New to the FCP Euro catalog for 2021 is a new formulation of TRW's ceramic and non-asbestos organic brake pads, part of their Ultra line of braking components.
2020 posed everyone with unique challenges, and FCP Euro was no stranger to this. Among many other challenges presented, supply chain was and continues to be tested. To ensure that we have the best selection of the parts you need, ready to ship at a moment's notice, we're constantly evaluating and expanding the options you'll see on our site. That's why we started working directly with TRW in 2020 to bring you this new offering.
TRW Ultra Ceramic brake pads for a BMW F30 328i
TRW, owned by ZF, a long-time partner of FCP Euro, is the largest brake components supplier worldwide. So big, in fact, that there’s a good chance your car sitting in your driveway or garage right now came from the factory with TRW braking components installed. After speaking with TRW, testing, and reviewing a wide range of their products on employees' cars, it became clear that they are the best option to add to our existing brake pad selection.
If you're familiar with FCP Euro and our core company values, you'll know that we won't sell you parts that we wouldn't install on our own vehicles. Because of this, our catalog is carefully curated to deliver only the highest quality parts while saving you money.
TRW Ultra Ceramic brake pads replacing the previously-installed dusty semi-metallic brake pads
Now, we didn’t just add TRW to our catalog—we’ve instead partnered with them, allowing us to provide you with the most thorough buying experience and customer service possible. As a partner, we're not here to simply sell you their parts; we are collaborators. All of the constructive feedback provided by you, the enthusiast and user, gets forwarded directly to TRW to ensure their products are ever-improving. With this partnership, we're proud to announce that the new formulation of TRW Ultra Ceramic brake pads is available exclusively at FCP Euro.
The TRW Ultra Ceramic brake pads have us particularly excited. TRW formulated a ceramic pad specifically for FCP Euro that meets the stringent R90 specification in Europe. Historically, ceramic pads just haven't been so great, often compared to feeling like you've replaced your brake pedal with a wet sponge. However, the benefits of ultra-quiet operation and little to no brake dust has made them an attractive option for people looking for something that simply stops their car without the hassle of semi-metallic brake pads. TRW Ultra Ceramic brake pads change the game, offering OEM levels of braking performance without the noise and dust of semi-metallic pads. Finally, you can be confident in your car's braking performance on a ceramic pad. All of this is what makes TRW Ultra Ceramic brake pads the premier ceramic pad offered by FCP Euro.
Now, if you're wondering if the pads that you already love buying from FCP Euro are going to disappear, rest assured, they're not going anywhere. Akebono, ATE, Hawk, Ferodo, EBC, and Textar will all still be available for you to purchase.
We couldn’t be happier with the performance of the TRW Ultra Ceramic brake pads. Since partnering with TRW, they’ve found their way onto countless employee cars and into numerous DIYs. I’d suggest giving them a try on your next brake job—you might be pleasantly surprised. Let us know what you think or if you have had any experience with TRW brake pads in the past in the comments below.
Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore