Auto Service World
Feature   August 3, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Category Focus: BRAKES

Recently released products in the automotive brake space include new rotors and pads from Brembo, new part numbers from Robert Bosch, brake pads from Continental’s ATE brand, and rotors from Raybestos.

Welcome to Auto Service World’s Category Focus, looking at recent announcements from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers, and distributors.

Performance Rotors

Raybestos has expanded its specialty line of Performance Rotors, adding 60 new part numbers to cover even more popular performance applications.

Brake Parts Inc (BPI) says its Raybestos Performance Rotors are made with application-specific enhanced iron, which suppresses noise and keeps brakes running cool, quiet and vibration free.

Performance Rotors feature black fusion coated hats or Grey Fusion 4.0 coating for rust protection. Additionally, patented S-groove slot designs found on select applications allow for improved pedal feel.

“The Raybestos Performance line is specifically designed for demanding street performance drivers. The new rotor coverage includes truck, SUV and luxury car applications,” said product manager Kristin Grons. “In addition to Performance brake parts, the Raybestos Specialty line delivers outstanding stopping power for a variety of niche markets, including Police, School Bus, and Air Disc and Medium Duty Truck applications.”

Brake pads

Continental’s ATE Original Brake Pads are formulated to OE friction specifications and quality-built and tested to meet or exceed OE standards. ATE Original Disc Brake Pads deliver maximum braking power instantly without fade, squeal, or judder. Engineered for low heat transmission to prevent pedal failure, they’re equipped with underlayers and noise damping sheets to minimize noise during braking.

Brake products

Bosch has added new parts coverage for more than 2.1 million vehicles in operation in North America. The new SKUs fit select vehicles including Audi, Chrysler, Honda, Lexus, Ram Trucks, and more.

Thirty-eight new SKUs were added to the Bosch QuietCast Brake Pad, Bosch Blue Brake Pad and Bosch Severe Duty Disc Brake Pad product lines. The new part numbers extend coverage to late-model Domestic, European and Asian vehicles in operation in the U.S. and Canada, including the 2016-2018 Mazda CX-9, 2016-2017 Honda Accord, 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2015-2017 Lexus NX200t and NX300h models among others.

Fifteen new SKUs have been added to the QuietCast line, extending coverage to more than 2.1 million vehicles in operation. The new part numbers include synthetic lubricant with all applications and a hardware kit on select applications. Bosch QuietCast Brake Pads are developed for the generalist who works on all makes and models all day long.

Twenty-two new SKUs have been added to the Bosch Blue Disc Brake Pad product line, covering more than 1.8 million vehicles in operation. The pads feature multi-layer shims that provide superior noise dampening and are designed to deliver quality and performance. Bosch Blue Disc Brake Pads are ideal for the shop owner who is looking to provide customers with the best value.

One new SKU has been added to the Bosch Severe Duty Brake Pad product line, extending coverage to 10,000 late-model domestic vehicles in operation. Bosch Severe Duty Disc Brake Pads use an advanced semi-metallic and ceramic copper-free friction formula and multi-layer shims for best-in-class performance, quiet operation and longevity.

Rotor and pads

Brembo has added increased vehicle overage of its Xtra brake rotors and Low Met brake pads.

Brembo Xtra Rotors offer great looks combined with excellent stopping power. The additional 172-part numbers will cover over 38 million vehicles on the road. Brembo Xtra cross-drilled brake rotors are distinguished by cooling holes which combine a sporty look with brilliant performance to deliver effective braking in all conditions. Brembo Xtra rotors offer improved grip delivering superior stopping power as well as improved cooling of the whole brake system.

Brembo Low Met brake pads are constructed of 10-50 percent metal by weight creating a high-performance braking pad surface. Brembo Low-Met brake pads are distinguishable by their black backing plate (Brembo NAO, non-asbestos-organic, pads are recognized with a red backing plate).