We have worked with StopTech on many of our project cars evaluating their excellent brake upgrades for street cars as well as some of our more involved motorsports projects in time attack, road racing and drifting. You might have seen how StopTech does their product validation for their kits to assure compatibility with ABS, Electronic Proportioning and Stability Control systems. We feel StopTech’s engineering, particularly their vehicle-specific engineering, is way above par when compared to the rest of the aftermarket in the performance brake market.
If you are a MotoIQ reader you might be familiar with how well StopTech’s stuff works, but we would now like to take you inside StopTech’s production facility so you can see first hand how StopTech’s stuff is made.
StopTech’s production facility is located in Southern California near our headquarters. StopTech is ISO 9000 certified. ISO9000 is an international standard for manufacturing quality. To obtain ISO 9000 certification a company must pass a 3rd party quality audit and be periodically recertified. The audit is very stringent and if a company passes it means they are capable of world-class manufacturing quality.
Our first stop is StopTech’s tribology lab, where their friction material compounding is done. Developing friction material is as much of an art as it is science. It involves a theoretical application of what will happen between the pad and the rotor. A lot of it is like cooking, where a pinch of this and a dash of that makes the test recipe and changes the friction characteristics of the brake pad.