Reducing stopping distances

Reducing stopping distances

In order to stop a fully-loaded vehicle in 250 ft., the torque output from the brakes needs to be 30 to 40% higher. Due to weight shift during the stop, the rear brakes are limited by ABS; so the front steer brakes have to do more work. This requires increasing the size of front brakes and developing new higher friction materials.

Just increasing the friction is not enough because that leads to noise and poor lining and drum life. These new materials are higher in friction and can handle the in stop energy dissipation but also have excellent lining and drum life and good noise characteristics required by the OEMs.

Before an OEM runs an expensive vehicle test, they require numerous dyno tests, these include stopping simulations at many different conditions along with dyno wear and dyno noise testing. The testing required to develop an OEM RSD material is expensive.

TMD understands the importance of this, and has spent money, time and effort to develop its approved Reduced Stopping Distance formulas TEXTAR T5000 & T1200, the company added.

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