The friction created during brake operation creates heat that must be dispersed to prevent brake fad and component damage. Disc brakes are a significant improvement over drum brakes because the exposed disc brake rotor cools much more easily than the enclosed friction surface of a drum. However, performance driving and hauling heavy loads or towing with a truck can create heat that even the best OE brake rotors can’t handle.

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If you push your car hard on twisty roads or at the race track, or you have a hard working truck, you can upgrade to performance brake rotors that have metallurgy and features specifically designed to dissipate heat and remain true, for superior braking performance even under the most severe operating conditions. We offer a large selection of rotors in a variety of constructions so you can get the rotors that best suit your needs and budget.

While the materials used for brake rotor construction are proprietary formulations unique to the manufacturer, in general they are all designed to provide consistent braking performance at high temperatures. Cast iron rotors may have a high carbon or silicon content for added strength and resistance to distortion at high temperatures that could cause shudder, vibration and fade. Carbon ceramic rotors were originally developed for racing. They’re manufactured from a mixture of fibers, resins and powders that combine to create a lightweight component that is also resistant to deformation at extreme temperatures.

Besides better materials, performance brake rotors also have design features that allow them to run cooler and provide shorter stopping distances. Performance rotors often have thicker friction surfaces and you can upgrade to larger diameter rotors that provide more braking leverage. Some rotors have directional cooling vanes to aid cooling and these are designed to be installed on a specific side of the vehicle. The friction surfaces of performance rotors are drilled or slotted, or have a combination of the two features, to further cool the rotor, allow water and pad gasses to escape, and provide better pad contact.

Thicker and/or larger diameter performance brake rotors can be heavier than original components. To reduce the weight penalty some are two-piece constructions with the center mounting area made of lightweight aluminum. This weight reduction can decrease the unspung weight of the vehicle, reducing the load on the suspension and improving handling. Floating rotors are the ultimate two-piece design. The friction surface can expand independently from the center section, and the rotor is better able to remain parallel to the brake pads and centered within the caliper, for the most effective braking and longest pad life.

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