Give me a break, will you?
We often use a lot’s of brake components rotors and pads genuine or reputable German “aftermarket” except you may not know all the aftermarket rotors and pads has to live up to a strict European standard called the ECE R-90. It states the fact, it must be at least as good as the genuine components (at times could be better! This applies to only European made brake components. A brake pad is a brake pad, right?! In short nope!
After Market German Brake Pads
This was legislated back in 2018, some manufacturers complied with this even before that. The E designation is a compliance approval which says the brake component is build after the genuine components performance requirements at minimum therefore it must be as good but it could be better. This ensures a minimum standard across the board.
Going deeper into the subject, there is a lot of interesting information you can find, for instance Pagid (TMD friction) does exceed the original genuine brake pad specifications, ( see page 6 or the picture provided with chart) according to them. Knowing this gives us some comfort talking to our clientele, in turn you’re not installing an inferior product on their beloved fancy automobile if they choose other than genuine braking components. Suffice to say most often the manufacturer is a genuine OEM component manufacturer under contract.
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Going one step further, I have seen a new legislation the pending Euro 7 vehicle emission regulation wants to reduce the brake particulate matter starting 2025 onward. I’m like jeee, what a heck, don’t we have enough regulation already?!
Rest assured this politicians they never seize to amaze me with all the rules and regulations, if this keeps on going we will be back to horses and donkeys. I suggest to read it as you can be assured this will end up on our plate rather sooner than later. Additionally digging in there I found this interesting, there is a Spanish company called Rimsa, which is the most common supplier to the actual raw material of the said brake pads to most manufacturers.
That was quiet surprising as I thought brake pad friction material is a kind of a witchcraft, thought everyone has their own recipe to “cook ” their own concoction. Looking at some brake pad’s origins, makes sense now, it was manufactured in Spain, but often says only, Made in EU. You want to read on it more it’s here : 300 projects /30 countries/37 years their record.
Brembo Brake Pads
The range of Brembo brake pads offers more than 1,500 articles ECE R 90 approved. ECE R 90 certification is part of the 98/12/EC directive, applied and acknowledged by all European markets. The pads have a different abbreviation (E1, E2, E4…) depending on the country that has issued the certification. The certification is valid in all European countries.
The only reason I got Brembo in here, since offer some insight to this subject. I’m sure all the others do the same if you willing to dig deeper.
The conclusion, there is way more to brakes and brake performance than you think . Give me a break is way more complex and progressing forward, going to be even more complex as time goes on .
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