Zeckhausen Racing News Page
November 26, 2012
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October 26, 2012
World's First StopTech Big Brake Kit on a BMW F30 328i
installed StopTech big brake kit #1 on the new BMW F30 328i. This kit has
application-specific caliper piston sizes and parking brakes. It is not
the same as the StopTech F30 335i kit, which has larger pistons and parking
See the complete
write-up on the
forum or on
January 31, 2012
New Pad for ST-60 Big Brake kit Caliper Supports Pad Wear
introduced a new pad shape for the ST-60 big brake kit calipers that supports
factory electronic pad wear sensors. Most BMW pad wear sensors clip right
in. For other makes and models, a sensor kit is available that can be
spliced in to an old pad harness and allows. If you have a StopTech ST-60
big brake kit and want your electronic pad monitoring function back, just click
the photos below to order!
November 2, 2011
StopTech AeroRotor Manufacturing Moved to USA!
StopTech AeroRotors are now 100% made in the USA,
with castings made in northern California and machining in southern California.
The manufacturing facility is equipped with state-of-the-art Doosan vertical
turning centers, Doosan 3-axis CNC mill and Balance Technologies rotor balancing
machine. Domestic production allows StopTech complete control over every stage
of the manufacturing process for better quality and nimble response to emerging
market needs, such as armored SUVs or popular new racing series. Look for
StopTech to begin expanding available AeroRotor sizes beyond what is currently
StopTech AeroRotor Product Line
August 29 - September 2, 2011
Limited Phone Support this Week due to Hurricane Irene
Fairfield, New Jersey
is experiencing record flooding and police have ordered a mandatory evacuation.
Our building is surrounded by water, but the interior has not been breeched and
we do not expect this to happen. Our data lines, phone lines, and power continue
to function, allowing us to operate Zeckhausen Racing remotely.
At this time, we are
working with suppliers to drop-ship domestic orders. International orders
and parts made by Zeckhausen Racing, such as CDVs, will be shipped when we are
able to safely return to the building. We anticipate returning on Tuesday,
September 6. We will respond to phone messages as we are able, but email
is the best way to reach us. Please use
firstname.lastname@example.org for all
Thank you for your
patience as we work to restore the level of service you have become used to over
the years. And we wish the best for our customers in the affected areas,
as they struggle to return their lives and businesses to normal. We will
get through this!
parking & loading dock (8:00 AM 8/30/2011)
March 8, 2011
Roundel Magazine Advertising
A sneak peek at our
upcoming advertisement in the April 2011 issue of BMW Car Club of America's
Roundel Magazine. We introduce the BMW community to the new StopTech
STR-40GT endurance racing calipers. The background photo, taken by Roundel
photographer Klaus Schnitzer, is our
BMW E46 M3 equipped with prototype StopTech carbon ceramic brakes. Click the image
view the full-resolution ad in PDF format.
December 3, 2010
Congratulations to Team Unique Photo
for their Targa of Newfoundland
2nd Place Finish!
The team of David
McIntyre and Ross Karlin recently finished 2nd in Class in the challenging 2010
Targa of Newfoundland event. Zeckhausen Racing and business partner Unique
Photo provided a 4-wheel StopTech 332x32mm, 4-piston big brake
upgrade, Carbone Lorraine (CL) race pads, and assorted camera equipment.
This dramatic photo of "Team Unique Photo" was captured as they caught air
cresting a hill and appeared (with captions) on the cover of the latest issue of
the New Jersey Chapter of BMW Car Club of America's newsletter. David and
Ross will present videos and slides of their Targa adventure at the
January BMWCCA meeting to be held at Unique Photo/Zeckhausen Racing on
January 19. 2010 at 7:00 PM. Please join us!
123 US Highway 46
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Click here for driving directions.
September 16, 2010
New! StopTech Sport, Power
Alloy & Cryo Slot rotors for Corvette C6
Z06, Grand Sport & Z51
One of the most
frequent complaints among Corvette C6 Z06, Grand Sport and Z51 owners who track their cars is that
the factory drilled rotors crack too easily, often in just a few track days.
Not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars for a StopTech big brake
upgrade, and aftermarket (non-drilled) rotor choices have been slim - until now. Centric Parts
now offers StopTech Sport
slotted, Cryo Slot cryogenically treated, and Power Alloy plain rotors for these applications. Front
and rear rotors are in stock now! Click here for pricing and other
August 23, 2010
Zeckhausen Racing introduces Carbone Lorraine (CL) Race
Dave Z. testing CL RC6E endurance race pads at New
Hampshire International Speedway in the rain.
Most brake pads
are formed from fibers and organic materials bonded together by resins. CL
Brakes Sintered Pads, made by Mersen
(formerly Carbone Lorraine) in France, begin as powdered iron, bronze, and
copper, mixed with graphite, carbon and other materials. The mix is compressed
to form a "puck" of friction material, then brazed onto a backing plate at 1800
degrees F. The resulting pads are characterized by a consistently high
coefficient of friction, stability at high temperatures, and unusually low wear
originally created sintered brake materials for tanks, helicopters, and
airplanes, as well as high speed freight and passenger trains like
France's TGV. CL Brakes are now being used successfully at the highest
levels of motorsport, including World Rally Championship (WRC) and
NASCAR Sprint Cup. CL pads are available for a limited number of OEM
brake calipers and many popular aftermarket calipers, such as StopTech
and Brembo. Call for availability or
to order on-line.
July 3, 2010
Zeckhausen Racing at Watkins Glen
Click photo for slide show of model in progress. The
details are quite impressive!
sales associate Joe Ciarfella (far right) presents a scale model of
Dino Crescentini's #4 Porsche 911 GT3 to the GMG Racing team, prior to the
the World Challenge race at Watkins Glen. From left, GMG racers William
Dino Crescentini (#4), and James Sofronas (#14), and team engineer
and StopTech co-founder Steve Ruiz. Later in the day, Joe presented
another scale model to Indy Car driver Alex Tagliani.
Joe Ciarfella has
been creating painstakingly detailed 1:18th scale models of race cars as a hobby
for years, and his creations are in the hands of well-known racers, such as
Alex Tagliani, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sébastien Bourdais, and
July 2, 2010
Centric Fleet Performance Brake Pads for Trucks/SUVs Released
Centric Parts, the
parent company of StopTech and StopTech Sport, today announced new high-performance
for heavy-duty applications, based on the same Para Aramid technology as the
wildly popular StopTech Street Performance Pads. These pads are in stock
available for same-day shipping.
Performance brake pads are formulated for use in high heat and repeat-stop
situations, ideal for towing or for police and emergency vehicles. Positive
molded, assuring consistent density and resulting in even wear characteristics
and performance. Mechanically attached shims for reduced noise from pad
vibration. Scorched at the factory to remove impurities and pre-burnish the pads for faster
break-in. If you need better stopping power for your heavy duty vehicle,
give these new pads a try!
June 10, 2010
August 2010 Bimmer Magazine Features Zeckhausen Racing BMW
by Klaus Schnitzer
The latest issue of
Bimmer Magazine arrived this week and features Zeckhausen Racing business
partner Matt Sweetwood's tastefully modified BMW E46 M3. Of particular
interest are the StopTech big brakes with prototype carbon ceramic rotors.
January 27, 2010
Bimmer Magazine Advertising
A sneak peek of our
first advertisement in
Bimmer Magazine. In addition to the full page ad we ran in Roundel
Magazine late in 2009, we are running a smaller 10" tall advertisement as shown
in the split view below. We introduce StopTech Trophy big brake kits and
the exciting new StopTech Street Performance brake pads. Click the image
view the full-resolution ad in PDF format.
January 13, 2010
NEW - StopTech Street
Performance Brake Pads
Normally our news
page describes Zeckhausen Racing milestones. But in this case, I'm so
excited about a new product, I'm going to tell you about it here.
For the last year,
StopTech has included their own brand of brake pads, StopTech Street
Performance, in their big brake kits. These are fantastic pads, offering a
combination of good bite, high friction, low noise, medium dust, and street & track capability.
They have an astonishingly high maximum operating temperature. Over the last six months, they've released these pads in shapes for many OEM
applications, and the response from our customers has been universally positive.
I have StopTech
Street Performance pads on my own 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8, my wife's 2007 Corvette Z51, and my 2001 BMW
540i. My business partner has them on his 2009 BMW 335xi and 2004 Audi S4,
my sales associate has them on his Ford Mustang, my IT guy has them on his Dodge
Neon, and my warehouse manager put them on his dad's Honda minivan. The
list is much longer, but I didn't want to bore you!
For years, we've
been telling people there's no such thing as a single brake pad that can provide
acceptable performance on the track without also driving you crazy on the street
with noise and dust. Those days are over. These new StopTech Street Performance
brake pads rock! They are my personal favorite street pads, regardless of
price, and the price is amazingly low. Try these out today!
UPDATE - April 12,
I spent the day at
Monticello Motor Club's new
3.7 mile race course with the Corvette Z51 and was unable to fade these pads, despite this being a very heavy braking track. My 1st-hand
experience matches our customer feedback. I remain very
Zeckhausen - Owner, Zeckhausen Racing
October 9, 2009
Roundel Magazine Advertising
A sneak peek of our
upcoming advertisement in the November and December issues of BMW Car Club of America's
Roundel Magazine. We introduce the StopTech Trophy big brake kits,
announce a new kit for the BMW 335xi (AWD), and describe the 6-piston front big
brake upgrade for the BMW E39 M5 and 540i. The photo at the top is of our
BMW E46 M3, equipped with StopTech carbon ceramic brakes. Click the image
view the full-resolution ad in PDF format.
September 6, 2009
Zeckhausen Racing/StopTech sponsored BMW wins Canadian
Congratulations to Brian
Gay for piloting the Zeckhausen Racing/StopTech sponsored BMW E36 M3 to 1st
place in the 2009 season championship in the Canadian SoloSprint National SGT2
class. Brian was 3rd overall for this race, finished 2nd in class and was
the fastest BMW. The car is equipped with StopTech big brakes with
4-piston calipers and 332x32mm AeroRotors at all four corners.
August 16, 2009
StopTech-equipped supercar sets Laguna Seca lap record
650 horsepower American supercar debuted this week at the Pebble Beach Concourse
D'Elegance. The $500,000 Devon GTX set a production car lap record last
month at Laguna Seca, driven by Derek Bell and equipped with StopTech Trophy
February 21, 2009
Zeckhausen Racing is now on Twitter - Follow us!
June 6, 2008
Have your new brakes installed at Euro-Tire
Euro-Tire is an approved local
installer for Zeckhausen Racing. Pick up a big brake kit at Zeckhausen
Racing and have it installed the same day at Euro-Tire, with the same care and
attention to detail you've come to expect from Zeckhausen Racing.
Euro-Tire is a
full service race car prep shop and can help
set up your track car's suspension, perform an alignment, and, of course,
provide you with the best brands of street or race tires. Brake
installations are available Monday through Friday by appointment. Contact
Bill Bloomfield at Euro-Tire at (973)575-0080.
February 15, 2008
Zeckhausen Racing has relocated!
Zeckhausen Racing has moved from our 80,000 square foot
industrial park facility in Florham Park, New Jersey to a new, state-of-the-art
facility in Fairfield, NJ, which we share with our parent company
Unique Photo. (You can
see their latest TV
commercial here. Yes, that is Dave Z. sitting in the coffee bar, 20
seconds into the commercial!) The new location, at 123 Route 46 West, is an
easy drive from New York City, Connecticut and most of New Jersey. At the
same time, we're upgrading our enterprise management system, barcoding all parts
and modernizing our parts distribution and warehousing. You'll see lots of
changes at Zeckhausen Racing in 2008, all to help us serve our
customers better and manage our rapid growth without sacrificing our famous
Grand-AM GT Classic Races at Lime Rock Park
David and Maria Zeckhausen spent Memorial Day weekend enjoying the Grand-AM GT
Classic races at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, thanks to a pair of VIP passes
from StopTech. We had full access to the pits, even during the races,
allowing us to get close-up to all the action. Some photos of the weekend
activity may be found here:
Below, Bill Auberlen is interviewed on the pit lane by SPEED TV, following his
first place finish (using StopTech brakes) in the 2.5 hour Grand-AM KONI
Challenge GS race.
February 5-7, 2007
Corvette Advanced Driving
School at Spring Mountain, Nevada
Zeckhausen Racing closed for the week so Dave and Maria Zeckhausen could attend
Driving School at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.
Spring Mountain uses current year Corvette Z51 and Z06 models. Since Maria
just acquired a 2007 Corvette Z51 (a birthday surprise!), this gave her the
opportunity to become more proficient in her new car before the start of the
2007 track season. Many of our track sessions took place in the 505 hp
Corvette Z06, which is one of the world's fastest and most powerful sports cars.
We both had a great time and heartily recommend this school to anyone who wishes
to hone their track skills in a powerful, rear wheel drive sports car. The
staff and instructors at Spring Mountain are world class and the facilities are
second to none. Of all the driving and racing schools we've attended over
the years, this provided the most seat time (over 300 miles!) with a reasonable
mix of classroom sessions.
January 1, 2007
Zeckhausen Racing is StopTech's Top
Retailer for 2006
fourth year in a row, Zeckhausen Racing was
StopTech's top retailer. As we expand later this year into a larger
facility, we plan to cement that position again for 2007 by continuing to offer
the best customer service, technical advice and quality products - but on a much
larger scale. Thanks again to our loyal customers for making this all
November 3, 2006
Noble Extreme Drive at Lime Rock Park
Zeckhausen Racing closed for the day so Dave Zeckhausen could take advantage of
a generous offer by
Car Company and
1G Racing to drive the
Noble M12 and M400 at Lime Rock Park race track. Accompanying Dave in the
passenger seat, to help fine tune his racing line, was
DaVia, three-time (consecutive!) winner of the
Cannonball One Lap of America
race. (2nd photo)
The Noble is one of the best handling road legal cars in the
world, with a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and is capable of lapping Lime Rock
Park in under one minute on street tires. This is the most capable and
exhilarating road car Zeckhausen Racing has ever experienced at the track and is
a must-have for the addicted (and affluent) track junkie. We give it two thumbs up!
AutoWeek Magazine agrees, publishing rave reviews in a cover story in the
11, 2006 edition.
August 29, 2006
Mopar Action Magazine cover story
SRT8 project car from last year's SEMA show made it onto yet another magazine
cover and Zeckhausen Racing received prominent mention in the article (see page
44). The October Issue of
Magazine featured an inset cover shot and a four page article, including
details on the brakes and Zeckhausen Racing. Pick up your copy today!
Click photo below for full cover shot.
April 3, 2006
SRT Track Experience at Lime Rock Park
Zeckhausen Racing closed to take advantage of the
SRT Track Experience at Lime
Rock Park race track in Connecticut. SRT owners were invited by
Daimler-Chrysler to come to the track and spend a day driving the SRT6
Crossfire, SRT8 Charger, Magnum, and 300C (even the SRT8 Jeep!) at speed on the
race track. Senior instructors from Skip Barber Racing School were on hand
to provide coaching and keep the novices out of trouble. It was a great
way for Daimler-Chrysler to show off the high speed capabilities of their SRT
vehicles and a nice break from the normal daily office routine.
Zeckhausen Racing is StopTech's Top
Retailer for 2005
third year in a row, Zeckhausen Racing was
named by StopTech as their #1 retailer in the world! We sold more StopTech
products than any other dealer in any country. Our commitment to customer
education, customer service and post-sales support is what brings us a
tremendous amount of repeat business from racers and non-racers alike. Once again, we would like to
thank our many customers and we look forward to another great year in 2006.
SEMA Show 2005
Zeckhausen Racing attended the SEMA show in Las Vegas and, for the
first time, we had a project car on display. The
Ultimate Chrysler 300C SRT8 was prominently displayed in Chrysler's booth (#42327).
This car was equipped with custom-built StopTech 15" brakes with 6-piston
calipers. Look for
this car on the cover of several automotive publications in the coming
months, including the March 2006 issue of
Super Rod Magazine.
April 30, 2005
Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of
Maria and David Zeckhausen flew to South Bend, Indiana to attend the start of
the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. Besides watching the wet skid
pad competition, we were given a VIP tour of the Tire Rack facility by
Luke Pavlick (x362) We found
Pete Veldman, Tire Rack's president, changing tires in the shop area for One
Brock Yates, the originator of
the first (illegal)
Cannonball race and senior editor of Car and Driver Magazine was on hand.
March 25, 2005
Seminar: "Applying Brake Controls to Vehicle Dynamics"
attended a seminar taught by
Walker, a well known expert in brake system design, an author, and an accomplished race
car driver. This seminar builds upon the foundations of last year's "Introduction
to Brake Control Systems" and goes into greater technical depth on ABS
optimization, dynamic rear proportioning, lateral and longitudinal dynamics, and
the use of modern brake systems to affect vehicle dynamics.
James Walker has written a comprehensive book on brakes,
Brake Systems," which began shipping in January 2007. We reviewed the first
draft and have now received the final copy. We strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in brakes.
You can order your copy by clicking
March 18, 2005
SPEED World Challenge & Twelve Hours of
Thanks to hot pit passes donated by StopTech, Maria and David Zeckhausen were
able to enjoy the SPEED World Challenge races (Touring & GT) and the 53rd Annual
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring from a vantage point not open to the general
public. In the VIP areas, they found themselves surrounded by the likes of
Sebastien Bourdais, "Mad"
Max Papis, and
Click here for
video of the start of the GT race.
StopTech Announces Zeckhausen Racing 2004 Top
For the second year in a row, Zeckhausen Racing was
the retail sales leader for StopTech big brake kits! We sold more product
than any other StopTech retailer in the world. Once again, we would like to
thank our customers and we look forward to another big year in 2005.
July 10, 2004
Seminar: "Brake Friction"
In order to improve our ability to recommend
appropriate race friction and to troubleshoot brake problems, Dave Zeckhausen
attended a "Friction" seminar taught by Rob Nelson, a 35 year veteran of the
brake industry and former President of Hawk's race friction division. The
class covered a wide range of topics, including racing brake pad construction,
failure modes, diagnostics, and future directions in the industry.
Zeckhausen Racing emphasizes continuous education
in order to provide the best service and advice in the brake business. We
will continue to attend seminars and classes and solicit feedback from racers in
order to provide the most up-to-date and quality recommendations to our
Friction Seminar Agenda
For your convenience, Zeckhausen Racing now accepts the American Express card.
As always, we continue to accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.
January 24, 2004
to Brake Control Systems"
In an effort to better understand modern brake
systems, including ABS, dynamic stability control, and electronic brake force
distribution and how they interact with aftermarket upgrades, Dave Zeckhausen
attended a seminar hosted by StopTech at their Torrance, California facility.
The class was taught by
Walker, a well known expert in brake system design and an accomplished race
car driver. We strongly recommend this class to anyone interested in
understanding thoroughly how all those "black box" devices interact with each
other and how they are affected by brake upgrades, friction choices, suspension
upgrades, and wheel & tire changes.
Seminar dates and description:
Introduction to Brake Control Systems
January 2, 2004
StopTech Announces Zeckhausen Racing 2003 Top
StopTech has informed us that, in our first full
year of operation, Zeckhausen Racing was their retail sales leader for all of
2003! Our goal for 2004 is to continue to expand our sales leadership for
StopTech. We would like to
thank our customers for helping us achieve this victory and we look forward to
continuing our winning streak.
June 17, 2003
Click here to see the results of the free,
on-line raffle for owners of the Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S.
Zeckhausen Racing and StopTech teamed up to give
stainless steel braided Teflon brake lines to
members of the
MINI2 on-line forum, one of the top gathering
places for owners and future owners of the hot new offering from BMW.
April 26, 2003
Zeckhausen Racing was the guest vendor at the
annual RogueFEST open house event at Rogue Engineering in HoHoKus, NJ.
There were demonstrations of an
E39 BMW CDV modification, performance
transmission mount installation, transmission fluid swap to Royal Purple
Synchromax, fender rolling, and a performance pulley installation.
StopTech big brake kits were on hand to
pick up and see in person and Dave Zeckhausen was there to answer
brake tech questions.
The weatherman predicted heavy rain and thunder,
but we were spared the worst and, shortly after the event started, the rain
stopped. Attendance was terrific.
January 26, 2003
StopTech big brake kits became available
this week for the BMW Z8.
here for details.
January 17, 2003
For your convenience, Zeckhausen Racing now accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
January 11, 2003
Zeckhausen Racing installs the first Brembo 8-piston kit on a
Click here for the full report
December 9, 2002
Zeckhausen Racing LLC is now an authorized StopTech retailer
and installer. David Zeckhausen recently spent a week at StopTech,
to track test the new Nissan 350Z, authoring several installation manuals, and installing
StopTech kits on a Mercedes E55 and a
November 5 - 8, 2002
David Zeckhausen headed off to the
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) 2002 trade show in Las Vegas,
Nevada. The goal was to look for innovative products that might be a good
match to the target customer base as well as to touch base with other small
business owners. Most of all, it was fun!