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EBC Track Pack

Braking System Temperatures & How to Keep on Top of Them

Managing your braking temperatures can be the difference between winning and losing in race situations

The sight of a glowing hot brake disc on the race track is a common sight, and although it can make for a truly amazing photo, it isn’t always a good thing to see, especially if it’s on your own vehicle.

When a vehicle is travelling at high speeds on track, it has a lot of kinetic energy. To slow it down, that kinetic energy must be converted to a different form of energy, which in this case is thermal energy.

If your braking system temperatures get too hot, however, they may lose their effectiveness and, in-turn, shorten the lifespan of both brake pads and discs, causing you to have to pay for replacements prematurely and more often than necessary.

Caliper Temperature Strips

10x caliper temperature strips (150°C to 220°C)

Useful information (For guidance only) – When running a set-up that utilises multi-piston calipers, it is recommended that the working temperatures are sub-200°C, in most cases the highest acceptable working temperatures for calipers is 220°C.

If your calipers are operated at temperatures higher than 220°C, you will run the risk of overheating the seals equipped in your calipers and you may start to experience issues with sealing etc.

*If your caliper temperature runs higher than 220°C, the dust seals and fluid seals should be replaced.

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Ultra-High Performance BF307+ Racing Brake Fluid

1L of EBC's BF307+ high performance Super DOT 4 brake fluid which has been specially formulated to provide outstanding performance for braking systems routinely operated at extreme temperatures making this fluid ideal for fast street use, track days and racing. Do not mix BF307+ brake fluid with other brake fluids or its high performance may be compromised.

Typical dry boiling point – 270°C (518°F). Typical wet boiling point – 170°C (338°F)

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Disc Heat Paint and Applicator Brush & Cleaner

Paint a half-inch wide strip of each paint close to each other of the outer edges of both front rotors.

After first few laps, observe which of the heat paints have activated and changed. This will give you an idea where your rotor temperatures are going. Re-apply the same paints to a clean area of your rotor edge as your first runs may have generated abnormally high temperatures as pads settle down. Then do a couple more laps and check heat paints again.


Heat paint temperatures (as below)

Green – up to427°C /800°FOrange/Red – up to538°C /1000°FYellow – up to649°C /1200°F

*If your caliper temperature runs higher than 220°C, the dust seals and fluid seals should be replaced.

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