2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Track Brake Pads
April 24, 2014
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.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,012 miles