The Danish Thundersport championship is the highest level of motorsports in Denmark. This may come as a surprise to you, but all the cars in the series are based off American muscle cars, with Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger bodies being used on the purpose-built racers.
Another interesting fact about the Danish Thundersport championship is the cars are known for having notoriously small brakes for being so big and heavy. This results in brake fade and overheating, which makes the brakes glow red hot often, just like you’ll see so evidently in endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Take the video below, for example. Road & Track dug up this 2-year old clip of Danish Thundersport driver Dennis Lind’s brakes glowing like a blacksmith’s forge while putting in a few hot laps at Sweden’s Mantorp circuit. Lind, the cousin of Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen and the cousin of Formula 1 reserve driver Kevin Magnussen, still drives in Thundersport series today, but has since switched to Ford power.
Check out the video above for a unique look at the intense workout a set of brakes get around a race track. Oh, and don’t worry about that scraping noise, that’s just the splitter rubbing off the ground under braking.