History


For over 50 years, AP Racing has had one aim - to create winners on the race track.
The world of motorsport has changed out of all recognition since those early days and AP Racing have spearheaded every major development in brake and clutch technology.

 

From iron brakes to today's carbon/carbon. From large production based clutches to compact Ø97mm multi-disc units that transmit close to 1000 bhp. AP Racing shows the way.

In Grand Prix Racing our success started with the incredible Auto Unions and has continued uninterrupted ever since to the championship winning Mercedes, Williams, McLarens, Renaults, Red Bull's and Ferrari's.

At the end of the 2016 season AP Racing had notched up an incredible 786 GP wins for cars using its Brakes and/or Clutches and are confident of increasing this tally in 2017.

AP Racing has racked up that amazing tally in just under 50 years. The very first car to win a grand prix with AP Racing's brakes was the Ferrari 312B driven by Mario Andretti in the South African GP at Kyalami back in March 1971. It was, remarkably, Andretti's first competitive outing for Ferrari.
The technical comparisons between the brakes used for the landmark occasions make for interesting reading. Where the caliper weighed 3.6kg in 1971, it tipped the scales in Bahrain at 1.6 kg. The disc itself weighed 4kg in 1971 but now weighs just 1.75kg!

AP Racing's outstanding record in F1 - 786 Grand Prix wins starting at the Dutch GP in 1967 have been won with cars that used the British company's brakes, clutches, or both. Over that period, engine power outputs have nearly doubled but our clutches have reduced in size and weight by a remarkable 113mm and 3.3kg. With over 278 brake winners AP Racing shows the way.

 

Over the years this success has been repeated in all other types of Single Seaters including Champ Cars, Indy Racing League, Indy Lights, GP2, GP3, F3 etc.

 

In Touring Cars we continue to equip winners in the ever popular DTM, BTCC, WTCC, and Australian V8 Supercar series along with many other countires national championships.
 

In GT & Sports Cars we continue to equip winners in all the major championships throughout the world from Audi, BMW, Corvette, Lola, Porsche, Bentley, MG Rover, Zytec for etc,
One amazing victory came at Le Mans in 1999 when our braking system fitted to the BMW was the first time a brake had required no change of disc and pads during the 24 hour race.


In Rally
we have equipped winners from Minis via Group 4 Escorts, Lotus Sunbeams, Group B Quattros, Metros, RS200s, to the Mitsubushi's, Peugeot's, Toyota's, Skoda's, Hyundai's, Citroen and BMW's of recent years.

As well as supplying our range of historic calipers for older vehicles taking part in the increasingly popular historic championships, we supply the very latest systems for the current Group N and World Rally Cars of today.
In other rally catagories such as R2 / R3 & R3T we supply Citroen, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot & Renault.

AP Racing have been equiping vehicles in all divisions of American Stock Car Racing from Nascar Sprint Cup to Trucks and Late Model Racing Series all over the America.
AP Racing provide the solution to all braking requirements from Superspeedways to Short tracks. The past 13 seasons has seen AP Racing equipping many championship winning cars. Building on these successes, AP Racing continue to develop new caliper, pedal boxes, rotor and clutch ranges for the extensive stock car market.

 

On Two Wheels and Three we have a long and successful record in Grand Prix racing winning many world championships. We have supplied our state of the art brakes to competitors in the world Superbike championship.



And our Road Car
business goes from strength to strength. We supply leading performance car manufacturers with brake and clutch components and produce a comprehensive range of bolt on replacement performance brake kits.