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February 3, 2011

StopTech GT Caliper: A Great Debut

It was a great week for the StopTech GT Racing Caliper. The underground project that was tested at 25 Hours of Thunderhill and shown to a select few at PRI.  The caliper is loaded with the company's racing innovations and optimized for endurance racing. 10 laps at Willow Springs per run is nice, but were talking 100 miles or more per race.  Things get brutal at those sustained hhigh temperatures.

Well the GT Racing Caliper is underground no more.  Centric Parts officially rolled out the product with an annoucement on their website.  The StopTech STR-40GT is in some ways a wonderful hybrid between the  original StopTech ST series calipers and the company's top-of-the-line Trophy STR racing calipers.

You get  StopTech's patented bolt-in bridge technology that provides slots to enhance cooling airflow, virtually eliminates distortion and reinforces the caliper, yet allows changing brake pads without disturbing the caliper’s mounting. The finish is natural anodized to thwart any color change at the continuous high temperatures. Interestingly enough, this caliper is the only one in the StopTech lineup that is machined from billet, which is a timely process.
So they made their official racing debut this weekend out in Florida.  Turner Motorsports equipped their BMW M3 with them for the Grand-Am 200, which was the season openner of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series.  Drivers Paul Dalla Lana, Joey Hand, and Bill Auberlen The team pulled 62 laps around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn course at a blistering 86.977 average miles per hour, which earned them a trip to the podium in third place.

Not a bad way to say hello.