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.
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.
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 Pads R90 Status Make / Model
DP5690NDX APPROVED BMW 3 Series
DP5690/2NDX APPROVED Jaguar XJ
DP5826NDX APPROVED Subaru Impreza
DP5914NDX APPROVED BMW 3 Series
DP51031NDX APPROVED Ford Focus RS Mk1
DP51031/2NDX APPROVED Peugeot 406 Coupe
DP51079NDX APPROVED BMW 3 Series
DP51091NDX APPROVED BMW 5 Series
DP51140NDX APPROVED Jaguar XJR
DP51140/2NDX APPROVED Seat Leon Cupra R
DP51200NDX APPROVED Subaru Impreza WRX
DP51207NDX APPROVED Porsche Boxster
DP51210NDX APPROVED Subaru Impreza WRX STi
DP51211NDX APPROVED BMW 3 Series
DP51254NDX APPROVED Honda Civic Type-R/S2000
DP51289NDX APPROVED BMW 3 Series
DP51354NDX APPROVED Ford/Mazda/Vauxhall Rears
DP51405NDX APPROVED Saab 9-5
DP51419NDX APPROVED Citroen/Lancia/Peugeot
DP51474NDX APPROVED Porsche 911
DP51495NDX APPROVED Audi A4/A6
DP51510NDX APPROVED Audi A6
DP51513NDX APPROVED Audi R8
DP51513/3NDX APPROVED Audi RS3
DP51514NDX APPROVED Porsche 911
DP51536NDX APPROVED Alfa Romeo 159/Brera/Giulietta
DP51537NDX APPROVED Subaru Impreza WRX STi
DP51538NDX APPROVED Mitsubishi Evo
DP51540NDX APPROVED Alfa Romeo GT/GTV
DP51574NDX APPROVED Ford Focus Mk2 ST
DP51587NDX APPROVED BMW 3 Series
DP51594NDX APPROVED Audi S3/VW Golf GTi Mk6
DP51665NDX APPROVED Mazda RX8
DP51679NDX APPROVED Volvo S60
DP51691NDX APPROVED Mazda RX8
DP51749NDX APPROVED Ford/Jaguar Rears
DP51902NDX APPROVED Honda Civic Type-R
DP51908NDX APPROVED Aston Martin
DP51909NDX APPROVED Aston Martin/Ferrari
DP51920NDX APPROVED Porsche Boxster
DP51922NDX APPROVED Range Rover
DP51930NDX APPROVED Porsche 911
DP51931NDX APPROVED BMW Mini
DP51933NDX APPROVED Ford Focus Mk2 RS
DP51939NDX APPROVED Mercedes AMG
DP51946NDX APPROVED Audi S3/TT
DP51983NDX APPROVED Nissan GT-R
DP51985NDX APPROVED Mitsubishi Evo
DP51986NDX APPROVED Audi A4/A5
DP51991NDX APPROVED Mercedes C/CLS/E
DP52022NDX APPROVED Audi A6
DP52029NDX APPROVED Porsche 911
DP52055NDX APPROVED Ford Focus Mk2 RS
DP52070NDX APPROVED Audi RS3/TT
DP52081NDX APPROVED Audi RS6
DP52091NDX APPROVED BMW X5/X6
DP52093NDX APPROVED Vauxhall Astra/Insignia
DP52121NDX APPROVED Peugeot 508
DP52127NDX APPROVED Audi S3/VW Golf R Mk7
DP52130NDX APPROVED BMW M3
DP52133NDX APPROVED BMW M3
DP52145NDX APPROVED Ford Focus Mk3 ST
DP52147NDX APPROVED Hyundai Genesis Coupe
DP52153NDX APPROVED VW Golf Mk7
DP52168NDX APPROVED Audi A6/A7/Q5
DP52173NDX APPROVED VW Golf Mk7
DP52215NDX APPROVED Mercedes C
DP52216NDX APPROVED Porsche 911
DP52246NDX APPROVED Jaguar/Land Rover/Volvo Rears
DP52274NDX APPROVED Ford Focus Mk3 RS
DP52295NDX APPROVED Audi RS3
DP52303NDX APPROVED BMW i8
DP52315NDX APPROVED Alfa Romeo Giulia
DP53028NDX APPROVED Vauxhall Insignia
ALL OTHER PART NUMBERS NOT REQUIRED R90 ONLY applies to vehicles registered after 1999. If you have an earlier vehicle, you DO NOT NEED R90 APPROVED PADS
NEED A SPECIAL PAD NOT REQUIRED If 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 CALIPERS NOT REQUIRED We have most of these pads in stock or in production. Ask at www.ebcbrakesdirect.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.