The friction created during brake operation creates heat that must be dispersed to prevent brake fade and component damage. Disc brakes are a significant improvement over drum brakes because the exposed disc brake rotor cools much more easily than the enclosed friction surface of a drum, and all factory front and many rear rotors are vented to further improve cooling. However, performance driving and hauling heavy loads or towing with a truck can create heat that even the best OE brake rotors can’t handle. You can significantly improve your 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK230’s stopping capability with our performance brake rotors.
If you push your car hard on twisty roads or at the race track, or your hard-working truck gets rigorous use, you can experience brake fade and dangerously longer stopping distances with factory brake rotors. You can get the performance you want and the safety you need by upgrading to performance brake rotors. They have metallurgy and features specifically designed to dissipate heat and remain true, for superior braking performance even under severe operating conditions. We offer a large selection of rotors in a variety of constructions so you can get the rotors that best suit your needs and budget.
While the materials used for brake rotor construction are proprietary formulations unique to the manufacturer, in general they are all designed to provide consistent braking performance at high temperatures. Cast iron rotors may have a high carbon or silicon content for added strength and resistance to distortion at high temperatures that could otherwise cause shudder, vibration and fade. Carbon ceramic rotors were originally developed for racing. They’re manufactured from a mixture of fibers, resins and powders that combine to create lightweight components that are also resistant to deformation at extreme temperatures. But in addition to better materials, performance brake rotors also have design features that allow them to run cooler and provide shorter stopping distances.