Virtually tear through the curves of the iconic Nürburgring in the passenger seat next to Carlos Rivas

Brake specialist TMD Friction shows off first ever 360° drone footage of Nürburgring in new video


Nürburg, Germany, December 14, 2021 — In a groundbreaking new video by TMD Friction, the leading provider of braking technology, you almost literally physically experience how important it is to be able to brake flawlessly in the curves of the Nürburgring. The video, which features the first ever 360° drone footage of the track, was produced in cooperation with the successful German racing team BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR. The driver on duty is Carlos Rivas, the most successful Pro-Am driver in the more than 30-year history of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR secured two championship titles in the Porsche Carrera Cup at the end of October at the Hockenheimring. Porche icon Carlos Rivas won one of the titles, which made him the most successful Pro-Am driver in the history of the cup. The following day, the man got behind the wheel again, this time at the legendary Nürburgring, with 360° cameras on and in the car.

Complete control
For an optimal experience, the unique video is best viewed with a VR headset or mobile device. The tearing drive through the Nordschleife is 24 kilometres long and, for 9 minutes, Carlos Rivas explains how to carefully manoeuvre the various corners of the Green Hell in order to set the fastest time: "To push your car to the limit on the most exciting and challenging race track in the world, you need to be able to rely on your brakes 100%. Every corner affects the next, so full control is essential. The slightest mistake and your race could be over."

"For many people, racing is about driving as fast as possible. Speed is obviously important, but braking is even more so. Drivers need to be able to get their speed down as quickly and accurately as possible and then release the brake just as quickly and accurately. This impressive video demonstrates not only the thrill of racing, but also what it takes from a car and its driver. It is clear how important equipment such as braking technology is in order to set a good time and to ensure the safety of the driver." - Stephan Giesecke, Global Category Manager & Head of Regional Marketing at TMD Friction, which has a sponsorship deal with BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR for its TEXTAR products.

About TMD Friction
TMD Friction, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of brake linings for the automotive and brake industries. In addition to disc and drum brake linings for cars and commercial vehicles, the company’s product portfolio also includes brake linings for motor racing and friction materials for the industry. TMD Friction supplies the worldwide spare parts market with the brands Textar, Mintex, Don, Pagid, Cobreq, Nisshinbo and Bendix. TMD Friction also develops and produces friction linings for the industry under the brand name Cosid. The TMD Friction Group has four locations in Germany and others in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, China and Japan and employs 4,500 people worldwide.
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