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News of  February 1, 2000


Federal-Mogul Aims to Capture Grand Prix Glory with New Brake Pad

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Federal-Mogul Corporation is aiming to capture Grand Prix glory with a new Ferodo(R) brake pad: the DS4000, an advanced pad operating on a cast iron disc.

Federal-Mogul's research data shows that the Ferodo DS4000 can attain a higher peak mu value than carbon-carbon brakes in the contemporary Formula One environment. This will offer a performance advantage for Formula One cars outfitted with the new brake pad. "This development will put Ferodo back at the top of the racing world and coupled with our new 'green' friction formulations for on road applications, demonstrates our technological leadership in the friction business," said David Krohn, senior vice president, brake/chassis/ignition/fuel.

Historically, a carbon-carbon brake system, the Ferodo DS11, was supplied to most Grand Prix winners. Research now shows that an advanced pad operating on a cast iron disc can provide a performance advantage over carbon-carbon pads and discs.

The evolution to the DS4000 began in 1998 when Federal-Mogul established a "Special Products Braking" (SPB) team within its Mondovi, Italy, facility. The SPB team led in the development of a high-mu competition pad devised by Federal-Mogul's Research & Development Center in the United Kingdom.

Known as DS3000, the new generation competition pad was designed to operate in conjunction with a conventional cast iron disc, yet could rival the power of a carbon-carbon brake. The DS3000 boasted a relatively high metallic (steel) content and employed a binding resin that had excellent high temperature characteristics.

Initially, the SPB team developed the DS3000 for super touring in Europe, working very closely with the Nissan and Williams Renault teams in the United Kingdom. By the end of 1998, the DS3000 was well established in the major super touring series across Europe, and subsequently two improved variations were launched: DS3000 Plus and DS3000 Endurance. The performance of the DS3000 Plus was such that Federal-Mogul considered it worthwhile to develop an advanced version for the Williams Formula One team.

The DS4000 pad was first tested by the Williams Renault team at Monza in May 1999 and was used in practice at the German, Austrian, Hungarian and Belgian Grand Prix races. At Hockenheim, in Germany, Alex Zanardi used it in qualifying. The test results showed that a car equipped with DS4000 and cast iron brakes could be an advantage over the carbon-carbon braked car. 


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