SEMA 2012: Wilwood Puts a Stop to Your Progress, On Track or Street

Today’s performance enthusiast knows that stopping power commensurate with horsepower is a must, and with thousand-horse street cars no longer a rarity, equally stout brakes are taking the spotlight too. This year at SEMA, we got to see some amazing brake hardware from Wilwood, a company synonymous with world-class binders.

A prime example is this W4A Big Brake rear brake kit – not only does it incorporate Wilwood’s radial mount four piston W4A calipers and vented 14-inch by 1.10 inch rotors, but it also has provisions for an OEM-style internal drum parking brake. The days of having to give up street-friendly features like that in order to have race-level stopping power on your daily driver are a thing of the past.

For the ultimate in fade-free performance, Wilwood offers the W6A Big Brake kit with carbon ceramic rotors. Radial mount 6-piston calipers loaded with performance compound pads grip 14-inch by 1.25 inch C/SiC straight-vane rotors.

At the other end of the brake lines, Wilwood was showing off their bottom-hinged pedal setup that not only incorporates a hydraulic clutch pedal, a brake pedal with dual master cylinders and adjustable bias, but an integrated throttle pedal as well. The brake and clutch are set up with a nominal 5.25-1 ratio, and the frame is constructed from aluminum, with the pedals fabricated from high strength steel.

Wilwood is constantly expanding their brake system applications, so keep an eye on for all the latest developments.

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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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