Because of their weight savings and thermal properties, carbon-ceramic brakes ("CCB") have been the standard choice for maximum performance platforms for over a decade now. NASA originally developed these precursor materials, ceramic tiles, to resist the heat from shuttle re-entry. Further developed for the Concorde in 1976 and it's novel use of a carbon-carbon braking system, these materials have been continuously developed since in carbon-ceramic form for automotive applications. Surface Transforms represents the next evolution of this technology.
Surface Transforms ("ST") technology allows for utilization of a continuous fiber material. Unlike old processing methods, which utilize chopped fiber, ST's machining process results in both higher strength and higher thermal conductivity. Additionally, these rotors can be refurbished during their lifespan.
Evidencing its benefits, ST's superior product has become the rotor of choice for class-leading OEM's including:
- Koenigsegg on every platform from the CCR to upcoming Gemera
- Aston Martin on it's hybrid hypercar, the Valkyrie
- Over 10 small volume manufacturers in series production
A question we get regularly: "are directional cooling vanes in the rotor better than straight vanes?"
Answer: It's complicated! A properly engineered system takes many factors into account. The engineers at ST chose to incorporate straight vanes into our design given the various trade-offs directional vanes introduce. Formula 1, Indycar and Original Equipment Manufacturers choose to use each of the various configurations depending on the entire system. Each possess the development budgets necessary to evaluate the relative merits and the budgets to adopt any feature that produced a net performance benefit. The many OEMs that Surface Transforms supports are a demanding, performance-oriented group - if the benefits outweighed the drawbacks, we'd have this incorporated into the design!
Versus Traditional Iron Rotors
• Up to 70% weight savings compared to iron brakes
- typically 40lbs of unsprung weight
• Improved handling and drivability
• Improved NVH (less noise, vibration and harshness)
• Improved performance in both wet and dry conditions
• Reduced brake wear / increased life
• Corrosion Free and reduced brake dust
• Outstanding performance, even from cold
Versus Traditional Carbon-Ceramic Rotors
• Approximately 50% less expensive than OEM CCB rotor replacements
• Able to be refurbished
- Average expected life between refurbishments of 4 to 5 thousand track miles
• Available for both existing CCB and cast iron fitments without replacing the calipers
• Better braking performance
• Significant improvement in brake modulation – better trailbraking
• Option to run a much more aggressive pad for track applications
• Operating temperatures approximately 200 degrees lower than traditional CCBs
Disclaimer - all components are intended for off-road use and sold as-is, without any expressed or implied warranties of any kind.
Items ordered in error attract a 15% restocking fee.
Terms & Conditions can be found at the following link - Terms & Conditions.
Copyright © 2021 HCF Brake Systems LLC - All Rights Reserved.