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Winning Tech for Dodge Viper Cup

Winning Tech for Dodge Viper Cup

Another Dodge Viper Cup win for us! Thanks for the heat shields! The brakes were working overtime with 100 lbs of rewards weight on the car (and also...
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Essential for Production Race Cars

Essential for Production Race Cars

I remember the days in the 80s and 90s, when one of the key skills in driving a production race car was keeping from bending your brake pad backers. ...
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Track Wisdom

"Very high [brake] temperatures can also cause the brake fluid to boil with a resultant increase in pedal travel. This should be detected immediately by the driver, as a very small quantity of boiling fluid is enough for the pedal to go right to the floor without any effect; in contrast to the liquid brake fluid, the boiling part is compressible. It is particularly important that when the car has been stopped for a short time -- up to 15 or 20 minutes after a drive in which the brakes have become very hot -- the pedal is depressed for a check. When the car is at rest, brakes act as a heat sink from which heat spreads to the fluid contained in the calipers; brakes which were fully operative when the car was driven may have become totally inefficient after it has stood awhile."

-- Paul Frere, Sports Car and Competition Driving

How do brake heat shields increase pad life?

Where our heat shields provide increased pad life is in reducing the amount of heat that gets transferred to the caliper components as the pad wears down. In addition to acting as a friction material, brake pads also provide insulating properties; not nearly as good as our titanium on a mm per mm basis, but even just putting a physical distance between the pad/rotor interface will cause the heat to transfer more slowly into the caliper. When your brake pads wear down, you get more heat transfer into your caliper. Many racers throw away half-used pads because of this (or store them in boxes on the shelf), something that the brake pad manufacturers don't mind at all. Our product lets you run the pads down to a lower thickness before the heat transfer becomes excessive.