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Author Shawn Church
Categories Performance Parts, S2000, S2000 Suspension/Chassis
Create Date February 18, 2003 00:38
Last Update April 12, 2003 16:18
Pad selection
Choosing a proper brake pad for a car is often a trying experience. The selection process involves considering the car, the driving environment, tire type and, perhaps most importantly, the driver.

Having been through nearly a dozen different compounds from half a dozen different manufacturers (not including OEM pads) over the years, I've become distinctly aware how limited my knowledge of compounds is. With that in mind, when I find someone who knows their brakes and can share their knowledge and recommendations with me, I try and stick with them.

Last year, I had my first run in with Andie Lin. At that time, Andie was with another brake pad manufacturer (who turned out some good pads). I told him my needs, my setup and rated my braking style for him. He then recommended a set of pads that was pretty much spot on for my S2000.

I remembered this experience when it came time to replace my worn out track pads with a new set. Turns out Andie had moved on to a new braking company, Cobalt Friction Technologies, so I thought I'd give them a shot. On my previous pads, I had been looking for something I could run on the street for a little while before and after track events. On the new setup, I wanted a pad that would only be driven to and from the track. Furthermore, I wanted a little more rear braking bias to help maximize hard braking. In my opinion, the stock brake bias on the S2000 is a little too front heavy. I called Andie at Cobalt and told him my needs. He recommended the Ferodo DS3000 for the front, and to move the bias rearward, the Cobalt IT Spec C pads on the back. Since Andie had made good recommendations in the past, I took his advice at face value.

The Ferodo DS3000 pad compound has a Cf of between 0.58 and 0.62 over a temperature range of 350-1250F. It reaches its critical fade point at 1450F, which is quite high.

The Cobalt IT-C compound has a Cf of 0.52 from 200F-900F with a critical fade point of 1000F. While these specs are not as aggressive as the DS3000s up front, the rear brakes are substantially less loaded than the fronts, and as you'll read, the balance was great.

The pads retailed for $139.00/set for the fronts and $89.00/set for the rears. Although, many racer organizations have established discount programs with Cobalt of up to 15%, so be sure and see if there is a discount available to you. I needed the pads on short notice and requested 3-day shipping to ensure they arrived before my track date. Unfortunately, Cobalt ran into a delay in getting the order out, but they upgraded the shipping to 2-day at no extra charge. Hey, they really understand the time crunch we track addicts face! Thanks guys, good customer service is rare and appreciated!

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