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When it comes to performance upgrades, going faster is always the first thing to mind, whether it's tuning your ECU, upgrading your induction system or fitting an exhaust, however, brakes are a pivotal upgrade that people sometimes overlook. The braking system is essential to upgrade especially when focusing on faster lap times, safety precautions and stopping distances.
Performance Friction Brakes are one of the world's leading performance/aftermarket manufacturers, focusing on their famous brake pads, rotors & calipers. All PFC brakes are 'up-market' and aimed at performance, but this doesn't mean they will suit your performance car. Looking specifically at the brake pads, there are 11 different compounds produced by PFC, all suited to different driving conditions. There's always been interest in the different compounds Performance Friction offer, below is a compound comparison that may help you decide which is right for you!
We've been selling PFC brake for over 10 years here at Part-Box and the stand out favourite has always been the Z-Rated .11 compound.
If you're looking for a high quality, uprated set of brake pads that can handle the track days but also suit every day/fast road cars, then look no further! A great choice for you petrol heads that want to run top spec pads on your daily road car… but also show off to your mates!
High bite. High friction. The 13 compound has been developed with increased bite, modulation, superior disc conditioning and release characteristics for exceptional control. This pad compound is ultra-smooth and great for tracks with high grip or high downforce cars. It is the ultimate combination of high bite and infinite control.
13 compound wear is on a par with PFC’s legendary 01 compound and will operate at higher temperatures if called to as they have a very high threshold for fade resistance. Out of all the high bite and high torque pads in the market, 13 has shown to have one of the lowest taper wear, when ran in a full race engineered caliper.
Typical applications: Rally, GT, sprint/medium distance
11 Compound (01 compound remains in some pad shapes)
The new generation sprint and medium distance friction, providing the ultimate in control with superior disc conditioning. 11 compound was developed from 01 compound with improved bite, modulation and release characteristics. It is ultra-smooth and developed to reduce wheel locking at the end of a stop. For many applications, 11 will replace the venerable 01 compound. The 11 compound is extremely popular for typical track day/events and medium distance sprints.
Typical applications: GT, sprint/medium distance, track day
The 08 has gained immediate favour in Endurance Sports car and GT racing due to its performance in applications where smooth initial bite is a must. 08 has a slight friction rise with temperature and excellent release and modulation characteristics. Very low abraded disc wear with a fine grey slate like disc finish, similar to 01. Despite its considerable performance, 08 wears the longest of all PFC pads and easily matches wear of the other competitors with much higher bite. If temperature isn’t an issue, 08 can be replaced with 12 compound.
Typical applications: Endurance, GT and endurance production car racing, track day
The 12 compound has excellent bite with 24 hour durability in its DNA and superior disc conditioning. 12 compound was developed from 08 Compound with improved wear, modulation, and release characteristics. It provides the ultimate in low wear. The PFC 12 Compound won in its debut race the 2013 Daytona 24hr overall winner. 12 compound wear is lower than 08 when high temperatures is not an issue.
Typical applications: Ideal use for endurance when low wear is at a premium. Also, race applications where ABS systems are used. 12’s wear is at its optimum when disc temperature paints show 450-500°C operating temperatures but will operate at higher temperatures if called too. Virtually zero taper wear when ran in a full race engineered caliper.
The 14 has lower friction and slightly less bite than the majority of PFC Race compounds. 14 compound provides high thermal stability and consistency.
Typical applications: Suitable for low grip applications and surfaces with treaded or street tyres.
Z-Rated (.10 or .11)
This compound has been developed for fast road / track day applications. It provides more stopping power and increased fade resistance over the standard OE materials but retains the good qualities of the road pad i.e., low dusting and noise along with low wear rate.
Typical applications: This compound can be used in OE calipers or aftermarket brake kits in applications were an increase in performance is required over the standard OE friction material.