April 4, 2012
We pride ourselves on the quality of products we sell here at STILLEN. From intakes to sway bars to superchargers we make sure that products we put our name on use the highest quality materials and can stand the test of time on any application. The same can be said for our brake selection. It’s no secret that we have partnered up with AP RACING on many products in the past. We also happen to be the main U.S. Distributor and Technical Partner for road car’s for AP RACING products. While the reasons for this partnership can go on for days, I’ll spare you the details and compile a short list of AP RACING ‘s accomplishments.
“AP Racing’s success has been underlined by the fact that every Formula One Championship since 1967 has been won using the company’s equipment. Since their first appearance in F1 at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1967, AP Racing has achieved 687 wins with brakes, clutches or both”. (Taken from AP RACING’s Website)
That statistic alone is enough to sell me on the products but I’ll continue. They also have plenty of other success in the world of Motorsport.
Their brakes are featured on many BTCC, Rally and ALMS teams, quite honestly too many to count. As a matter of fact, the top 10 finishers of the last ALMS race all sported AP RACING brakes
“All of the organisation’s products are developed in close co-operation with leading car manufacturers using state-of-the-art, three-dimensional solid modelling/design and Finite Element Analysis CAD facilities, and dynamometers that simulate real world conditions. AP Racing also supplies leading performance car manufacturers with brake and clutch components as well as producing a comprehensive range of bolt on replacement performance brake kits. ” (Taken from AP RACING’s website)
Some note able OE placements are: Aston Martin, Bugatti, Caterham, Ferrari, Ford, HSV, Lotus, Koenigsegg, Morgan, Seat, and TVR to name a few.
Truckin’ Magazine recently tested an AP Racing brake setup on the track with a GMC Sierra, and found that the stopping distance from 80mph was shortened by 144 feet over the stock brake setup., for a total braking distance decrease of around 35%. (Taken from Truckin’ magazine’s website) That’s stopping before going through an entire intersection. Not only does that make the GMC more fun to drive but you can imagine how much safer that heavy truck now is.
TOP CHOICE OF WORLD CLASS TUNER’S
This list of AP RACING applications and accolades can go on for days but I’ll digress and leave you with this.
Imagine you just spent $3000 on a set of Big Brakes from an overseas company that everyone says you “must have” because you have seen many advertisements of their cars in a few magazines. You are so excited about your new brakes that you book yourself a track day after you’ve selected the right set of pads and have bedded them properly just to see what your car can do. Halfway through the track event your brakes end up getting so hot and warped that flames start coming out of your wheel well. The brake fire ends up burning up your fenders, ruining your set of R compound tires and it ends up melting the cool blue paint off your shiny new “JDM” brakes. As soon as you call the company who imported the brakes for you, you quickly find out they can’t help you and you are stuck with $3000 paper weights.
That very same thing happened to me on my last project car before I started working at STILLEN and I wish I never made that mistake.
Before AP RACING approves any application from race to street, they make sure to test every single aspect of the product. Lifecycle, fitment, performance, durability, real world conditions, and extreme conditions are just a few items on the quality control checklist before any big brake kit gets put in a box and shipped out.
I can’t begin to tell you how important it is to me for a company to stand behind their products and that’s exactly what we do here at STILLEN. If you have any problem what-so-ever with your AP RACING brakes, we are just a phone call away. Since we are the MAIN U.S. Distributor and Technical Partner for road cars we will be able to solve any problems or questions you may have with your brakes. So don’t hesitate to call. Plus as an added bonus… ALL AP RACING KITS are on special this month.
If you are interested in a 4 Piston or 6 Piston AP RACING kit for your Car, Truck or SUV. Please click the following to find out more:
We look forward to hearing from you.
March 28, 2012
Often times we get customers who stop by to pick up parts they purchased from our online store and they aren’t aware of our fully functioning service bay. Heck, it even surprised me when I first showed up here. We know that in this day and age it’s very rare to have an actual shop that allows local pick up of purchased parts and it’s even MORE rare to have a kick ass service bay attached to that shop that will install those parts for you. We pride ourselves in providing both to our customers.
That was actually the case for the customer with the Ford Mustang Boss 302. Being an avid ford enthusiast, he has more than one Ford vehicle in his driveway, a (550 hp) Ford GT, a “plain old” (400hp) Mustang GT , and this (440hp) Ford Mustang BOSS 302 are a few of the ponies in his stable. Guess which one he takes to track the most?
Yeah, I wouldn’t take my priceless FORD GT to the track that much either, and the Mustang GT I would probably let the wife use to get groceries and roast boy racers on the weekends. Which leaves only one option… BOSS!
Having a weekend warrior track car usually means that you burn through items such as brake pads and tires pretty quickly, and the only shop he trusts to do all his maintenance work is, yeah you guessed it, STILLEN.
We threw the thoroughbred BOSS 302 up on the lift and swapped out the Brembo brake pads and added new brake fluid in a jif, so our customer can spend more time at the track with rock solid brakes and less couch time.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a service appointment for your car please feel free to give us a call at (888) 366-0686 or go to www.STILLEN.com
March 20, 2012
STILLEN is proud to announce the release of the new brake cooling option for 370Z owners looking to improve track times and lower brake temperatures.
The efficient design of the STILLEN 370z brake cooling kit can lower brake surface temperatures by as much as 25%. Or as much as 140F. (Yeah that’s a lot of heat). The best part about this kit is it can be used with just about any brake set up and it works perfectly with the STILLEN 370Z front bumper or the Stock 370z front bumper, WITHOUT any cutting.
We spared no expense in the quality of components of this kit, from the High Temperature hoses to the CNC machined stainless steel mounting brackets. We made sure that everything fit perfectly and worked perfectly.
After we made sure all the components of the kit fit properly, we decided to take our test vehicle to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA for some serious testing.
We installed the 370z Brake Cooling kit on one side of the vehicle and left the other side untouched. We then installed temperature sensors on both sides of the vehicle to give us our comparison figures.
The results ended up being much better than we expected, and we saw a difference in over 140 F between the two sides. In case you’re wondering what the advantages of running cooler brakes are, here’s a quick list:
• Decrease in braking distance – Reduction in brake fade
• Prevents warping – Reduced chance of pad glazing – Extends life of brakes
• Reduces the chance of brake fluid boiling
• Decreases the chance of catastrophic damage to brake system
• Improved track time and longer track sessions
Below is an illustration on how brake discs vent out heat under operating conditions, as you can see from the illustration, brake temperatures will substantially increase under periods of prolonged use. Our 370z Brake Cooling kit is specifically designed to reduce brake surface temperatures by supplying a constant stream of fresh air to the brake rotor, allowing it to vent out heat more efficiently.
From weekend warriors to the occasional autocross 370z owners, The STILLEN 370z Brake Cooling Kit is sure to become a “must have” item.
March 16, 2012
Increase horsepower and improve gas mileage on your 2012 Infiniti M37 with Stillen’s Gen 2 Dual Intake Kit.
The STILLEN Infiniti M37 intake kit replaces the restrictive factory air boxes with 2 dual cone genuine K&N reusable high flow conical air filters. These filters are designed with an integral velocity stack and attach to our newly designed polished aluminum long tubes. Replacing the factory intake tubes with the STILLEN design adds additional horsepower, and a great look for the engine bay. We have also included two paint able urethane heat shields to keep the intake charge as cool as possible.
By installing just the intake kit we have seen a gain of +5 horsepower and +4lb feet of torque at the wheels on our test vehicles. Plus, you getting the added bonus of adding a little grunt to the intake sound of your M37.
March 15, 2012
A quick snapshot of Colin setting up photos for our new R35 Nissan GTR brake options.
Sometimes the beauty is in the details.
IF the standard AP / DBA rotor options just aren’t enough for you, how about the holy grail of R35 GTR brake rotor options.
Check out more R35 GTR products on our website, and make sure to stay tuned for more DBA, APRACING, and STILLEN braking options coming your way soon.