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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,112
edited September 2014 in Chevrolet

image2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

Before doing a track day with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevy recommends that you install a set of included brake rotor cooling rings. So we did.

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  • cotakcotak Posts: 89
    If you search online.... the ring blocks off the vents that normally allow cooling air to exit the brakes. By blocking the vents it allow the air to actually cools the discs.
  • diigiidiigii Posts: 156
    Please take a picture after your track session when you take off the wheel to see what happened to the cooling rings.
  • The problem with this exercise is that you do not have a control.
    You either should have run the stock pads, with the cooling rings. As that is part of the Z51 package, and see if they worked as intended.
    Or you should run the performance pads by themselves.

    By changing everything we don't know what individual pieces worked, and if the Vette track /z51 package is even a decent buy. As you by passed the purpose of it by making these brake changes.

    The message that you have sent is the Vette's brakes are not up to track days. Is that true? who knows, but this was a golden opportunity missed to have found out.
  • ayaoayao Posts: 27
    I'm really curious about how these things work and how they're anything other than an afterthought by GM.

    There's a very interesting analysis of the C7 Z51 braking system here:
    http://www.essexpartsblog.com/news/c7-stingray-brake-analysis-are-they-track-worthy

    I found it a very good read.
  • agentorangeagentorange Posts: 893
    Did you apply the special snake oil you must use with these rings?
  • noburgersnoburgers Posts: 500
    for control purposes, have there not been enough press/track days for the Corvette to tell if the brakes fade?
  • bankerdannybankerdanny Posts: 1,021
    GM included them at no charge. It would be one thing to call them 'snake oil' if the dealer tried to upsell them to you. But they didn't. There is no reason for GM to include them and recommend their use if they don't actually make a difference.
  • mrhpmrhp Posts: 6
    "I'm really curious about how these things work and how they're anything other than an afterthought by GM. There's a very interesting analysis of the C7 Z51 braking system here: http://www.essexpartsblog.com/news/c7-stingray-brake-analysis-are-they-track-worthy I found it a very good read."

    So... a company that makes big brake kits thinks the OEM setup is inadequate for track use and recommends an upgrade?

    You don't say?
  • ayaoayao Posts: 27
    I'd agree that one has to take that into consideration. Definitely looking forward to the Edmunds crew's feedback from track day.

    I confess that I've become obsessed with brakes for track duty lately; on the M3 forums the Essex guy seems to be pretty reasonable in terms of his approach, and admittedly I've bought into the intelligent design of their BBK (function over form) vs some of the flashier BBK manufacturers.
  • Can we please get some more updates on the Vette track day instead of the "top 10 minivans" or a Prius V review? :)
  • carluvr1carluvr1 Posts: 5
    It looks as if the reason you need to put those plates in is to redirect brake cooling duct air flow from blowing through the rotor to hub casting slots and escape cooling the rotor. Without the plates That flow would mostly go out the face of the rim but instead the plates force the flow upward through the rotor cooling vents and out for better cooling for track duty. having The plates installed in Slow traffic and city driving would hold the heat in so the brakes fade?
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