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STILLEN is excited to announce the launch of our complete product line up for the 2018 INFINITI Q60 at the 2017 SEMA show.

The INFINITI Q60 redsport is a very exciting car as it brings performance back to the INFINITI marque.  Featuring a potent 400 horsepower twin turbo V6 badged the “VR30.”  This car offers the driver an exhilarating experience and inspires the driver to push the car aggressively.

STILLEN is predominantly known for our experience in tuning NISSAN/INFINITI vehicles for over 30 years.  When the opportunity came to work with Infiniti on this platform we jumped and let our engineers run wild.  To start with, we focused on performance.  Our engineering team immediately began dissecting the air intake system to study and determine how the airflow could be optimized.  While that work was being completed our fabrication team were under the car reviewing the exhaust routing, tube diameter, configuration and muffler construction to see what gains could be made.

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After more than 20 prototype intakes our induction specialists produced a design that generates over 20 wheel horsepower without the need for further tuning or any modifications to the vehicle.   The STILLEN Hi Flow Cold Air Intake w/ Dry Filter for 2017 Infiniti Q60 V36 comes with silicone couplers, CNC machined and tig welded aluminum MAF tubes as well as poly-urethane air boxes.

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The final exhaust design was selected after 15 different prototype systems were rigorously tested on our Dynojet chassis dyno.  It took quite a while to determine what the engine wanted in order to produce the most power across the entire powerband.  The end result is a tuned Y pipe leading to a single mid pipe which branches back into a dual outlet exit.   Turbo V6 engines are notoriously difficult to get the sound “just right.”  In the end, our team was not satisfied with any of the common mufflers we could source “off the shelf.”  The only option was to build our own.  So, we engineered our own mufflers, manufacture them in house, and pack them with a high temperature ceramic wool.  These tuned mufflers truly allow the heartbeat of the car to be experienced.

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With the performance parts underway it was time to address the exterior styling.  The Q60 is a fantastic looking car straight out of the factory.  But, like any car, we felt it could be a bit more aggressive and could do with some aero styling to really accentuate the curves the car comes with.  To do so, the STILLEN design team immediately started shaping a Front Bumper Splitter featuring STILLEN Front Bumper Splitter + Winglet Extensions for 2017 Infiniti Q60 V36.  Migrating to the rear of the car STILLEN craftsmen created side splitters and rear spats.  Both of these parts were custom fabricated exclusively for the STILLEN Q60.

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Finishing off the ground effects package STILLEN designed a rear diffuser with aggressive tunnels.  The STILLEN diffuser is a production piece along with the front splitter and winglets and are all designed and manufactured at STILLEN headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.  With the ground effects completed the team felt something was missing.  So, the STILLEN artists focused their attention on the rear spoiler.  The initial idea was a simple spoiler that would simply add a bit of height to the deck lid.  After a few design studies the team decided to step it up and create a custom hand crafted rear wing that really completes the car and ties in the overall design concept.  To finish the car a red chrome wrap was selected.  The red chrome allows all of the angles and curves of the body of the car to be accentuated and truly pop.

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The Q60 has a natural free flowing design and the red chrome shows off these daring curves and deep creases exceptionally well. With the power and exterior styling completed it was time to focus on supporting all of that extra power and downforce.  To do so, the STILLEN team partnered with RSR suspension who used the STILLEN Q60 to prototype a set of coil overs that are truly incredible.  One difference with STILLEN is that we drive our cars.  This car was driven to the show and will be driven home.  So it was vital that the car could not just look good but could also handle well.  RSR Coilovers for 2015+ Infiniti Q60 hit another home run with these dynamic coil overs.  The ride quality is fantastic when cruising on the freeways and the car absolutely tears through canyons with ease.

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To make sure that the alignment was correct after the coil over installation and subsequent ride height lowering, SPC suspension provided a complete set of adjustable suspension including front upper control arms and SPC Suspension Rear Camber, Toe and Setback links for 2016 Infiniti Q60.  By installing the adjustable SPC suspension the STILLEN technicians were able to precisely dial in the alignment ensuring excellent handling characteristics.

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To finish off the performance parts AP Racing by STILLEN big brake kits were installed on the Q60.  This brake package consists of the patented AP Racing World Radi-cal II calipers along with the patented J hook rotors.  For the front end, red 6 piston calipers were selected and matched with 390mm AP Racing rotors.  Matching the rear to the front required a set of red 4 piston calipers paired with 370mm AP Racing rotors.  The combination of the front and rear kits have proven to greatly reduce stopping distances, improve heat cycling longevity and stability under heavy load.

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No car would be complete with the right wheel and tire package.  Wheels are one of those items that can make or break a car.  For years STILLEN has chosen VOSSEN Wheels for 2015+ Infiniti Q50 / Q60 and NITTO tires for their vehicles.  On this car though they wanted something a little different.  To accomplish this the STILLEN team selected the Vossen X Work line of wheels.  Particularly, the VWS-1.  Work wheels is a leading Japanese manufacturer of high end wheels and the collaboration between Vossen and Work has resulted in a melding of Japanese technology with American style.  These two piece wheels feature a high luster polished lip with a matte  gunmetal center and polished anodized barrel.

NITTO tires have been the preferred tire for STILLEN for many years.  Offering a wide range of tire selections for everything from race cars to passenger cars and even offroad vehicles.  For the STILLEN Q60 project STILLEN selected the INVO series of tires.  INVO tires are designed specifically for the luxury sports car enthusiast.  They offer excellent performance and grip without sacrificing comfort.

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STILLEN is very excited about the end result of this car and we feel it is the perfect balance between high end street luxury with race car inspired design and equipment.  STILLEN Vice President Kyle Millen had this to say “The STILLEN Infiniti Q60 project car has been one of my favorite cars that we have created.  The team at STILLEN did an amazing job and made a car that is truly one of a kind.  From the work of the body craftsmen, the engineers and fabricators working tirelessly on the performance parts I am extremely proud of the effort put into this car and the end result.”
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AP Racing World Radi-CAL II Calipers

Where do they come from?

These brakes may look alien but they come from the master minds in the engineering department at AP Racing.  In 2007 AP Racing revealed the original World Radi-Cal brake calipers to the world at Watkins Glen on Tony Stewart’s NASCAR race car.  He went on to win the race crediting his brakes with giving him the upper hand over his competition.

In fact, they were so dominant that NASCAR actually outlawed the brakes until all of the other teams were able to have equal access to them!  Since then the race spec calipers have become the spec calipers used on DTM touring cars, Aussie V8 super cars as well as filling out most of the Formula One field and sports cars around the world including LMP1.

When AP Racing were thinking of developing a new caliper they decided to take a very unusual approach… They started with a blank sheet of paper.  They did not want to rely on “what they knew” and instead they wanted to test themselves, their finite element analysis software and challenge themselves to reinvent what a brake caliper is.

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During their testing and development they used an FEA analysis software that is common in the engineering world.  However, they quickly realized that FEA analysis software is designed to introduce a static load and the intense environment of a braking system is far from static.  The heat generated, the RPM of the rotor, the modulation of the brake pedal, all of these factors and more equate to a very dynamic environment that can’t be treated like a traditional mechanical part.

AP Racing knew that the only way to move forward was to develop their own proprietary FEA analysis software.  AP Racing began working on developing a software that could replicate the incredibly diverse and ever changing environment that is a braking system.

During their initial testing the AP Racing engineers recognized that the friction between the brake pads and rotors was literally trying to rip the caliper from its mounts.  In a static environment the only way to test the rigidity of a caliper is to introduce a pressure and measure the amount of flex in the caliper.  This flex is basically how much the caliper expands horizontally.

During their dynamic testing they noticed that the caliper was actually twisting diagonally due to the forces created by the RPM and mass of the rotor interacting with the friction created by the application of the brake pads.  The solution was to reinforce and stiffen the caliper in key locations to counteract this force.  In turn, AP Racing realized that they could remove material that was unaffected by these forces.  The end result is an asymetrical design that is incredibly stiff yet also lightweight.  To further improve the rigidity of the caliper AP Racing implemented their patented “stiffening bands” which wrap around the caliper to form a “chassis” of sorts which ties all points together offering an even stiffer design.

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AP Racing knew that the World Radi-CAL brake technology was the way of the future and that they needed to find a way to bring this technology to the road car market.  While race calipers offer a no compromise solution, they also mean higher prices and more regular service intervals.  AP Racing leaned on their expertise in developing a road car brakes for the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron as well as McLaren, Lotus, Holden, and more.  By applying their OEM manufacturing standards and test procedures AP Racing was able to launch the World Radi-CAL I road car calipers with STILLEN at the 2014 SEMA show.

These road car calipers employ all of the features of the race calipers but also add other features that make them suitable for daily driving as well as high performance environments.  Road car calipers are manufactured out of pressure forged aluminum.  This manufacturing process is less expensive than a Monobloc caliper which makes these fantastic brakes accessible to the average road car enthusiast.

Additionally, these calipers are equipped with dust seals which prevent road debris and dust from entering the hydraulic circuit or caliper pressure seal over time.  Road car calipers also feature anti-rattle clips to prevent any issues with pad knock back or residual noises.

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Never ones to settle, AP Racing again went back to the drawing board to develop a range of calipers that would take even more from the racing world.  Enter, World Radi-Cal II.  World Radi-Cal II calipers offer the unique look and style that is associated with the Radi-Cal race brakes.  The goals for Radi-Cal II were simple: Make the caliper stiffer, lighter and look even more aggressive.  We are excited to say that each of those goals was achieved with unbelievable results.  The Radi-Cal II calipers also feature the superior stiffening bridge that not only ties the caliper together horizontally but also vertically by connecting the top and bottom of the caliper.  Even with this incredible rigid structure the design still allows for quick pad swaps that do not require removal of the caliper.

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Further improvements were made to the calipers by removing additional material and pocketing around the calipers and non-structural areas of the caliper.  One of the benefits of removing this material is not only the weight savings but also the improvements with the unobstructed airflow around and through the caliper.  This airflow improves cooling and reduces overall operating temperatures.

Not only is World Radi-CAL II the most technologically advanced caliper ever made.  The aggressive design also makes it the best looking caliper available today.  World Radi-CAL II calipers are sure to draw attention with their unique futuristic styling and their performance numbers to back it up.
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AP Racing World Radi-CAL II Big Brake Kit

  • AP Racing patented asymmetrical, forged aluminum WR2 6 piston brake calipers
  • 6061-T6 aluminum high strength bracket and billet aluminum rotor hats
  • DOT Compliant stainless steel braided brake lines
  • Designed to work with OEM brake master cylinder and ABS system
  • Unique scannable QR code for authenticity
  • 6 piston calipers are 150g lighter and 33% stiffer than Radi-CAL I calipers
  • 4 piston calipers are 100g lighter and 28% stiffer than Radi-CAL I calipers
  • Engineered to fit most 18 inch wheels (370mm rotor applications)
  • Toughest testing standards in the industry
  • Engineered for compatibility with OEM brake master cylinder and ABS systems
  • Finished in OEM quality red or black anti-corrosion finish

In 2014 STILLEN introduced AP Racing World Radi-CAL road car brakes at SEMA show which very quickly became recognized as the best aftermarket big brake kits available.  For the past 3 years our customers have been reporting back that the STILLEN AP Racing brakes are adding improved looks and style to the car as well as reducing lap times when used at high performance driving days!

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AP Racing World Radi-Cal road car calipers take the features of the asymmetrical design, reinforced stiffening bands and pair them with a cost effective, strong and lightweight pressure forged aluminum manufacturing process to deliver superior results for the road car market.

Following on from the success of motorsports Radi-CAL™ brake systems, AP Racing has brought the same design philosophy to the road performance market in the form of the new World Radi-CAL II calipers.  These new pressure forged aluminum 4 and 6 piston calipers incorporate AP Racing’s patented technology allowing the road user to experience the superior performance that World Radi-CAL™ offers.

05_Header_3_Calipers_v2World Radi-Cal II calipers incorporate all the features demanded by the road performance market including boot type dirt seals, advanced anti-corrosion attractive paint finish and noise abatement solutionsCompared to WR1 calipers, WR2 calipers are stiffer (6-piston: 33% stiffer, 4-piston 28% stiffer) and lighter (6-piston: 150g lighter, 4-piston 100g lighter). Utilizing the latest FEA (finite element) analysis software and brake dynamometer testing, it was designed to implement the latest technologies learned through 40+ years of highly successful motorsports participation and an unparalleled 700+ F1 Grand Prix victories.

AP Racing pressure forged aluminum caliper bodies are tested at over 500,000 cycles of pressure and torque to meet AP Racing’s stringent OE and high performance road use validation testing to ensure maximum stiffness and durability required for use on road registered vehicles. The forged aluminum process was chosen as it offers a 25% stronger and lighter caliper than similarly sized units using a casting process. These larger, lightweight AP Racing calipers replace the typical heavy cast iron OE calipers that are designed for low cost and little regard to high performance driving.

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The opposed piston design guarantees maximum stiffness for better pedal feel, modulation and immediate braking action from the drivers input. Four piston and six piston designs allow a larger pad area to be used which decreases heat at the friction point between the pad material and disc surface while maintaining the same brake torque. This single detail increases both rotor and pad service life. Additionally, a larger caliper aids in braking performance by acting as a more efficient lever on the rotor. This in turn applies more torque to the rotor thus increasing the force applied to the rotor.

The asymmetrical design achieves improved stiffness while also reducing weight by removing material where there is little dynamic load and relocating that material to areas that need additional reinforcement due to the dynamic forces that occur during high performance driving.  This revolutionary caliper design guarantees maximum stiffness for better pedal feel, modulation and immediate braking action from the drivers input.  Additionally, AP Racing WR2 calipers offer the largest pad possible.  The larger pad decreases heat by distributing the kinetic energy generated during braking across a larger surface area thus better controlling the thermal dynamics of your braking system.  Additionally, this larger piston/pad surface area applies superior clamping force to the rotor.  Furthermore, the larger diameter rotor allows us to move the caliper further out thus increasing the brake torque applied to the rotor assembly.

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By controlling the operating temperature caused by the friction between the pads and rotor we are able to better manage the performance of the big brake kit. Controlling the temperature in a braking system is one of the biggest goals when engineering a system. A vehicle will create the same amount of heat when stopped from the same speed, the brake component choices will control how that heat is managed. Both pads and rotors have optimum operational temperature ranges. For a street car, we must make sure the brakes work flawlessly at sub-zero temperatures but still offer excellent performance when being pushed in a high performance environment and being pushed to their limits. All calipers are double sealed to protect piston bores and pressure seals from road debris. High temperature seal material is used to ensure safety at high temperature use. These seals are designed to minimize off brake pad drag on the disc which will increase pad and disc life.

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Light weight, improved rigidity and better cooling characteristics than other competitions’ conventional brake caliper designs.  AP Racing World Radi-CAL™ concept represents a major innovation in braking technology.

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The AP Racing discs in the Radi-CAL big brake kits are directionally curve vane vented for maximum air flow through the disc. AP Racing’s unique curve vaned discs are Dyno and race proven as the best designed rotors for optimized cooling. The curve vane rotor acts as an air pump pulling air into the center of the rotor and blowing it through the veins and out of the top of the rotor. This act allows the rotor to be self-cooling and work extremely efficiently.01_Header_Rotor_v1

AP Racing’s Wide Disc Technology (WDT) is used for the most efficient way to transfer heat to from the disc. Designs using wider discs with larger air gaps increase air flow rates within the discs as proven by AP Racing’s FEA, CFD and TSA testing. This goal was achieved while also  decreasing disc weight and  disc stress as well as  decreasing disc temperatures by up to 300 degrees F.

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Larger two piece rotors allow for greater thermal capacity with an eye on weight by using aluminum center bells (hats) that minimize the unsprung weight of the overall disc assembly. This means greater heat management without increasing corner weight. It also increases the effective radius (leverage point) of the brake system which creates more brake torque with same braking effort.

Floating rotor assembly hardware is used to allow the brake disc and bell (hat) to move freely radially and axially to allow the disc to expand and contract under thermal stress without  binding or cupping. This allows the disc to stay centered to the caliper and reduces pad knock back. STILLEN utilizes McLaren tension springs on all floating assemblies to reduce any noises or rattles and to meet our NVH standards.

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Lightweight billet aluminum bells (hats) are made vehicle specific to match the OE bell (hat design) for a perfect match to the OE hub. For the AP Racing Radi-CAL brakes STILLEN has selected an aircraft grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum. This is the same material used by AP Racing in their aluminum hats.   6061-T6 aluminum is considered the standard aluminum used in all aerospace applications and offers excellent strength and durability along with excellent longevity and service life.  Caliper and rotor location is optimized during the hat and bracket engineering phase by moving the caliper and rotor as far inboard to the wheel well as possible.  This ensures that AP Racing by STILLEN big brake kits fit the widest range of wheels possible.

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“Industry standard” is to use a 10 point bolt pattern to connect the rotor and hat assemblies.  AP Racing and STILLEN have chosen to go with a 12 point bolt pattern configuration.  This means that the stresses and loads put on the braking system is distributed more evenly across both the rotor and the hat thus reducing the stress and fatigue placed on the system components.

  • All kits feature 2 piece full floating rotors for lightweight and high durability
  • All rotors are available in either J hook or cross drilled slotted patterns
  • Rotors feature AP Racing wide disc technology to allow for better cooling and longer service life
  • Directional vanes are used in every rotor to allow optimal airflow and cooling efficiency

Performance Brake Pads

The friction material used in the brake system is a key factor for the overall performance of the system. There are many variables to consider including pad material heat range, dust, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) issues and of course performance characteristics. Most OE and aftermarket brake pad materials concentrate on low dust and NVH issues while sacrificing performance levels. AP Racing and STILLEN consider all four points in the selection of the supplied brake pad material.

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The result is a material that produces a high, linear mu level for high initial bite and consistent grab through a wide heat range. These low dust brake pads are equipped with noise abutment shims that control NVH issues. Unlike carbon pads or ceramic pads, our high performance pad material is also environmentally complaint to the upcoming California and Washington legislation (pending in other states) that requires the elimination of copper and other harmful pollutant byproducts in brake dust that eventually make their way into our water systems.

STILLEN has also worked hard to ensure a wide range of pads are available for this caliper.  All kits come with the standard brake pad optimized for low dust, NVH and performance driving however race pads are available upon request.

  • Performance street brake pads included (various pad compounds available)
  • Standard pads feature low dust composition with performance street driving in mind
  • Optional brake pads for enthusiasts looking to take their driving to the next level

Stainless Steel Brake Lines

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This is an often overlooked component in performance braking. Brake lines used in the AP Racing Radi-CAL kits are built using extruded PTFE hose that is wrapped in corrosion and fire resistant stainless steel braided hose and then covered with a clear plastic coat for additional protection. Each brake line design goes through rigorous testing and must pass the whip test, where the line is whipped through thousands of cycles, before being approved for production.

The result is the most efficient delivery of fluid pressure to the brake caliper, bringing a solid feel to the brake pedal sure to inspire confidence at every brake zone. By reducing the factory rubber lines ability to swell or expand means a quicker response, firmer more consistent pedal feel that allows for great brake modulation.

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All AP Racing by STILLEN brake lines are provided by Goodridge.  Goodridge is the leading brake line supplier in the industry and one of the only companies to achieve DOT compliance.

 

Who is AP Racing

For over 50 years AP Racing has been recognized as the leader in motorsport friction technology.  In 2016 alone AP Racing supplied brakes and/or clutches to over 30 champions across multiple disciplines of motorsport.  AP Racing is the primary brake component supplier to NASCAR, WRC and other major forms of motorsport around the world as well as the spec clutch supplier for Formula One while also supplying half the field with racing brake components.  To date AP Racing has won over 700 Formula one Grands Prix.

There is no other friction manufacturer that has the experience, or track record to match AP Racing.

 

Who is STILLEN:

In 1990 STILLEN company founder Steve Millen was testing at Mosport International Motorsport Park only one day after joining his team in a successful campaign at the 24 hours of Le Mans.  The purpose of the test was to develop a new braking system for the world famous IMSA 300ZX twin turbo race car which Steve would later take to victories at Daytona, Le Mans, Sebring and multiple world championships.  During the test Steve discussed his passion for tuning high performance roads cars and that he was looking for a solution to improve the brakes.  He was making the cars more powerful, handle better and as an experienced racer knew that this improvement in speed needed to be matched with an improvement in braking.  Since this initial conversation in 1990 STILLEN has continued developing high performance big brake kits for all makes and models of cars, trucks and SUVs.

Brake Systems 401: Bigger Calipers Clamp Down on Speed

By Richard Fong

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It’s no secret that brakes serve an important role from the standpoint of both performance as well as safety. After all, the typical street vehicle (cars, motorcycles, etc.) generates approximately 80-percent of stopping power from its front brakes. In Brake Systems 101, we covered some of the basics of braking, focusing on pads and rotors. Brake Systems 201 put emphasis on two-piece rotors as well as stainless-steel braided lines and higher performance brake fluids. The third installment, Brake Systems 301, introduced one component of the Big Brake System, larger rotors, which increases the heat capacity and friction surface area relative to stock. Now we’re going to look at the visual and functional star of the big brake kit, the brake caliper.

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Applying Pressure

Brake calipers serve one purpose, to squeeze the pads against the rotor to generate friction, shave speed and eventually bring the vehicle to a stop. Calipers come in a variety of types, configurations and sizes. One of the most common factory caliper types is the sliding caliper, where one or more pistons press against the inboard brake pad, while the brake caliper housing slides inward, pulling on the outer pad to equalize the pressure to both sides of the rotor. Automakers often favor this type of caliper for its low cost and satisfactory stopping performance on the street. Unfortunately, these calipers suffer from excessive deflection under performance conditions and contribute to less than ideal braking performance. By contrast, fixed or opposed calipers, as the name implies, do not slide or move. There are an equal number of pistons that press on the pads isometrically to ensure equal pressure is applied to both sides for even wear.

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Bigger Rotors, Bigger Calipers

Increasing the heat capacity and the friction surface area by way of larger rotors prompts the use of correspondingly larger calipers. Upgrading to larger brake calipers and the use of larger brake pads make best use of the increased area availed by larger rotors for improved stopping performance. Larger calipers also tend to employ multiple pistons to ensure even application of pressure to the backing plate of the larger pads as they generate friction with the rotor surface.

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Pumped Up Pistons

The number and size of the pistons that a caliper employs is typically an indicator of the size of the calipers, pads and rotors. As rotors and pads get larger, so do the size of the calipers necessary to make use of the available friction surface. In order to evenly apply pressure to all of the available friction surface area, it becomes necessary to increase the number of pistons pressing on the pads. Sliding calipers employ a single, dual or even triple piston configuration, while fixed calipers feature an even number of pistons in an opposed configuration (pressing toward each other.)

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In an opposed, multi-piston caliper, the caliper body stays in a fixed location while the hydraulic fluid builds pressure behind the pistons and forces them to squeeze the pads to the rotor surface.

 

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Cast, Forged, One Piece, Two Piece

Calipers are not only defined by their size but also their construction. Calipers are included among the components of unsprung weight and are subjected to a variety of conditions such as extreme temperatures and pressures. Thus, caliper design must take several variables into consideration.

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In the case of a single piston sliding caliper, the piston (red arrow) pushes on the inboard brake pad onto the rotor. The caliper body moves the opposite direction from the piston (green arrows) and pulls the outboard brake pad (blue arrows) onto the rotor surface.

The least sophisticated is the cast sliding caliper. Sliding calipers strike a balance of cost, weight and performance for the average streetcar. However, these calipers suffer from deflection and inadequate pressure under performance conditions, resulting in less than satisfactory results.

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The cast two-piece caliper features an opposed piston configuration that resists deflection while offering improved application of pressure to the brake pads. An even stiffer solution is the forged two-piece caliper. This fixed caliper shares similar design traits to its cast cousin, but benefits from being forged for greater strength and stiffness.

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The stiffest and lightest solution, which also happens to be the most expensive, is the fixed, forged one-piece monoblock caliper. These tend to be machined from a forging of aluminum for strength and light weight. While offering the greatest performance, the cost to manufacture this type of brake caliper becomes cost prohibitive for all but the most well-funded of individuals or teams.

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Racing calipers are massive, stiff and look really cool. But they’re not for street use. Racing calipers must be rebuilt on a regular basis throughout the racing season. As you can see, they do not have dust boots covering the pistons. This could lead to failure if debris or other contaminants damage the seals. Street calipers do not require the same maintenance schedule as racing applications, making them ideal for street driven vehicles.

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Piston Power

As mentioned earlier, calipers feature a greater number of pistons based on the size of the pads and the rotor. When increasing the pad and rotor size, applying equal pressure across the entire pad surface becomes essential for even application of pressure for optimal generation of friction. This can be achieved (up to a point) by way of larger pistons. When the caliper design calls for a lower profile to fit within the barrel of certain wheel sizes, adequate pad coverage can also be accomplished by way of additional pistons. Typical multi-piston configurations can range from four to six pistons with some designs employing up to as many as twelve pistons.

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Bigger isn’t always Better

So, when four is good, six is better and twelve is fantastic, right? Not necessarily so. Optimizing your brake system depends on a myriad of variables, including purpose, vehicle weight and power output, to name a few. There is such a thing as overkill, and overkill on brakes could actually compromise other aspects of performance like handling and feel. Brakes fall under the category of unsprung weight, which has a direct effect on responsiveness and overall feel. This is why a smaller and lighter vehicle like a first generation (NA) Mazda Miata that weighs in at just over 2,000 pounds would not benefit from the massive factory six-piston, forged monoblock brakes engineered for the 3,800 pound Nissan R35 GT-R. Not only would the Miata have to run much larger wheels just to fit this brake system, it would be far too much brake for the fly-weight Miata. The nimble feel of the NA would also be lost due to unsprung weight gained at each corner. Conversely, the much heavier R35 GT-R would brake as if it were in the vacuum of space while trying to stop with the NA Miata’s diminutive braking system. Exaggerated examples aside, a properly sized brake upgrade can lend greatly to vehicle performance. The right combination can improve feel, heat capacity and longevity while mitigating detrimental side effects related to unsprung weight. Ultimately, the right brake system upgrade for your ride will complement the overall build as well as its appearance.

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Sized Up: Brake Master Cylinder

Brake systems function on the mechanics of hydraulics, which is the use of fluid to perform mechanical force. In this case, the movement of the piston(s) in the calipers to apply pressure to the brake pads by displacing the pistons with brake fluid. The brake master cylinder forces fluid through the brake lines to each caliper to apply pressure to the pads. Since the amount of fluid displaced depends on the size and number of pistons, properly sizing the brake system includes evaluating the size of the brake master cylinder. When upgrading to a larger brake system, it is necessary to measure the displacement of the system to ensure that the brake master cylinder displaces enough fluid to deploy the pistons to press the pads against the rotor surface. Small bore brake master cylinders produce high pressure, while larger bore master cylinders deliver more volume.

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Automakers go to painstaking lengths to properly size the brake master cylinder to the brake calipers they equip the vehicles with to ensure a balance of pedal feel and brake system performance. Properly sized, bolt-on brake systems should be designed to work with the factory master cylinder. If upgrading to significantly larger brakes, it is sometimes necessary to increase the size of the brake master cylinder to ensure that the feel and performance is not thrown out of balance.

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Science of Stopping

Properly-engineered brake system improvements ranging from the most basic pad and rotor upgrades to full Big Brake Kits will enhance the feel from behind the wheel while delivering longer sessions on twisty highways or quicker lap times. While horsepower will make your car faster, balancing that horsepower out with improved braking performance will help you navigate the streets and the track safely and, in record time.

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Find out what STILLEN has to offer to improve your brake system! Check out www.stillen.com and click through to the brake section. 

Brake Rotors

Brake Pads

Big Brake Kits

Brake Fluid

Brake Lines

Got questions or ready to upgrade your brake system? Reach out to STILLEN at 866-250-5542, by email at sales@stillen.com, or via Live Chat at stillen.com!

Brake Systems 301: Increasing Torque, Friction & Surface Area

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Practice and experience lend to improving your driving skills. As you go faster and quicker, you will inevitably uncover more limitations of your vehicle’s hardware setup. In Brake Systems 101 and 201, we explored the basic bolt-on upgrades that help to improve initial bite, heat capacity and feel while retaining the stock calipers and rotor dimensions. However, even aftermarket upgrades have their limitations, especially when it comes to heat capacity, which leads to brake fade. This is where upgrading to a big brake kit could prove an effective solution.

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Understanding Big Brake Kits

As had been mentioned before, the factory equipment on most vehicles are selected as a compromise of cost versus performance – meaning that the vehicle manufacturer will offer you a safely adequate braking system necessary for your vehicle within their targeted budget. This opens the door to aftermarket improvements, and a big brake kit usually rides high on the list of upgrades. However, contrary to popular belief, upgrading to a big brake kit is not for the sole purpose of shortening stopping distances. Its greater merit is increasing the heat capacity of the braking system. A big brake kit increases the heat capacity of a braking system by incorporating larger rotors, larger pads and larger calipers. The increased surface area lends to greater heat capacity and an increased friction surface. (NOTE: Before investing in a big brake kit, consider the wheel size you are running, as some kits might require specific wheel sizing and offset to clear the rotor diameter and the larger brake calipers. Contact STILLEN for more information.)

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Physics of Braking

Braking is the conversion of kinetic energy (motion) into heat (and stopping power) by way of friction generated between the brake pads and the brake rotor surface. Put simply, the greater the friction produced, the greater the stopping power. However, with more friction comes more heat. While certain pad compounds thrive in specific operating temperature ranges, the collective brake system also has particular temperature requirements. Individual systems begin to fall short once their optimal temperature range has been exceeded. Increasing the temperature capacity by way of fluid upgrades and rotor cooling strategies are logical first steps. To take upgrades a step further, increasing the heat capacity by way of larger rotors and correspondingly larger calipers and pads add to the available rotor surface area and the size of the pads that can be used to generate friction.

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A Big Brake Kit not only benefits from increased friction surface area and greater heat capacity, it also benefits from a greater moment of torque.

Get More Torque From Your Brake System

Increasing the heat capacity and applying more friction are just two of the benefits that a big brake kit offers. Another important benefit comes in the form of increased torque. The application of torque is a matter of leverage. In the same way that increasing the amount of leverage by way of a breaker bar (torque arm) helps to increase the torque applied (moment of torque) to a bolt or nut, the same principle applies when increasing the rotor diameter and caliper size. Increasing the diameter of the rotor increases the torque arm and subsequently increases the moment of torque for braking. This is one of the significant advantages that a big brake kit has over a factory brake system.

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Rotor Designs

Most vehicles come equipped with vented rotors up front, which help to facilitate cooling of the rotors in order to mitigate the potential for brake fade. A variety of vent types (radial, pillar and directional) have been developed in the pursuit of efficient rotor cooling.

 

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The Disc Brakes Australia proprietary “Kangaroo Paw” pillar design (left) compared to a typical radial vent design (right).

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As mentioned in Brake Systems 101, the various brake pad compounds deliver varying levels of endurance, initial bite and resistance to heat. Pads designed for the street require little warm up and offer great initial bite, but sacrifice braking performance (reduction in friction under conditions of excessive braking and heat build up) when subjected to an endurance or heavy use situation. By contrast, an endurance race pad can take a lot of heat while maintaining optimal friction, but they must be heated to racing temperatures before becoming effective, which is unlikely to be achieved during normal street driving. Somewhere in between, there are pads that offer a balance of performance and endurance that suit a wider variety of driving situations.

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Exotic Materials – STILLEN CCM-X Brake Upgrade

Technology and space-age materials have enhanced our world in many ways. When it comes to stopping, STILLEN and AP Racing have worked together to improve on the heavy yet nimble, Nissan R35 GT-R. Their efforts led to the development of the high thermal capacity (HTC) Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake rotor (CCM-X) that offers superior heat capacity compared to its iron counterpart. Once found only in the world’s most exotic sportscars, this is the first CCM rotor offering for a production tuner vehicle. In addition, STILLEN worked with Pagid to formulate its RSX1 pad material to offer easy bedding and greater performance for both street and track applications. During extreme performance testing at Auto Club Speedway, the HTC CCM-X rotors and RSX1 pads proved to run 142F cooler than previous generations of CCM rotors (1,346F vs. 1,488F), which validated the test results recorded on the brake dyno at AP Racing’s facilities in Coventry, England.

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At the Limit

At this point the question is, how do you know when you’ve reached your brake system’s heat capacity? Since the friction between the pads and the rotor generates heat, this heat transfers into the components of the brake system (rotors, pads, calipers and brake fluid.)  If you’ve upgraded these basic brake system components with aftermarket components (as outlined in Brake Systems 101 and 201) and are still experiencing unresponsive braking and/or a spongy pedal feel after aggressive driving, you’ve likely reached the heat capacity of the brake system. This condition is referred to as brake fade.

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Don’t Get Faded

Brake fade occurs because the heat generated by the friction between the pads and the rotor has built up to the point that the pads are no longer able to create friction with the rotors (unresponsive braking) or pockets of air have formed in the brake lines due to brake fluid boiling (spongy pedal feel.) In both situations, heat is the culprit, which drives home the value of cooling the brake system. While adding brake ducts that direct air to the calipers and rotors certainly helps to facilitate cooling, increasing the amount of surface area available offers greater heat capacity and an increased friction surface area for use with larger brake pads and calipers.

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 More Surface Area

Generally speaking, improving a brake system’s heat capacity typically requires more iron and thus, larger rotors. Larger rotors offer more material to absorb and dissipate heat, as well as a larger friction area for a larger brake pad to be employed. This is also why larger calipers are an integral part of the big brake kit (to be covered in Brake Systems 401). By increasing the amount of friction surface, more heat can be stored before reaching temperatures that cause fade. The increased heat capacity also increases the usable range brake pads have that would not have been practical on a lower heat capacity setup.

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Mechanical Grip Improves Braking

While increasing the size of the brake calipers, pads and rotors inevitably improves the heat capacity and overall brake performance, a brake system is limited by another factor, mechanical grip. Mechanical grip refers to the tires, the only thing between your vehicle and the pavement, ground or terrain. In the case of road vehicles, the brake system’s ability to slow and stop a vehicle depends heavily on the tires. A vehicle with worn or inappropriate tires (i.e. endurance tires being used at a track day, rain tires when its dry, etc.) will not perform optimally compared to one fitted with tires suited to the purpose at hand.

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Continuing on the subject of big brake kits, the next issue of STILLEN University, Brake Systems 401, will go into caliper sizing and selection along with the mechanics of how they work. Do you need a 4-piston or 6-piston caliper? Is bigger always better? Check back with us soon!

Check out some of the available brake rotor and pad upgrades available at www.stillen.com!

STILLEN Sport Brake Rotors

Disc Brakes Australia

AP Racing By STILLEN

STILLEN Brake Pads

Hawk Performance Brake Pads

Ferodo Brake Pads

Mintex Brake Pads

Pagid Brake Pads

Got questions or ready to upgrade your brake system? Reach out to STILLEN at 866-250-5542, by email at sales@stillen.com, or via Live Chat at stillen.com!

 

 

You might be wondering… When it’s time to replace your brake rotors, should you upgrade your brake rotors or just replace them with identical OEM rotors? One tip the STILLEN brake experts offer: consider how you use your car.

Is it a daily driver used for commuting and errands? Are you an enthusiast who lives for the open road and canyon carving? Or maybe you participate in autocross or track days.

Regardless, there are many choices in rotors, and one way to shop for replacement brake rotors, as well as brake pads and brake fluid is with a Good- Better – Best approach.

For more info about this approach, check out this how-to video from STILLEN expert Mark.

 

Brake Rotor Upgrade Level: GOOD

Drivers seeking a good rotor that offers a performance and durability upgrade from OEM rotors should consider upgrading to STILLEN OEM replacement brake rotors.  They are well suited for aggressive driving and the occasional track day.

Features include straight cut vanes, zinc coating, chamfered slots and precision ground friction surfaces.  Multiple machining options are available, from slotted to cross drilled to the popular hook slot hybrid finish.

Available for virtually any passenger vehicle on the road today, STILLEN sport rotors are proudly Made in USA.

Brake Rotor Upgrade Level: BETTER

For hard core enthusiasts and track day fans concerned with high temperature heat management, a better option might be the DBA 4000 series brake rotors. These discs offer more sophisticated metallurgy for longer life.

They also feature DBA Kangaroo Paw vane technology. These vanes are multi-directional, meaning they draw cooling air in from any direction.

This improves heat dissipation and also permits the rotors to be mounted on both driver and passenger side hubs. Another stylish touch is the available gold rotor vanes and hats.

Brake Rotor Upgrade Level:  BEST

The ultimate brake rotor upgrade could be the DBA 5000 series.  Suitable for frequent track use, these rotors offer the Kangaroo paw vane technology and improved metallurgy of the 4000 series, but add a two piece design.

The rotor hat is a separate assembly that is bolted to the brake rotor. This helps isolate the wheel hub bearings from excess heat, reduces brake vibration caused by rotor warping under heavy use, and offers weight savings as well.

One indicator the DBA 5000 series are meant for serious drivers is the brake temperature paint applied to the rotor edges. These indicators help drivers ascertain the temperature range their brake system is operating in.

This in turn helps determine proper brake pad and brake fluid selection for track use.

Brake Pad Replacement and Upgrades

It’s always advisable to replace brake pads when mounting new rotors. STILLEN Metal Matrix brake pads offer a nice blend of bite and power along with reduced dust and noise. This makes them ideal for street and occasional track use.

Other brake pads might be better suited for full-on track use, such as the Hawk HPS 5.0s or Ferodo DS2500 HP.

Brake Fluid Replacement

When you’re considering brake system upgrades, it’s essential to include brake fluid replacement in the thought process.

One popular opinion is that it’s best to upgrade to racing brake fluid.

As STILLEN brake expert and all-around good guy Mark explains, this is a common misconception.

While your OEM brake fluid does have a limited heat capacity, so does your OEM brake system. Upgrading your rotors and pads does give you a higher threshold, but your calipers still have a limit.

If you upgrade your brake fluid past what the calipers can handle, you could exceed your brake systems operating envelope without knowing it. Should it occur, brake fluid boiling is an indicator that your brake system is overheating.

Going with a little bit of an upgrade is fine, but you don’t need to go with a full-on race brake fluid.

While shooting the how to video for brake upgrades, Mark installed the DBA 4000 series rotors and STILLEN Metal Matrix brake pads on his Subaru BRZ and had the following to report:

“After we finished the install on the brakes, we moved onto the bed-in procedure then onto our test drive and you could really feel the difference. Our stopping distances were much shorter, our initial bite was much better and brake fade was much less apparent as the brakes heated up so this is an awesome upgrade for the BRZ or for any vehicle. You can really improve your driving experience.”

Questions About Brake Rotors?

Our brake experts are standing by and will stop at nothing to help you in quest for better braking. Take a brake from whatever you’re doing and call them at 866-250-5542!

Every so often we get a car come through the performance shop that is BIG news here at STILLEN and that happened just a few weeks ago with an Infiniti G37x. It all started a few months ago when one of our performance specialists took a call from a potential customer about a supercharger for a G37x. Over the course of a few months, the performance specialist worked with the customer making suggestions and answering questions until the customer was completely confident in his purchase. By this time, this car had transformed from a very nice G37x into many employees’ dream car.

Infiniti G37x Customized with STILLEN Parts

Infiniti G37x Customized with STILLEN Parts

The Infiniti G37x Wish List

This customer is a professional mountain bike racer, who also manufactures mountain bike and motorcycle performance parts. He wanted to make sure that he could modify a G37x to handle and perform as close to a GT-R as possible. To achieve his dream, he was looking to combine GT-R performance with the luxury and practicality of a sedan. Therefore, speed, handling and braking were of utmost importance to him. This car needed to be able to perform and handle the way everyone dreams a sports car will handle, but also be reliable so that the customer could drive on a variety of services with confidence. That meant that he was looking to upgrade the car’s power, suspension, braking and also had to make sure he had all of the other performance upgrades necessary to ensure the other aspects of the car were ready for the modifications that were being made.

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Infiniti G37x in the STILLEN Performance Shop

Performance Upgrades

Supercharger

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Supercharger

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Supercharger

Parts: STILLEN 407730 Supercharger System, STILLEN 400338 STD Crank Pulley

Since additional horsepower was what had originally drawn the customer to STILLEN, we wanted to make sure we got him set up with the perfect blower for his car.  We recommended the STILLEN Supercharger for Infiniti G37, which comes in a polished or satin finish. This customer elected for the satin finish. While we haven’t dyno tested this customer’s car, this blower has previously been tested during development to output over 500 horsepower.

Cooling Kits

G37x with STILLEN Supercharger and Cooling Kits

G37x with STILLEN Supercharger and Cooling Kits

Parts: STILLEN 400740 Transmission Cooler, STILLEN 400632 Gold Oil Cooler

While power is important, so is longevity. Since this was also one of the customer’s concerns, we recommended he add a STILLEN transmission cooler and STILLEN oil cooler to the car. The transmission cooler will help preserve the car and help with power during hill climbs. The oil cooler will help keep the oil at the right temperature to make the supercharger last.

Coilover Shocks

Infiniti G37x with Aftermarket Coilover Shocks

Infiniti G37x with Aftermarket Coilover Shocks

Part: BC Racing BCRV-08U BR Serues  Coilover Shocks*

Since this customer’s vehicle is all wheel drive (AWD), our shock selection was admittedly slim. That being said, we found a solid option in the BC Racing coilover shocks. With their swift spring upgrade, it allowed the customer to get a higher quality shock with a more consistent spring rate. These coilover shocks also feature less coils per spring rate, which allow for a larger spoke and better travel.

*Note: These coilover shocks are not available online. Please call 866-250-5542 for more information.

Sway Bar

Part: STILLEN 304375 Adjustable Sway Bar Kit

Being an experienced driver that wants to enjoy a thrill when he drives, this customer was looking for a bit more oversteer than the stock sway bar could provide. With that in mind, we recommended that the stock sway bar be replaced with a STILLEN adjustable sway bar for G37X. This sway bar is made from high strength aircraft grade steel and is specially designed to reduce body roll and improve cornering.

Grounding Kit

Part: STILLEN 606358R Grounding Kit

With all of the upgrades being made to the car, we wanted to make sure that the electrical components were as optimized as possible and the customer agreed. To do this the sales representative recommended a grounding kit be added to the vehicle.  By adding this feature, it will allow the electrical system to work better, allowing the customer to enjoy all the performance benefits of the upgrades he had made.

Cat-Back Exhaust

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Cat-Back Exhaust

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Cat-Back Exhaust

Part: STILLEN 504377 Cat-Back Exhaust

The STILLEN cat-back exhaust was added for performance gains and sound improvement. Like our other STILLEN exhausts, it features a mandrel bent 304 stainless steel construction and boasts the trademark STILLEN sound that is mild while cruising, but becomes more aggressive as you accelerate.

Big Brake Kit

Infiniti G37x with Big Brake Kit

Infiniti G37x with Big Brake Kit

Parts: AP AP5700R Front Brake System, AP AP3752R Rear Brake System

When your car packs as much power as this Infiniti G37, it’s important to make sure that it has the necessary stopping power to safely slow the car down. In this case, stock brakes just weren’t going to cut it. That’s why we recommended the cross drilled and slotted AP Racing Brake Kit, which are known for being the top big brake kit manufacturer in the industry.

Wheels

G37x Aftermarket Wheels

G37x Aftermarket Wheels

Parts: TSW 1985NUR455114S76 Nurburgring Wheel, TSW 1995NUR415114S76 Nurburgring Wheel*

To complete the makeover, we suggested the customer go with a set of TSW wheels.  This was because the customer’s existing wheels would not fit the big break kit that was installed and because he wanted a sportier look with better functionality. Additionally, these wheels have a rotary forged design, which maintains strength and durability, while being light weight.

*Note: These wheels are not available online. Please call 866-250-5542 for more information.

The Results

STILLEN upgraded 2013 G37x

STILLEN upgraded 2013 G37x

After the dust settled from all the upgrades were made, the customer was extremely happy with the power and performance he’s now getting from the car. As you can imagine, his car has plenty of power and torque to meet his goal of turning his G37 into a four-door GT-R. He’s also loved the suspension adjustments that were made with the sway bar and coilover shocks – it’s handling wonderfully for him. Plus, he gets to enjoy the stealth factor when street driving. Other drivers have no idea how fast his car can go until he chooses to leave them in the dust!

Check out the slide show below to see the full transformation this car made!

Next Steps

If you have any questions about the Infiniti G37 parts above or want to explore upgrading your car, please contact one of our performance specialists at 866-250-5542. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about our parts, make suggestions of upgrades to make to get the most out of your vehicle, or schedule an installation appointment for you.

STILLEN is pleased to announce the release of our new website, www.apradical.com featuring information on our brand new line of AP Racing Radi-CAL Big Brake Kits by STILLEN.  The micro-site has been designed with the user in mind with user-friendly navigation, bold colors, stunning photography as well a contemporary design. The newly designed Web site went live January 31st, 2014.

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Design, Functionality, Technical Information & More

The site has been broken down into several sections that clearly highlight the different features, functionality, applications and technical information on the kits. It features expanded content and streaming media including an in-depth video filmed in the STILLEN performance garage. Also included is an “About Us” page that provides information on both of the major companies involved in the production of these big brake kits, AP Racing and STILLEN, as well as an applications page in which every viewer can see the list of vehicles this braking system is available for.

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The apradical.com site aims to extend its reach to a broad audience of brake professionals, enthusiasts and wholesalers. Online visitors will now experience a more vibrant and seamless view of the entire Radi-CAL Big Brake Kit system with photography showing the calipers and discs in fine detail.

AP Racing Radi-CAL by STILLEN application page

In addition to the huge catalog of beautiful photography, the micro-site showcases pages of technical information our customers have been asking for since we released these brakes at SEMA last year. The site has been organized to provide quick and direct access to all of these resources for all audiences.

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Learn More About AP Racing Radi-CAL by STILLEN

For more information about the AP Racing Radi-CAL brake kit by STILLEN and to read our full white paper on the Radi-CAL, please visit our website or call us at 800-576-2120 and we will be happy to answer any questions you have! Be sure to check back regularly for information on new applications and to check out new images and reviews from our happy customers!

STILLEN is proud to announce the release of the AP RACING 4 Piston and 6 Piston Big Brake Kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

The 4 Pisont front kit under part number AP3120 uses a 330x28mm two piece disc and you have the option of getting either crossed drilled and slotted or just Slotted. You also have 2 color options when it comes to the 4 piston caliper: Red, or Black will look really nice in the wheel well of any BRZ / FR-S.

 

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If you’re looking for the next level of braking performance we also offer the AP6100 6 Piston kit.

The  AP6100 kit uses the AP RACING 6 piston caliper with larger 355x32mm two piece discs. You also have the option of three different Caliper colors, and two rotor styles.

As you can see, we also offer the Slotted and Drilled, or just Slotted rotor options for the AP 6100 brake kit rotors.

Both of these AP RACING kits bolt up to the factory locations and are designed to work well with the factory ABS systems and brake master cylinder. They also feature dust seals over each caliper piston to ensure reliability and high performance for as long as you own your vehicle.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the BRZ / FR-S AP racing Big Brake kits please give us a call

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There are a handful of cars in this world that will make any enthusiast stop what they are doing and admire the “collection of parts” in front of them. Those cars will always hold a special place in just about any enthusiasts heart. While there aren’t many nameplates that can make just about any enthusiast stop in their tracks, anything with COSWORTH in it’s name will always fall into that category. Today, SPEEDHUNTERS.com featured a very special Ford Focus RS Cosworth that spared no expense with the level of quality and detail that went in to the car.

As you can see, this COSWORTH has been meticulously prepared and every area had either been rebuilt or improved. This holds true even with the brakes.

The factory brakes were ditched and replaced with AP Racing Six Piston Front Brakes with Reyland Floating Alloy Bells.

The quality and beauty of this car is hard to ignore and so are those 6 piston AP RACING brakes and 365mm discs.

You can catch the rest of the article here…

SPEEDHUNTERS.COM THE LADY IN RED

 

And for more information on our line up of AP RACING products.. don’t hesitate to pay us a visit.

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Since we do have a special running our AP RACING products this month, I figured it would be fitting to give you 4 more reasons why AP RACING should be your first choice when it comes to Big Brake upgrades for your car.

Two year’s ago, ROAD AND TRACK magazine featured an article that immediately struck a chord with me and I still read that article to this day. They compared the fasted production cars on the road (at that time) vs. their ALMS beefed up twins. What made this article so interesting to me is that the cars in the ALMS (American Le Mans) field are completely based off their production siblings. The ALMS cars use the same motors, drivetrain, and body parts as their street car siblings that come off the assembly line, just much more beefed up. In fact, some of the racecars actually have LESS horsepower than their street ready siblings, go figure.

Because the ALMS cars are restricted to use the factory drivetrain layouts, and body componenets (plus some aero components) as their street siblings, you can imagine how competitive this series can be. In order to gain an advantage on the guy next to you, you have to make sure your car uses the highest quality components in every area possible. Every part of the car has to perform at the highest level and this includes the brakes. I was shocked to see that 4 out of the 5 ALMS cars tested dumped their factory big brake options and ran AP RACING.
First up we will start with Team BMW…
The AP RACING big brake upgrade is actually a very popular upgrade with BMW enthusiasts who frequently track their vehicles.

Next up, we have Ferrari… yes Ferrari! The F430 GTC Michelloto team opted to ditch their factory Brembo option and go with an AP RACING J-Hook upgrade.

Ferrari weren’t the only guys who opted to ditch Brembo for some AP RACING goodies…. Porsche also followed that tried and true formula.

Lastly, we have the extremely competitive Team Corvette…

IF you noticed the lack of a big AP RACING sticker on the side of these cars don’t be alarmed. That just suggests that these teams ACTUALLY paid for their brake set up and didn’t get persuaded into running something inferior in hopes of a kick back for a sticker placement.  If those aren’t 4 big reasons why you should consider AP RACING as your first choice for big brakes, I’ll leave you with this….  Since Formula 1’s inception in 1967 AP RACING has tallied up over 228 wins with cars running their brakes.  (That’s at least 5 wins a year since the beginning of Formula 1)
If you have any questions regarding applications for your specific vehicle, feel free to give us a call at anytime.
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For more information on this article… please cruise over to ROAD AND TRACK’s website it’s worth the read.