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New Year, New Brands (Part 2)

4 Feb

Brake Pads. Another part fairly low on the totem poll of lust, but a part we rely on every day, no matter what car we have, and no matter what conditions we’re using that car in. Good brake pads stay in the background. Bad brake pads make themselves known due to their lack of composure.

Enter Carbotech. Other brands offer a seemingly dizzying array of compounds. Carbotech keeps it simple and offers 6. They range from pure street to pure race. Unlike competitor pads, Carbotech gives you exact specs so you know what you’re getting before you get it. No guessing as to whether the “race pads” are just the street pads with the backs painted a different color. No wondering if the pads are going to actually fit into the caliper, or if you’re going to have to spend the day filing and griding (you won’t have to).

“Carbotech Performance Brakes™ began 17 years ago. In the beginning we thought like everybody else and made brake compounds out of carbon & iron. The problem with carbon & iron is that when it heats up it forms carbide. Carbide is used in cutting tools, so imagine what that does to your rotors. Along with the fact that those compounds tear up rotors, they also produce very corrosive brake dust. While our competition stills uses carbon & iron as the main ingredients in their compounds, Carbotech started an entire new philosophy eight years ago.

Carbotech Performance Brakes™, the world leader in Ceramic friction materials™. It was over eight years ago that Carbotech started building brake pads out of Ceramic, Kevlar, and Carbon for street, autocross and racing applications. Carbotech is the only brake pad manufacturer in the world with a complete line of Ceramic compounds for street, autocross, and track use. Carbotech-Ceramic™ compounds are known for their unsurpassed release & modulation, while maintaining very consistent torque control characteristics. Carbotech brake pads are extremely rotor friendly and contain 100% non-corrosive brake dust, that’s something that has been unmatched by any other brake pad in the industry.

Our competitor’s brake pads perform like an “on/off” switch. Brake pads that perform like an “on/off” switch are upsetting the balance of the car by violently throwing all that weight forward (not to mention that you don’t get any modulation with an “on/off” type of brake pad). You don’t realize how much it upsets your car until you have tried Carbotech Performance Brake pads. Carbotech has almost a seven year head start on the competition when it comes to our great philosophy on release & modulation, rotor friendliness, non-corrosive dust, and an unmatched consistent bite.
Carbotech uses advanced friction technology to perfect all of our compounds for the street & track. Research & Development (R&D) is not just a company philosophy; it’s a way of life for Carbotech. In fact, R&D at Carbotech is a 365 days a year job. Continuous improvement is a cornerstone in Carbotech’s solid reputation it has built, because great compounds are not engineered overnight.

You’ll find that no one else in the industry releases new compound formulations like Carbotech consistently does. We don’t believe in finding a good compound and trying to ride it as long as possible. We have a saying around here that is imbedded into every employee’s thought process; it’s called “continuous improvement, with no end in sight”.

We strive in constantly improving our existing compounds as new technologies and materials come to market. In fact, the Bobcat 1521™ compound is arguably our most successful compound, and it continues to gain enormous popularity among the performance industry. But, we didn’t rest on its success. We have just improved the Bobcat 1521™ compound to be even quieter and smoother when applying and releasing the brake pedal while keeping its outstanding performance right on target.

We have just developed another race compound that will exceed the XP12™. This new compound is called XP16™. XP16™ was released in the fall of 2007. Also in the works are a few different endurance compounds that will be suitable for all endurance applications. You will most likely find a Carbotech employee at many Pro, Grassroots, and Track-Day/HPDE events providing customer support and troubleshooting any brake issues (even if it’s not pad related or even if they aren’t Carbotech brake pads).

We don’t just sell you a set of brake pads; we deliver unmatched customer support and technical help. Carbotech Performance Brakes™ are also leading the way with Pro, Grassroots and Track-Day/HPDE groups and drivers. We can help you find the perfect set up for your vehicle by having an entire line up of street and track compounds for your application.

Carbotech Performance Brakes™ allows drives to Go Deep™ into the corners and out brake the competition. Carbotech have won multiple national championships, pro races, and rally races all over the world. Our race compounds start with the letters “XP™” then they are followed by a number. The first number is 8 (XP8™), and as you go up in numbers the initial bite gets much stronger, higher fade resistance, higher torque, better wear rate, and an increase in the temperature range. On that same note, as you go up in our compound numbers you will get more aggressive on the rotors.

Even our XP12™ compound is still very rotor friendly compared to the competition. With all Carbotech compounds you will have to apply a little bit more pedal pressure to get the maximum amount of bite from the brake pads. That’s because you have the ability to modulate your pedal with our ceramic/kevlar compounds. That’s a huge advantage to any driver, especially a driver who has a good feel for their car. The more you can modulate your brakes the more car control you have under braking. The more control a driver has under braking gives the driver an edge in the braking zone and the first part of a corner. Control which in the end helps you attain faster and more consistent lap times. Go Deep™”

The best part, is that Carbotech offers a HUGE range of pads, for cars sold all over the world and even offers direct fit pads for aftermarket calipers including Stoptech, Wilwood, Alcon, AP, Brembo and more. If not offered, they can even be made to order!

Contact us for all your Carbotech needs


New Year, New Brands – Part 1

4 Feb

One of the great things about this business is there is always cool new stuff to check out. Some stuff is sexy, some stuff is just cool for it’s extremism, and some stuff serves as the foundation for a quality build. We always strive to deal in only the top notch parts, because we know that the real value of the product is not in the price, but in it’s performance and reliability. One such brand is Injector Dynamics. Now, fuel injectors don’t ooze sex appeal, but they are one of those often-overlooked backbones of a truly sucessful project. They need to be consistent, balanced, fit perfectly and be easy to tune for. Their utility is what makes them appealing. The girl next door if you will.

So what makes these different? First, their simplicity. These are plug and play. True plug and play. Everything you need for them to fit to your specific application is included. No ala carte menu, no finding out you needed to specify you needed injector clips…it’s all in there. They offer 5 basic models, ranging from 715cc to 2225cc. Each set is dynamically balanced to within 1% for flow, and 20 MICRO seconds for dead time. This ensures consistent, OEM like reliability. All the info needed to successfully tune are included. No guesswork needed.

So when you’re ready to step up to the best, you know where to go and you know who to call!