Established in 2007 TDF are based at Bedford Autodrome in a 6000 sqft building built for the support and development of racing cars and the delivery of high performance engineering to our OEM customers. TDF is one of the few companies in the world capable of supporting a V10 era F1 car in full GP specification. Our senior staff have all worked in F1 at the highest level, in both race team and factory roles before joining TDF and our experience and expertise with cutting edge motorsport technology and methology shows in everything we do as a business. Key abilities and technologies of TDF include but are not limited to:
Car Build and Support:
TDF has built from a bare tub over 20 F1 cars, all to as close to the original GP specification as is possible today. The company has also been responsible for numerous other competition vehicles from historic single seaters to modern GT and touring cars competing in both endurance and sprint motorsport. In addition we have assisted a number of OEM manufacturers with prototype build, production prototype build, testing and development. Our unique mix of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineering skills coupled with our experience of very high level, time critical motorsport has allowed us to consistently meet deadlings and budgets whilst delivering success. Our facility at Bedford Autodrome provides us with a 3500sqft open plan car build and support workshop with eight dedicated bays complete with their own storage and IT.
TDF is well known for developing custom and specific electronic control solutions for both motorsport and road car applications. From DBW throttle control to gear control, data logging to historically sympathetic upgrades and low volume control solutions for OEMs. Recent projects have included a complete, bespoke gear and clutch control system for Moog controlled F1 gearboxes/clutches, stand alone hydraulic "fly by wire" clutch control, stand alone retrofit "fly by wire" throttle control and live telemetry via the 3G/4G network for an endurace race car program. We also maintain one of the only, if not the only, Marelli STEP F1 electronics labs remaining with support for STEP6 and STEP8 F1 electronics.
Wiring Harness Design and Build:
Due to the unique wiring requirements of F1 and very high level competition cars TDF provides low volume wiring harness design and build services to beyond military specifications utilising the same components and methologies as employed on current F1 cars. TDFs experience in wiring harness design allows us to produce the lightest and most durable harness solutions. We can also assist with the design of low volume harness solutions for OEMs and working with our volume production harness partners supply solutions in volumes suitable for single make and low volume road car production.
TDF has a dedicated "Sim Room" for the validation of upgrades, development of setups and familiarisation of circuits and vehicles. The sim is a multi-screen single seater/prototype seating position configuration with kinetic feedback, steering feedback and pedal feedback. The steerings ability to simulate realistic steering loads along with support for upto 135KG of brake pedal pressure allows accurate driver familiarisation in vehicles upto F1 and LMP levels.
Team TDF, the TDF Race Team have a combined experience of over five decades of competition in BTCC, WTCC, LMP, FIA GT, F3 and F1 with over a decades experience in modern F1. The team currently run a variety of Ex F1 machinery in demo and competition along with several historic and endurance race cars competing throughout Europe. The team prides itself on it's ability to bring F1 levels of ability, experience and technical understanding to any form of competition it is involved with.