SEMA 2011: EBC Brakes Goes Blue


EBC Brakes, well-known for their color-coded performance friction compound offerings, has added another hue to the stopping spectrum with their new “Blue Stuff” pads. To review, the new compound joins EBC’s Green Stuff pads (an organic performance upgrade from stock compounds) Red Stuff (ceramic high heat) and Yellow Stuff (high performance street and limited track use).

Per EBC, Blue Stuff pads have a friction level of 0.7μ – while we have absolutely no idea what that means, they assure us it’s “huge and almost unheard of,” and we’re going to take their word for it. Other advantages include:

  • Suitable for fast street and track use
  • Good initial bite from cold
  • Zero fade up to 1200-1300 degrees F
  • Bonded with high strength chemical interlayer
  • Wide aperture vee shaped dust/expansion grooves
  • Huge lifetime even in race use
  • Factory pre-bedded for fast break in

EBC's Yellow, Green, and Red Stuff pads feature the company's "Brake-In" coating, which conditions the rotor and removes glazing and spotting. After 50-250 miles (depending on use) the coating wears off. Blue Stuff pads don't come with this coating, as they are intended primarily for competition use.

EBC makes every pad they sell, with a 200,000 square foot automated manufacturing facility in Bristol, England, and a 100,000 square foot warehouse in California, stocking every cataloged part.

EBC also makes premium OE replacement and high performance brake rotors - This is their GD Series Sport Slotted Rotor, which features wide aperture scraper slots and blind-drilled degassing holes. The black anodized finish marks this rotor as a domestic application.

The high-carbon "Blade" disc design gets its unique look from slots that expel dust and gas from the center of the friction zone via the most direct route.

The USR Series Sport Slotted Rotors are designed for super-quiet operation while still providing the advantages of a slotted design.

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Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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