Image of Gordon Shedden testing EBC Brakes products.

I was asked by EBC Brakesto fit some of their products on my Elise and put them through their paces.

Here are my findings:

As a professional racing driver, maximum performance in all areas of the vehicle is of paramount importance to me. I have chosen a Lotus Exige, one of the purest, best handling sports cars for the only Driving Experience I endorse personally at Knockhill Racing Circuit. The Exige is a fantastic handling car to teach people advanced circuit driving techniques and through the twists and turns and undulations of Knockhill it is really put to the test. In addition to getting round the corners one of the most important aspects of getting round Knockhill quickly is braking!! And for optimum braking performance I was keen to try two different compounds of EBC brakes.. here’s what I found…

I started on brand new EBC Blade Discs all round to ensure a fair test…

Image of Gordon Shedden testing EBC Brakes products.

With new Yellow Stuff pads all round I set about bedding them in… The bedding in process of any brakes is still critically important even for ‘pre bedded’ pads… For the Yellows I needed 1 lap of gentle brake application ‘ on and off’… 1 lap of harder applications…. 1 lap cool down…. then 1 lap hard braking…. and then left to cool for 15 mins…

These were really easy to bed and provided decent bite even from cold. 1 lap in and the pedal feel and retardation felt great… quite surprising given they werent up to full operating temperature.. I proceeded with a 15 lap ‘race run’ to really push the brakes to the limit… Bearing in mind Knockhill is a particularly hard circuit on brakes i didnt actually expect to be able to complete 15 laps with out temperatures going sky high but i did get to the end.. About half distance you could feel the pedal get a bit longer and i thought that might be the beginning of the end but to be fair they stabilised and although retardation was slightly reduced, there was very little brake fade except the last couple of laps in the very high speed braking points… I really pushed hard on these brakes ask some tough questions but the survived.. As the Lotus has the same size rotors front and rear, wear was split fairly evenly.. There was a reasonable amount of brake dust on the wheels but nothing excessive. I’ve got to say for a casual track day user who uses the car on the road on a regular basis these are a great choice.

Image of Gordon Shedden testing EBC Brakes products.

New Orangestuff pads fitted and test repeated….

First impressions are that these pads took a fair bit longer to bed in properly… they felt much more like a full ‘race’ pad as they require to be in the operating temperature to really work… Bedding in took about 4 laps but as long as you follow the same procedure as above it literally is like someone flicks a switch and you know you are ready to go!!

Image of Gordon Shedden testing EBC Brakes products.

The biggest difference is the change in pedal feel… initial bite is more pronounced and for me I could modulate the brake pressure much more effectively on these pads… With the Yellowstuff I was effective in slowing the car down, but with the Orangestuff I could really change the attitude and balance of the Lotus on the brakes,,, for a a serious track day user or racer this is crucially important.. The pedal stayed firm throughout the run and the limiting factor was tyre grip rather than brake performance which is always a good sign. Im very particular about my brakes and my initial application is very hard which can lead to high temperatures and wheel snagging late in the braking zones but the Orangestuff managed this well and the feel allowed me to compensate for this…. To really get the most from these pads I get the feeling the must be used with a good (preferably new) disc.. Its a high end product wich needs a good disc to grip on too!

Image of Gordon Shedden testing EBC Brakes products.

Overall this is a much more high performance pad aimed at those who want the absolute maximum from their brake pads…

Many Thanks!
Gordon Shedden

Image of Gordon Shedden testing EBC Brakes products.

 

EBC Orangestuff Brake Pads
New  For 2012 – EBC Orangestuff

FINAL FORMULATION
The EBC Brakes lab have come up with improvements and modifications after a few decent tweaks over the winter to take the Orange formulation to the next level. These improvements made include:

1)      Longer wear life by 40-60%

2)      Better initial Bite

3)      Better fade resistance at disc temps where rotor was glowing red.

EBC Yellowstuff Brake Pads
Yellowstuff – 4000 “R” Series – Full Race Pad
EBC Yellowstuff brake pads are ultra high friction brake pads for race, trackday and street use. Race drivers in particular love it because they are made from an aramid fibre compound. This is ideal for street ane track driving as they don’t require a warm up but get even stronger under hard driving.

 

BSD (Blade Sports Disc)

BSD (Blade Sports Discs) are made from a unique material known as “discalloy” for front and rear fitments. The blade slot design is specially crafted to remove hot gases in an efficient way to help keep brake pads cooler and flatter. The multiple slots overlap to reduce the brake wind sound.

 

Read more about Blade Sport Discs here!

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