A behind-the-scenes photoshoot at TMD Friction’s test track in East Yorkshire has revealed the extensive testing Pagid braking products endure before they are put into production.
As a key brand of leading OE and aftermarket brake manufacturer, TMD Friction, which invests €30million in R&D annually, Pagid braking products are truly put through their paces before they reach the end user.
Following machine testing, Pagid brakes are track-tested at TMD Friction’s own facility, on its own fleet of vehicles, allowing specific assessments to be carried out at very high speeds, without interfering with the public.
Comprising a BMW 3 Series, 3-litre, an Audi A4 2-litre, an Audi A5 3-litre, a VW Golf and a Ford Transit Connect, the Pagid test fleet, which covers a broad range of applications and braking systems, undergoes extensive testing where everything from judder and noise, to hill hold capability and overall stopping performance, are assessed.
Having its own test track and fleet and recreating worst-case scenarios such as being at maximum load and extreme high-speed driving and braking, means TMD can be confident its products will meet the expectations of the public.
At TMD’s new test track at Seaton Ross, which measures 1.7km in length and occupies a former RAF air base, tests are carried out eight hours a day, five days a week, by three highly experienced driver technicians.
Telematic data loggers record speed, the pressure when the brake is applied, initial and final brake temperatures, and deceleration, allowing R&D to monitor data in real-time while the driver is on the track.
Phil Woodcock, Pagid Key Account Manager for UK & Eire, said: “I believe we are unique as a friction manufacturer in having our own test track here in the UK, as well as our own test fleet, and this illustrates that our commitment to producing the highest quality and most reliable braking products extends far beyond the lab and workshop.
“Having our own track enables us to far-exceed legal speed limits and carry out extensive testing and benchmarking to ensure superior quality and safety for the end user, while keeping out of the general public’s way.”
Only following extensive in-house machine testing will any friction material be tested on the track. Physical property tests, highly specialized noise and high-speed dynamometer testing are carried out, in addition to the AK master test, block wear test, AMS test, and comfort testing, which analyses noise and judder.
After successfully completing all the machine tests, Alpine testing also takes place, where the friction material will reach very high temperatures and its integrity, stopping performance and thermal conductivity are analysed.
TMD Friction has 45 in-house dynamometers, illustrating the group’s extensive research and development capabilities.
Covering 99 percent of the UK’s vehicle parc, Pagid offers the widest range of brake pads and discs on the market, complemented by a full range of professional braking tools. Exclusively available through Euro Car Parts, workshops benefit from unrivaled availability and service, with delivery usually within 30 minutes to ensure fast turnaround.
Every Pagid brake pad and disc comes with a market-leading 25,000-mile or 25-month warranty, for complete peace-of-mind.
For further information about Pagid, please visit: www.pagid.com