If you’re a fan of motorsport, then the Bathurst 12 Hour is an event that needs no introduction. Bringing the world’s best in endurance racing to Australian soil, the 2015 event received publicity the world over, for its thrills and spills, caliber of teams and drivers, and generally the worldwide fascination with our favourite mountain, Mount Panorama. The starting grid sports a list of makes and drivers you don’t see in Australia very often, from Nissan Nismo, to Bentley, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz AMG, BMW, Porsche and so on.
Endurance racing is an arduous test of drivers and machines, with teams implementing wear and management strategies across all fronts, from managing the driver’s time in the car, to obvious consumables like fuel, tyres and brakes. It goes without saying, the least amount of stops you can make over the 12 hour race, the better. That’s about the extent of what you can f
inger crossed predict before the lights go green… There’s plenty of other variables just waiting to throw a spanner in the works. Crashes and scuffs, getting caught in the crossfire, even Australia’s fauna (as the BMW M3 GT discovered after meeting ill fate with a kangaroo early on) all add to the high attrition rate the mountain attracts. Over the 12 hours of racing at this year’s event, the safety car was out 20 times. Basically, if you made it to the finish, it was a result of brilliant driving and team management of course, but also luck.
It should come as no surprsie then, that minimizing risks is at the forefront of every team strategy heading into this event. Products that make it on to the car are only those that can withstand the pressures of the mountain, and that the team, and drivers, have absolute faith in. Take brake pads for instance – a crucial consumable that must be closely managed through an endurance event. They’re responsible for the most important aspect in racing next to outright speed – pulling up the car.
While brake pads are always under significant stress during a race, the Bathurst12-Hour takes stress to another level. Mount Panorama is quoted as being “harder than the Nordschleife,” by Marco Mapelli, the Italian development driver who co-piloted the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS to second on the podium. It’s incredibly hard on equipment, with unforgiving corners, high speed straights, and elevation changes. When it comes down to the final hour, and you’ve been pushing the car in the red for 11 already, you are counting on those brakes to be with you more than ever. The humble brake pad is the difference between pulling up from 300km/hr in to the kink, or overshooting and ending the dream then and there.
So why the emphasis on brake pads? Well, there’s a common thread among the top 10 cars that most don’t know about, and that’s Endless Performance Brake Pads. Starting from the top, the 2015 winning car, the Nissan Nismo GT-R crossed the finish line on Endless brake pads, followed by 5 other cars that made it home inside the top ten, including Australia’s well known Mercedes SLS AMG team, Erebus. Six different cars with significantly different characteristics, all choosing the same brake pad is saying something…
Results like these are the exact reason why we offer Endless brake pads to our customers, and have done so ever since V-Sport opened shop. To enquire about using Endless brake pads for your daily drive, or race car, please contact our knowledgeable team here who will assist in finding the right pad for your discipline. We also have a selected range from Endless brake pads available in our online store here.