2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Brake Rotor Cooling Rings
April 25, 2014
One of the things they discovered was a clear plastic bag with what Chevy calls "rotor cooling rings" for the front brakes of our Z51 Performance Package-equipped car. But reading through Chevy's documents on "2014 Corvette Stingray track preparation" doesn't really give much of an explanation about exactly how these rings affect brake cooling.
It does say, "Rotor cooling rings (provided at the time of vehicle delivery in a clear plastic bag [true]) are recommended for track use (driving without the rotor cooling rings may result in brake pedal fade). Do not leave them installed after a track event, as this may cause corrosion with long-term use. Installation instructions are included with the rings [not true] and can be found in section 9-7 of the Owner's Manual."
What was included with the rings was the required T304 stainless steel safety wire needed for installation. So first order of business when we got to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the morning was to take off the front wheels and put on these rings.
A moto buddy of mine had some specific safety wire pliers which made things easier, and it wasn't an overly difficult job, although I'd rather not have had to deal with it. In other words, they better work.
A new Corvette attracts a lot of attention, especially at a track day, so it wasn't surprising that we got several opinions (wanted or not) as to the actual performance value of the rings while we had the car jacked up. The general consensus was "seriously Chevy?..."
But, between the new track pads and the rotor cooling rings, in theory this Vette shouldn't suffer any brake fade. Time to find out.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,292 miles