June 8, 2009

A Primer on StopTech's Trophy Brake System

Our sister blog, The Brake Room, has a post postulating what's next for StopTech's Trophy Brake Systems. Without leaking any information, let's just say they are on the right track (pun intended).

So with some StopTech Trophy news coming down the pike as early as next month, now is a good time to get up to speed (more puns!) on these brakes.

The world first heard about StopTech Trophy brakes through this YouTube video posted just ahead of the Performance Racing Industry trade show in December of 2008....

Those who attended the show got the first actual look, but the details were announced through an official press release. The details were pretty impressive. The brakes were designed to be used only on the track. They feature ultra-lightweight calipers paired up with floating versions of the patented AeroHat / AeroRotor package. Essentially they were designed to handle the unique combination of hard braking and hard cornering found on the track without making any of the comprises found on brake systems designed for both the street and track.

StopTech's Trophy Big Brake Kit made its official debut at the top of the 2009 SCCA Speed World Challenge series. Dino Crescentini, CEO of Centric Parts (StopTech's parent company) who is also a driver for GMG Racing took to the track during the qualifying session of Round 1 at Sebring and earned pole position with the best time. A pretty good start for some pretty great brakes.

Trophy brakes started appearing on more and more track cars but the season highlight so far was probably James Sofronas winning the Long Beach Grand Prix SCCA race on his new set of StopTech Trophy Brakes.

The successes have continued throughout the race season. Most recently, Harmin Motive managed to coax a record setting run out of their Trophy-equiped Subary STi at the Redline Time Attack at Willow Springs. We got our hands on the video...

So that's all there is to know about StopTech's Trophy BBKs for now, but check in next month or pick up a copy of the August Modified Magazine to find out what's next for the line.