We recently ventured out to our testing facility, Putnam Park Road Course, to do some temperature testing with our Mk5 Toyota Supra Brake Cooling Kit. In the following blog, we will dive into how we set the car up, how we gathered the data and the results from our testing.
We essentially set the car up for a simple A and B comparison. We did this by installing our full brake cooling kit on the driver's side of the car and left the passenger side in its original OEM format. The brake cooling kit consists of a well-formed carbon inlet duct, a pre-cut 2.5” silicone hose, and the backing plate.
The above image on the left is of the OEM setup, and the image on the right shows our Brake Cooling Kit installed.
We also chose to utilize some Omega Temp Stickers on the rotor hats and calipers. These stickers permanently change color at certain degree increments to show the highest temperature reached in the area where the sticker is placed. These stickers give us a finite temperature of what each location has risen to.
Brake Setup for Testing:
· OEM Rotors
· OEM Brake Calipers
· High-Temp Brake Fluid
· C21 Front Brake Pads by CounterSpace Garage
· C11 Rear Brake Pads by CounterSpace Garage
· Stainless Brake Lines
We chose this setup for testing as we feel this is a fairly standard setup for the track.
We broke the testing up into 3 total sessions of 4 laps, 4 laps, and then 6 laps. Later on in the day, we wanted to go out one more time for some fun to see if we could get the brakes even hotter. After these 4 lap stints, we drove immediately to the garage without any sort of cool-down so that the brakes were still as hot as possible and did a sweep of the rotor and piston area of the caliper with a laser temperature gun. We then wrote down the highest temperatures that we read for both of these locations.
We are fortunate enough to be members of The Club at Putnam Park Road Course and being a private club, we are able to do lap after lap without other cars impeding our lap times and test results. If there happen to be other cars on track during testing, everyone is always courteous enough to allow us to pass.
Above are graphs showing the temperature differences of the rotor and caliper between our Brake Cooling Kit and the OEM setup. These temperatures were recorded from sweeping the caliper and rotor surface with the laser temp gun.
Once we got the car back to the shop, we got the car off the ground so that we could take the wheels off and compare the on-track data with the Omega Temp Stickers. The temperatures varied slightly from what we recorded at the track, but this is due to the location differences where the stickers were placed and where we were reading with the laser temp gun. Below are images of the temp stickers.
From the on-track data, it is very clear that our Brake Cooling Kit is dissipating quite a bit more heat in the caliper and the rotor than what the OEM setup is doing. By installing this kit, you will benefit from reduced brake fade and increased pad and rotor life. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if this is a beneficial product for you and your setup, but we do not have anything to hide and we are more than willing to answer any other questions you may have regarding this kit. For product or technical questions, please email us at [email protected].