brake discs will feature on the team’s 2019 all-electric single-seat racer.
National Auto Parts has introduced new-to-range additions to its ever-expanding aftermarket portfolio, with three new brake discs for both passenger car and light commercial vehicles, allowing customers to benefit further from its OE matching quality components.
Delphi’s new range of brake products are currently featured on the company’s stand at Automechanika Birmingham 2017. Products include R90 certified discs, an extended range of coated discs, copper-free pads and a new programme of caliper slider kits.
While Delphi states that its brake discs have been fully compliant with R90 quality standards for many years, its discs for new vehicles launched after 1 November 2016 will now be R90 homologated and certified. The recently introduced R90 legislation only applies to discs or drums for vehicles launched after 1 November 2016. Delphi is also securing R90 certification for discs fitted to older vehicle applications.
Brake Engineering has introduced eight new brake calipers and one pair of brake discs to its range. The additional brake calipers are part of Brake Engineering’s original colour painted caliper range for the independent aftermarket and include two new grey painted calipers for the Vauxhall Insignia (2009) and four new black painted calipers for Audi A6, A7, RS6, RS7, S6 and S7 (2010), and S4 (2009).
Comline Auto Parts (Comline), the award-winning British distributor of European, Japanese and Korean replacement parts, has enhanced its brake pad and disc offering with over 50 new part numbers. The company says its friction offering is a major reason for its status as one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in Europe.
BMW’s E36 M3 is well on its way to classic status, meaning that owners will potentially want to upgrade components. Italian brake manufacturer Tarox now provides such a product, with front disc and pad sets for all models. The kits offer a direct replacement to the OEM parts, but with significantly improved performance and less tendency to fade, Tarox claims.
Brake Engineering is building on its Original Aftermarket approach by adding a number of new products to its entire braking range, focusing not just on first to market parts, but on developing “aftermarket” ranges that are relevant to the vehicles in independent garages.
Although coated discs are a relatively recent addition for volume suppliers distributing comprehensive braking programmes to the mainstream aftermarket, there are two very distinct routes to which these suppliers have committed themselves. The first is the partial coating using an oil-based formula; the second, as adopted by the First Line Group, is the complete coverage of the disc, with a water-based coating.
Braking systems specialist, Brake Engineering has called on the automotive aftermarket not to “coat over the real issues of fitting brake discs.” The company states that training is more important than ever for the independent automotive aftermarket.
Braking systems specialist, Brake Engineering has added six new part numbers to its product range. The new references cover more than 50 vehicle applications for the following makes and models: Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Amarok, Ford B-Max and Fiesta, BMW 1, 3, and 4-series and Renault Clio.