Source: AP Racing announcement
COVENTRY, U.K. — AP Racing, the world-renowned brake and clutch supplier, has been selected by NASCAR as the sole brake system supplier for the 2022 Next Gen Cup Series.
The U.K. business has been a major supplier to NASCAR’s top racing divisions since 1987, equipping 13 Championship-winning cars in the Cup Series alone.
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Utilizing the patented Radi-CAL caliper design philosophy, combined with its advanced forged aluminum process, AP Racing has delivered durable, high performance 6 and 4 piston monobloc brake calipers at a price point that suits the objectives of the Next Gen project.
AP Racing has also introduced the new direct drive brake rotor configuration into the series, ensuring the highest levels of performance and durability. This allows the teams to use the same rotors for multiple events.
In addition, the company has been able to supply a brake system that uses the same front and rear calipers for all tracks, with only two rotor options for heavy and light duty brake scenarios – thus further reducing costs for teams while maintaining outstanding braking performance.
The actuation side of the brake system is controlled by the new AP Racing pedal box, which incorporates both forged and billet components. It also benefits from using the latest pull type AP Racing master cylinders, all of which combine to provide control and modulation to the powerful new brake system.
“Firstly, I’d like to emphasise just how proud we are of our dedicated NASCAR project team’” said Richard Gregory, Head of Sales at AP Racing. “It’s their dedication and innovation that has proven pivotal to securing this sole brake supply agreement.
“Importantly, this also highlights just how strong AP Racing is at understanding and responding to the requirements of both existing and new customers.”
“We’re immensely proud to be supplying to NASCAR, one of the premier motor racing series in the world and would like to applaud NASCAR for taking on a project of such a far-reaching scope,” David Hamblin, Managing Director at AP Racing, added. “Moving the sport in this direction will undoubtedly ensure the future of stock car racing by introducing more modern technology, reducing costs and making the racing closer and more competitive.
“We are fully committed to the NASCAR programme, which includes investment in support staff on the ground in Charlotte NC. It’s an exciting moment for everyone in the business, as we continue our ambitious growth plans.”
Josh Hamilton, Sr. Manager, Innovation Communications at NASCAR, concluded: “AP Racing has played an important role in the development and roll out of the NASCAR Next Gen car. As sole provider of brake systems, AP Racing has been able to meet and exceed our expectations in development and delivery of brake system parts. We are thankful for the expertise and professionalism shown by AP Racing and its employees.”