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This Strap Drive System has been developed by AP Racing both for Road and Race applications. The standard fitment brake discs on many performance cars can suffer from brake vibrations caused by disc distortion. This generally occurs on fast road and track installations.

On many performance cars the typical standard brake disc will be a heavy duty ventilated single piece casting. Couple this type of rigid disc to a standard hub and wheel bearing and the result is any hub distortion / run out will transfer onto the disc brake faces. This eventually results in brake vibrations, usually picked up through the steering wheel.

The AP Racing Strap Drive System offers a new take on the floating systems already in the market place. Strap Drive uses a series of stainless steel straps to locate the disc to the mounting bell, producing a flexible coupling between the hub and the disc faces. This allows the disc to run true in the caliper under all conditions and also permits the disc to expand and contract without being restricted.

Steve Millen and the R&D crew here at STILLEN are at full throttle wrapping up the build of the STILLEN GT-R, and Road & Track has been continuing their great video coverage of the build and testing.

These three videos bring the total to 16 videos surrounding the STILLEN GT-R and the build for the Targa Newfoundland Rally which is in mid-September and quickly approaching.

The office was buzzing today, as development continues on braking improvements to the R35 Nissan GT-R.  Here’s a teaser shot of the upcoming STILLEN / AP Racing Carbon Ceramic Brake Upgrades currently in R&D here at STILLEN.

STILLEN AP Racing Carbon Ceramic Brakes Nissan GT-R


This setup will be used on the STILLEN GT-R being campaigned at the 2009 Targa Newfoundland Rally this September.

More information is coming soon.. be sure to follow our RSS Feed for up-to-date information as we release it.

Our friends at MOTORZ TV approached us when looking at brake upgrades for their 2008 Mustang GT, and we were excited to get a chance to put some parts in their hands and get their feedback.

MOTORZ is a TV show framed around the DIY auto enthusiast who loves to get his/her hands dirty, and provides a step-by-step install on products, just like it’s done in a typical garage or driveway setup.

As they received the product, Chris Duke (the producer and on-screen personality) immediately ripped open the boxes to check out the STILLEN Sport Rotors and Metal Matrix High Performance Brake Pads and give them a once over.

(Video below the jump)

New from STILLEN: Racing-bred stainless steel brake lines for the Nissan GT-R!

This is the first brake line upgrade on the market that does NOT require removing the factory hard lines. Stainless steel braided lines are stiffer than the typical rubber brake lines, but nothing is stiffer than hard steel tubing. That is why it is important to keep the hard lines in place for the firmest, most responsive brake pedal feel.

STILLEN GT-R Stainless Brake Lines

Aircraft-style fitting details are used throughout for leak-free connections – no banjo fittings! The factory junction block functions are replicated to eliminate any possible rubbing issues with suspension travel or steering wheel input. Doing so allows the front lines to be bolted to both the upright and the strut for the most positive location possible.

We are sorry we haven’t had a chance to get some of the cool things we’ve been working on up, we have a bunch of new content that’s in the can, we’ll be working feverishly to get that up.

In the meantime we had some GT-R’s out to the STILLEN workshop this morning, and while we had some of the new AP Racing Curved Vane Rotors out, thought it might be a good time to grab the camera and shoot some video with our Brake Manager Chris Bernal (with little to no warning.. sorry Chris!)



These rotors are an excellent upgrade for anyone serious about performance on their GT-R, and correct the problems associated with cracking cross-drilled holes and wear issues of the OEM rotors.  Bonus is they are half the cost of the factory replacements, with the improved performance and longevity.

These rotors are now available in a Slotted or J-Hook rotor face configuration, depending on the goal of the owner.  More information on the AP rotors can be found on our previous blog post on these rotors.

STILLEN is excited to announce the availability of select AP Racing brake systems in a limited-edition caliper color – Competition Gray.

STILLEN AP Racing Competition Gray Big Brake Kit

AP Racing Competition Gray Big Brake Kit

Racing fans will notice this color is exactly what full-blown race calipers from AP Racing look like. But unlike the race-only hardware, these are built for every day use with secondary dust seals, anti-rattle clips and extra corrosion protection. Finally – the best of both worlds with no compromises!

As top dog in Formula 1 (634 wins!), NASCAR (2008 championship in Sprint Cup and Camping World Series), World Rally Championship (WRC), LeMans prototypes, Super GT, World Touring Car Championship, Moto GP and more, no other brake equipment company has done more to help drivers win than AP Racing. Don’t be fooled by lesser imitators as this is the genuine article.

That is why you will find AP Racing road car brakes as original equipment on cars made by Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lotus, McLaren, Aston Martin, Holden HSV, Noble, Rossion, Ultima, Caparo, Ascari, Tramontana, Spyker, Pagani, Morgan, Farbio, Seat, Zolfe, Gumpert, Caterham and other limited, high-end exotic supercars. They could have any brakes in the world and chose AP Racing. So can you.

And, as you will notice in the detailed pictures below, the front 6-piston calipers are the first ones to arrive with the latest in improvements

AP Racing Competition Gray Calipers

AP Racing Competition Gray Calipers

  1. Relocation of bridge bolts: Experience gained by Radi-Cal racing caliper development is leading to stiffness improvements across many caliper models. This change improves the dynamic stiffness of the CP7040 caliper considerably.
  2. Now using external TORX-head bridge bolts: These highly engineered bolts allow better and more consistent torque when assembling calipers.
  3. Revised caliper face: AP Racing redesigned the face of the caliper for a more up-to-date look along with some weight reduction. In COMPETITION GRAY, they look awesome!

Interesting note for you Top Gear fans.. AP Racing are the factory brakes for the top 6 of 10 fastest cars on the Top Gear Lap Chart:

  1. Gumpert Apollo (AP Racing)
  2. Ascari A10 (AP Racing)
  3. Koenigsegg CCX (AP Racing)
  4. Pagani Zonda F (AP Racing)
  5. Caterham R500 (AP Racing)
  6. Bugatti Veyron (AP Racing)
  7. Maserati MC12 (Brembo)
  8. Ferrari Enzo (Ferrari / Brembo)
  9. Ariel Atom (Alcon)
  10. Lamborghini LP560 (Brembo)

And if Top Gear hadn’t refused to test the Ultima GTR.. they might have found as much as 4 seconds quicker on the same track, again with the help of a full AP Racing setup.

Competition Gray Limited Edition Calipers Available In The Following Kits:

Front 6-Piston AP Racing Big Brake Kit

Rear 4-Piston AP Racing Big Brake Kit

STILLEN and AP Racing are proud to announce the release of upgraded Curved Vane Front and Rear Brake Rotors for the R35 Nissan GT-R.  These AP Racing R35 GT-R Brake Rotor are a track-proven upgrade to the OE Brembo components.

STILLEN AP Racing Nissan GT-R R35 Upgraded Curved Vane Brake Rotors

The STILLEN / AP Racing Curved Vane Rotors utilize a curved-vane core (48 vanes) which allow for better thermal management, providing improved cooling over the OE pillar vane design.  They also have 12 curved slots which improve pad bite and not prone to cracking under severe use, which the OE rotors are plagued by.

Nissan GT-R Brake Rotor Cutaway

The need for these rotors became evident quickly when GT-R owners in the UK began touring various race tracks, and having issues with standard discs only lasting 2-3 track days at the maximum.  AP Racing was contacted, and within a couple of weeks rotors were available and testing began.

Results were all positive, with no signs of cracking, and consistency of pedal and performance were reported.

Highlights from the STILLEN R35 GT-R Brake Rotor Product Page:

  • Top quality, proprietary iron alloy with multi-stage thermal processing.
  • Curved-vane core (48 vanes) for better thermal management under extreme use. More expensive to make, but improved cooling over the OE pillar vane design.
  • 12 curved slots (not drilled!) to improve pad bite and resist cracking under severe use.
  • Precisely balanced at high RPM for smooth operation at any vehicle speed.
  • Friction faces finished on the latest generation twin-turning equipment, better DTV (Disc Thickness Variation) and less runout than typical double-disc grinding machines.
  • Includes fresh hardware for track-day confidence every day.
  • Added bonus: Even priced less than the standard OE discs!

More product information and pricing available here.

STILLEN Brake Pros is proud to introduce the STILLEN Front Big Brake Kit for the 2007-2008 Nissan Altima (Coupe or Sedan). This kit utilizes STILLEN / PBR 2-Piston Calipers, 13″ 1-Piece Cross Drilled & Slotted Rotors, high performance Mintex Xtreme brake pads, stainless steel brake lines, and all necessary brackets and hardware.

STILLEN Big Brake Kit for the 07-08 Altima


This kit will CLEAR THE STOCK OE 17″ 12-SPOKE WHEELS!

This kit is expected to start shipping the last week of September 2008.

This is a perfect upgrade for anyone looking for additional braking performance for spirited driving. The combination of a 2-Piston Caliper, dramatically improved Brake Pads, and Stainless Steel lines will ensure a firm pedal, zero brake fade, and improved stopping distances.

Upgrading to this kit from your stock 1-piston OEM calipers offers uniform clamping to the pads, increased clamping pressure, more leverage via the new caliper mounting point and the included larger rotors.

Mintex Xtreme Brake Pads are very high performance street pads that can handle temperatures from cold to over 1300°F, and are linear and predictable under all conditions. These pads have excellent grip, but retain important features like lower brake dust, moderate wear rates, and are much more rotor-friendly compared to other high performance compounds.

For those looking to take your Altima to the track, we also have the AP Racing 4-Piston Kit, both front and rear, which will stand up to as much abuse as possible both on the street and at the track.

30-8020 STILLEN Big Brake Kit Specifications

  • STILLEN / PBR 2-Piston Calipers (Black Caliper w/Red “STILLEN” script)
  • 13″ (330mm x 28mm) 1-Piece Cross-Drilled & Slotted Rotors
  • High Performance Mintex Xtreme Brake Pads
  • Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines (DOT Compliant)
  • All necessary brackets, hardware and instructions are included
  • Fits factory 12-spoke 17″ OEM wheels
  • Fits both 2007-2008 Altima Sedan and 2008 Altima Coupes
  • Matching Rear Cross-Drilled and Slotted Sport Rotors (NIS5301XS) are also available

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