SP Performance Rotors
SP Performance Brake Rotors are manufactured using the best quality rotor blanks on the market today. Our rotors are offered in a variety of different designs and coatings to best suit each car or truck enthusiasts needs. Our rotors are offered in:
SP Performance offers three types of coatings to protect against rust and corrosion. Our coatings are:
Which Brake Rotor Pattern Best Fits Your Needs:
When searching out to purchase a set of new rotors, who knew there could be so many options. There are many different types of brake rotors to choose from. Before you can purchase a set of fresh rotors, you need to understand the pros and cons of each design. Here is where we will help you decide which option best fits your needs.
Drilled and slotted rotors provide the looks and functionality of both cross-drilled rotors and slotted rotors combined. Drilled and slotted rotors are not recommended for track use due to the abuse they will take. The drilled holes in the rotors will be prone to stress-cracking, The combination of the drilled and slotted pattern does work great with heavier vehicles, especially vehicles that will be towing heavy loads. Since heavier vehicles create more heat in the braking system, the drilled and slotted rotors will help provide the best stopping power by keeping the rotors and pads the coolest. By keeping the braking system cool with the drilled holes, and by pushing the gasses and brake pad dust away from the rotor with the slots, this will provide the best bite to stop any vehicle.
Slotted rotors contain grooves cut along the face of the rotor where the pad makes contact. When the brake pads and the brake rotors make contact, the friction between them creates a layer of gas and brake dust which pushes the brake pad away from the rotor. The slots on the face of the rotor help to move those gasses and brake dust away, causing a much better bite for optimum stopping power. Slotted rotors are the preferred pattern for track cars as there is no risk of cracking due to heavy braking. The slots on the rotor is also one of the best ways to combat brake fade and maintain consistent stopping power.
Cross Drilled brake rotors are some of the best looking designs on the market. The way they look behind a nice set of wheels is undeniably a great look. Not only do they look amazing, but they are the best at keeping the brake rotors and pads as cool as possible by providing optimum venting of through the drilled holes. Just as with the Drilled and Slotted rotors, these rotors are not meant to be used during track use as they are prone to stress cracking, ultimately leading to failure. These rotors are great for any standard street vehicle wanting a great look and an improved bite while stopping.
Performance Brake Rotors vs. Stock Brake Rotors
The question we get asked the most is whats the benefit of Performance Brake Rotors over the stock plain brake rotors. Well the answer is simple. When the Brake Rotor and the Brake Pads make contact, a gas is created which builds up between the two components. This gas pushes the brake pad away from the rotor, making both components work harder to stop the vehicle. By adding the Cross Drilled Holes and Slots to the face of the rotor, this allows the gasses to escape, keeping both the Brake Pads and Brake Rotors cooler and increasing stopping power. Secondly, the Slots (Slotted Rotors, Drilled and Slotted, Diamond Slotted) serve as an escape for the brake dust and water from the road, keeping the wheels cleaner.
Semi-Metallic Pads vs. Ceramic Pads
So what exactly is the difference between Semi-Metallic Brake Pads and Ceramic Brake Pads? Semi-Metallic Brake Pads are performance for most of the vehicles on the road today, including Compact, Mid-range and Heavy Duty cars, Trucks and SUV's. The use of Semi-Metallic Brake Pads is highly recommended for Towing, Work Trucks and Sports cars. The performance of Semi-Metallic pads is immediate and are great for high heat applications and keep your breaking noise free. Ceramic Brake Pads are ideal for Compact and Mid-Range cars and light duty Trucks and SUV's. They are highly not recommended for any type of heavy applications such as towing or work trucks. Ceramic Pads are designed to wear longer and provide very little brake dust which keeps those wheels looking clean.