2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Track Brake Pads

April 24, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Probably the most important piece of preparation before doing a track day in a production car is swapping out the stock brake pads for a set of performance track-ready pads.

Since the decision to do the track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was made at the last minute, it meant much scrambling ensued. No biggie, last-minute running around is pretty much my entire existence. I need to work on that.

The first step was to put a call into the folks over at Carbotech Performance Brakes.

After giving Carbotech some specs on our C7 Vette, including current tires and what track we were heading to, they recommended the XP12 pads up front and XP10s for the rear. They would've preferred we run XP8s at the rear, as they felt they would perform better with our car's ABS system, but they didn't have any in stock. $235 for the fronts, $206 for the rears, plus $55.35 for last-minute get-it-quick shipping charges.

Of course you also want to flush the brake system with high-temp fluid, so they sent along two bottles of Brembo LCF600, at $16.95 per bottle.

Everything worked out perfectly, the pads and fluid arrived the afternoon I got back from a work trip, which was also the day before heading to Laguna. Since I needed to finish writing a story, there was no time to swap out the pads ourselves. So it was off to Stokes Tire Service.

$310 later and Jeff had swapped front and rear pads and added the new brake fluid. Turns out it's expensive to have someone else do the work for you.

But the track pads were on and we were ready to head to Laguna the next day. And there was much excitement.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,012 miles

Comments

  • juwu juwu Posts:

    daaaang, look how wide those front rotors are and the space between vanes are huge.

  • dgcamero dgcamero Posts:

    I thought this car came with the track pack? It seems that you might have tried with the stock brakes, and put the brake cooling vent things that are in the trunk kit on the car for your track test --- then maybe I'd understand doing a comparison between factory race spec and aftermarket.

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    damn $310 to swap pads and do a fluid flush, that's like an hour-1.5hr job for someone with a lift that knows what they are doing

  • dgcamero dgcamero Posts:

    And since you're driving the car on the track, you have to change the motor oil to Mobil 1 15w50 for the track day, and then back to the normal (I assume dexos) once you're done tracking. It's all here for you: http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam/Chevrolet/northamerica/usa/nscwebsite/en/Home/Ownership/Manuals%20and%20Videos/02_pdf/Corvette_TrackPREP_v13.pdf This also tells you how to prepare your stock brake pads for track use.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    So basically $850 before tax, for a car that already has the Z51 package.

  • miata52 miata52 Posts:

    Wow, I'm going to quit my job, buy a lift, and go into car-care business. I'll make more than I do now at these rates. Think I can get BMW and Corvette owners to drop their car off at my house?

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