Photo: EBC Bluestuf NDX Brake Pads

EBC Bluestuff NDX Super-Street & Trackday Brake Pads

Bluestuff NDX is a high friction sport and race material that now has R90 approval on some fitments for the EU.
For USA and Asia markets where R90 does not apply, this compound is totally road safe
and the perfect choice for performance vehicles driven hard on the road or trackdays.

Photo: EBC Bluestuff NDX Brake Pads

Bluestuff NDX is an intermediate grade trackday and race pad making it the material of choice for many club level racers and serious trackday enthusiasts. However, due to Bluestuff having excellent cold friction and being very controllable, this compound has quickly become the brake pad of choice for performance road car drivers in USA and Asia markets where R90 homologation does not apply. More recently, EBC are pleased to announce that Bluestuff has passed extensive road focused testing and gained R90 approval on some E.U. fitments, making it unique in being the first truly track focused pad which is also perfectly legal for use on the public roads across Europe. There is no requirement for E.U. customers to inform their insurance company following fitment of R90 approved pads.

For customers with experience of EBC’s widely acclaimed Yellowstuff material, Bluestuff boasts a similar friction profile but with a usefully higher friction coefficient across the now larger working range, feeling much like you’d imagine Yellowstuff to feel after a double hit of espresso. Bluestuff has a high friction coefficient without feeling grabby, taking things up a notch from EBC’s Yellowstuff material by bringing superb pedal modulation to a track pad with even greater fade resistance.

However, being a track focused material, customers may experience a noticeable increase in both brake dust and brake noise. As is often the case with friction materials, an increase in ultimate performance is often met by an increase in noise and dust.

For customers seeking the ultimate road/track pad with even greater levels of performance, check out EBC’s range of EBC Orangestuff grade full race pads which deliver faster bed in and higher temperature fade resistance.

As with all brake pads, selection involves a trade off with life and disc/rotor wear and EBC have chosen with both the Bluestuff and Orangestuff grade race pads to offer a pad that is the replaceable item rather than the disc or rotor. EBC’s track and race materials are exceptionally kind on brake discs, making them especially desirable for modern performance cars that feature complex and hugely expensive 2-piece brake disc systems from the factory. Customers report that EBC track and race pads are far kinder to brake discs than comparable granite like semi-metallic pads, which may last longer but take the rotors with them.

EBC Brakes Bluestuff NDX race brake pads can be ordered from any stockist or purchased ONLINE in the UK at:
Bluestuff NDX Endurance Pad Compounds
Bluestuff NDX Compound Spider Chart

The NDX pad material is bonded to the steel backing plates using multiple high strength interlock holes and a unique chemical interlayer which raises shear and bond strength by a factor of five and prevents pad to plate separation. The pads are then baked and ground and feature high volume Vee grooves to catch the inevitable large amount of debris from track use.

Target use is all types of fast and heavier cars in performance and race driving with much enhanced lifetime over our previous Yellowstuff grade pads.

The EBC chemical interlayer system is used on Bluestuff NDX range pads which being a harder material and for heavy duty race applications require that extra security of bond strength. The effect of the interlayer is to triple shear strength of a common organic brake pad over non interlayer versions.

R and D Manager Steve Payne checks out the first batch of the Bluestuff NDX material made with a revolutionary process to produce the highly acclaimed EBC Bluestuff NDX Race Pads. The process involves 5 steps never before used in friction materials and sets EBC Brakes firmly in the lead as a provider of brake friction.

R90 Approved Bluestuff Brake PadsR90 StatusMake / Model
DP5690NDXAPPROVEDBMW 3 Series
DP5690/2NDXAPPROVEDJaguar XJ
DP5826NDXAPPROVEDSubaru Impreza
DP5914NDXAPPROVEDBMW 3 Series
DP51031NDXAPPROVEDFord Focus RS Mk1
DP51031/2NDXAPPROVEDPeugeot 406 Coupe
DP51079NDXAPPROVEDBMW 3 Series
DP51091NDXAPPROVEDBMW 5 Series
DP51140NDXAPPROVEDJaguar XJR
DP51140/2NDXAPPROVEDSeat Leon Cupra R
DP51200NDXAPPROVEDSubaru Impreza WRX
DP51207NDXAPPROVEDPorsche Boxster
DP51210NDXAPPROVEDSubaru Impreza WRX STi
DP51211NDXAPPROVEDBMW 3 Series
DP51254NDXAPPROVEDHonda Civic Type-R/S2000
DP51289NDXAPPROVEDBMW 3 Series
DP51354NDXAPPROVEDFord/Mazda/Vauxhall Rears
DP51405NDXAPPROVEDSaab 9-5
DP51419NDXAPPROVEDCitroen/Lancia/Peugeot
DP51474NDXAPPROVEDPorsche 911
DP51495NDXAPPROVEDAudi A4/A6
DP51510NDXAPPROVEDAudi A6
DP51513NDXAPPROVEDAudi R8
DP51513/3NDXAPPROVEDAudi RS3
DP51514NDXAPPROVEDPorsche 911
DP51536NDXAPPROVEDAlfa Romeo 159/Brera/Giulietta
DP51537NDXAPPROVEDSubaru Impreza WRX STi
DP51538NDXAPPROVEDMitsubishi Evo
DP51540NDXAPPROVEDAlfa Romeo GT/GTV
DP51574NDXAPPROVEDFord Focus Mk2 ST
DP51587NDXAPPROVEDBMW 3 Series
DP51594NDXAPPROVEDAudi S3/VW Golf GTi Mk6
DP51665NDXAPPROVEDMazda RX8
DP51679NDXAPPROVEDVolvo S60
DP51691NDXAPPROVEDMazda RX8
DP51749NDXAPPROVEDFord/Jaguar Rears
DP51902NDXAPPROVEDHonda Civic Type-R
DP51908NDXAPPROVEDAston Martin
DP51909NDXAPPROVEDAston Martin/Ferrari
DP51920NDXAPPROVEDPorsche Boxster
DP51922NDXAPPROVEDRange Rover
DP51930NDXAPPROVEDPorsche 911
DP51931NDXAPPROVEDBMW Mini
DP51933NDXAPPROVEDFord Focus Mk2 RS
DP51939NDXAPPROVEDMercedes AMG
DP51946NDXAPPROVEDAudi S3/TT
DP51983NDXAPPROVEDNissan GT-R
DP51985NDXAPPROVEDMitsubishi Evo
DP51986NDXAPPROVEDAudi A4/A5
DP51991NDXAPPROVEDMercedes C/CLS/E
DP52022NDXAPPROVEDAudi A6
DP52029NDXAPPROVEDPorsche 911
DP52055NDXAPPROVEDFord Focus Mk2 RS
DP52070NDXAPPROVEDAudi RS3/TT
DP52081NDXAPPROVEDAudi RS6
DP52091NDXAPPROVEDBMW X5/X6
DP52093NDXAPPROVEDVauxhall Astra/Insignia
DP52121NDXAPPROVEDPeugeot 508
DP52127NDXAPPROVEDAudi S3/VW Golf R Mk7
DP52130NDXAPPROVEDBMW M3
DP52133NDXAPPROVEDBMW M3
DP52145NDXAPPROVEDFord Focus Mk3 ST
DP52147NDXAPPROVEDHyundai Genesis Coupe
DP52153NDXAPPROVEDVW Golf Mk7
DP52168NDXAPPROVEDAudi A6/A7/Q5
DP52173NDXAPPROVEDVW Golf Mk7
DP52215NDXAPPROVEDMercedes C
DP52216NDXAPPROVEDPorsche 911
DP52246NDXAPPROVEDJaguar/Land Rover/Volvo Rears
DP52274NDXAPPROVEDFord Focus Mk3 RS
DP52295NDXAPPROVEDAudi RS3
DP52303NDXAPPROVEDBMW i8
DP52315NDXAPPROVEDAlfa Romeo Giulia
DP53028NDXAPPROVEDVauxhall Insignia
ALL OTHER PART NUMBERSNOT REQUIREDR90 ONLY applies to vehicles registered after 1999. If you have an earlier vehicle, you DO NOT NEED R90 APPROVED PADS
NEED A SPECIAL PADNOT REQUIREDIf you need a pre-1999 pad or any special pad making, we can supply lab cell sets for fair prices. Please ask at www.ebcbrakesdirect.com
AFTERMARKET CALIPERSNOT REQUIREDWe have most of these pads in stock or in production. Ask at www.ebcbrakesdirect.com

HOW TO BED IN YOUR NEW BRAKES FOR STREET/URBAN DRIVING

The curve shows that friction builds quickly during bedding in even after 2-3 stops but in a real world TRACK USE where rotors may not be perfect and calipers not serviced weekly (like our lab dyno ones) the bedding in process with Blue may exhibit 20-25mm contact bands in the centre of the discs after 4-5 laps and on some standard street calipers some vibration.

This is simply the pad telling you “ I cannot hold onto the disc at these torques until I am fully bedded in”. If vibration happens you should continue driving whilst BRAKING EARLIER TO BE SAFE until the contact band widens to almost entire disc/rotor sweep at which point the vibration will stop. In street use the torques will not normally be enough to generate vibration during bed in but drive safely for 200 miles gentle brake use to bed in your new brakes and test them to performance in a safe and quiet road environment until you have total confidence that they are bedded. Hitting the brakes too hard, too soon can not only shorten pad life it may cause loss of brakes and an accident. Bed brakes in progressively.

EBC Bluestuff are heat scorched which helps bedding times but you still need to take care especially on the highway and when using on part worn rotors. Use the brakes gently for 200 miles, gradually increasing demand on the brakes in a SAFE ROAD ENVIRONMENT until you feel totally confident and can evaluate their stopping distances in all traffic conditions. Remember, it’s down to you and your bedding-in process. If you do feel brake fade a couple of times and even smell the brakes, this is totally normal and once achieved and the brakes are allowed to cool, they will have improved a lot.

There are several ways of surface scorching pads and EBC has chosen an infra red lamp tunnel for surface preparation of its pad ranges.  The furnace is now scorching all pads for resale including the Bluestuff NDX range.

Pre-bedding burns off a lot of the volatile organics in the brake pad surface by passing the pads under an apparatus similar to a toaster after manufacture for a few seconds; this chars the surface and the paint around the pad surface but the result is a major reduction in bed in time which all drivers will appreciate.

 

Rotor condition

Is important, an off-flat or ribbed and grooved rotor will treble bed in times for street or track use, this is a harder and more durable pad and rotors should be in almost dead flat condition. If you need to have your rotors skimmed we recommend ONLY the very praiseworthy ON CAR brake lathes from Pro Cut.

Lifetime

ALWAYS inspect pads every 30 laps and discard when friction material is down to one eighth of an inch or 3mm to avoid fade. In street use the lifetime is considerable – 20,000 miles and upwards can be expected, even when driving hard.

Ducting and caliper drag

When using a street car brake system for racing, the mere insertion of a race formula pad does not transform your car into a track beast. Some cooling ducts often need to be added to give the brake system and pads a chance to survive race use.

Using Bluestuff NDX as a Street only pad

In Europe, the ECE R90 brake safety regulations require brake pads to have R90 certification when used on the road and with Bluestuff, this is not available for all cars. To find out if Bluestuff is R90 approved for your car, contact technical@ebcbrakesuk.com.

3 Responses to Bluestuff NDX Trackday Brake Pads
  1. As some of you know Tyron recieved a set of blue stuff pads off EBC to test the compound. So to give the pads a good and fair test we headed for the A4069.

    From cold the pads offered great initial bite with great feel and the results just got better as the temperature increased. Finally got some brake fade on them but this was a result of heavy braking into and very fast complex of bends on the top of the A4069. It wasn’t the usuall brake fade either it was more of a progressive and prodictable fade as the disk and pads went above there operating window. After a slow and steady decline to the hairpin the Ap calipers, disks and EBC pads returned to there normal operating temperatures and it was service as normal.

    On the return pass over the A4069 the brake were far more predictable with regards to fade and this would only occur after the fast sweeping section before heading into the last twisty technical section.

    Would I use these pads on my Ra?

    Yes I would, for all round use they are a great choise.
    Becoming a great pad for track time or maybe a spirited drive over your local A road or mountain pass.

  2. Bluestuff NDX Testimonial by Richard Nelson

    “Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the Bluestuff NDX work great in AutoX. Sunday I drove in the first Autocross of the year for NASA Mid Atlantic. With Temperatures in the low 50s and overcast, I thought I’d be testing in the rain but the weather held out.

    The immediate impressions I got using the blue in autocrossing was that they definitely bite even when cold. I broke harder than usual to try and give them a workout, thinking that I might need to get the rotor temps up in order to take full advantage of the pads. The two hour heat had only about 25 cars so I was getting a run about every 8-10 minutes for the entire two hours. I took temperature readings on the rotors after every run and the hottest I got the rotors was just under 200 degrees Farenheit. Since this was an autocross, I did not have any brake ducts for extra cooling. As I expected, my front temperatures were slightly higher than the rear. But even at under 200 degrees the Blues performed better than I thought. Not too bad for a car and driver weight of right at 4000 pounds on OEM style plain faced rotors.

    Over all, I was able to carry more speed before braking, brake harder and later. I also started getting a better sense of exactly where the antilock threshold was to the point it became more predictable. Much more so than the yellows. I know they are not really meant for it, but since I am lazy I have left the blues on for every day street driving as well and they are surprisingly street friendly and rotor friendly.

    I am looking at several road course events over the next two months. Hopefully I can get up with George and we can both get out to VIR at the same time.”

  3. Hello, I got corvette Z06 2008 with Bluestuff brake pads and I like them very much! Great friction with aggressive drive on street. Thank you for your great product!


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