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Endurance Racing "Must Have"

Endurance Racing "Must Have"

We had not raced in the Continental Tire Series for a few years, so stepping back into this world, we knew that there would be some new things to...

World Challenge GTS Success

World Challenge GTS Success

we had a LOT of success this weekend in the Hard Brakes Ti backing plates helping control the extreme temps of our factory Nismo calipers... We were...


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Track Wisdom

"The mark of a great racer is consistency. If you can consistently lap a track at the limit, with the lap times varying no more than 1/2 second, then you have a chance to be a winner. If your lap times vary more than that, no matter how fast some of them are, you won't win often."

-- Ross Bentley, Speed Secrets

Why kind of titanium do you use?

Hard Brakes uses only the best available Titanium alloy for our brake heat shields. We use exclusively the 6AL-4V alloy (sometimes called "Grade 5"), which is actually a combination of Titanium blended with Aluminum and Vanadium. This specific alloy is chosen for its excellent thermal protection, light weight, structural integrity and resistance to corrosion. This 6AL/4V Titanium alloy provides far better thermal protection than other metal shim materials, and give roughly twice as much thermal protection as Stainless Steel. Thermal protection of our 6AL4V Titanium is 6 times better than other steels (like the stock backing plate on brake pads), and 30 times better than the Aluminum used in most brake caliper and piston constructions. Our Grade 5 Titanium is long lasting for use and reuse as you replace your brake pads, your heat shields should last you for as long as you own your car.

Beware of imitators offering lower grade titanium alloys, such as the inexpensive CP (Commercially Pure) titanium or Grade 2 titanium. These other types of titanium alloy, while cheaper to manufacture, do not provide the same levels of thermal protection and resistance to corrosion.