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Compound: PolyMatrix A

Pad Characteristics

  • Ultimate high friction pad with aggressive initial response
  • Immediate low temperature response
  • Medium-low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • High heat fade resistance

Pad Applications

  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: BP-40

Pad Characteristics

  • Very high friction pad with aggressive initial response
  • Immediate low temperature response
  • Low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • Predictable and linear response with excellent modulation
  • High heat fade resistance

Pad Applications

  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Iron
  • Super Alloy
  • Titanium

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: PolyMatrix H

Pad Characteristics

  • High friction pad with a smooth initial response
  • Medium low temperature response
  • Low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • (BP-30 sugested replacement)

Pad Applications

  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: BP-30

Pad Characteristics

  • High friction pad with medium initial response, rises with increased temperature
  • Medium low temperature response
  • Low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • Predictable and linear response with excellent modulation
  • Very high heat fade resistance

Pad Applications

  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Heavy duty pavement oval
  • Drag racing stainless
  • Sprint cars SAS
  • Titanium and Stainless
  • Club sport racers
  • Track cars with ABS
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Iron
  • Super Alloy
  • Titanium

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: PolyMatrix B

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium-high friction pad with good initial response
  • Good low temperature response
  • Medium-low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • High heat fade resistance

Pad Applications

  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: PolyMatrix C

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium to medium high friction compound with soft middle temperature response and a gradual rise to a flat torque curve as temperatures increase.
  • Long wear rate for severe duty, sustained high temperature braking .
  • Reduced friction alternative to B.

Pad Applications

  • Race ONLY compound commonly used to reduce bias against A, B, or H compounds when additional hydraulic adjustments are not available.
  • Use on any lightweight vehicle, including dirt applications, with high mechanical advantage brakes to prevent wheel lock-up in marginal traction conditions.

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: CM - Composite Metallic

Pad Characteristics

  • High friction pad with a smooth initial response
  • Low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • Formulation specific for use with stainless steel rotors
  • High heat fade resistance|(BP30 sugested replacement)

Pad Applications

  • Racing only - Not for street use
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Iron
  • Super Alloy
  • Titanium

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: PolyMatrix E

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium friction pad, medium effective temperature range in medium temperature pad group
  • Good initial bite, smooth engagement, low abrasion on iron rotors
  • Medium wear rate at high temperature
  • Consistent, linear response through temperature range

Pad Applications

  • Street use okay
  • Performance street
  • Autocross
  • Track day
  • Low temp drag racing with steel rotors
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: BP-10

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium friction pad
  • Smooth engagement, low abrasion on iron rotors
  • Low to medium wear rate at low temperatures
  • Low dust and noise
  • High performance street compound with improved friction, lower wear and lower dust levels than standard replacement pads

Pad Applications

  • Street use okay
  • Street
  • Muscle cars
  • Drag race
  • Light to medium braking on dirt including late models and modified
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
NSF Int’l LeafMark certified friction formulation.Compliant with SAE J661 industry standards.

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: BP-20

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium friction pad, highest effective temperature range in medium temperature pad group
  • Smooth engagement, friction rises with increased temperature
  • Medium wear rate at high temperature
  • High performance street and track compound with increased friction and a wider temperature range over BP-10
  • Baseline pad for track oriented street cars

Pad Applications

  • Street use okay
  • Street
  • Autocross
  • Track day
  • Drag race
  • Medium braking dirt and pavement race
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
NSF Int’l LeafMark certified friction formulation.Compliant with SAE J661 industry standards.

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: PolyMatrix Q

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium friction pad with a smooth initial response
  • Low wear rate at low temperatures
  • Excellent pad for aluminum rotors in racing, low rotor wear and good feel
  • High performance ceramic based formula
  • Lowest dust and noise

Pad Applications

  • Street use okay
  • Custom show cars
  • Street rods
  • Muscle cars
  • Race cars with aluminum rotors
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
  • Aluminum

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: Purple

Pad Characteristics

  • Composite metallic compound for high temperature durability on titanium and other low conductive alloy rotors.
  • Long wear rates and high fade resistance in sustained heat.
  • Baseline for inboard sprint brakes with titanium or stainless rotors.

Pad Applications

  • Sprint cars with aluminum rotors.

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: PM - ProMatrix

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium friction pad, high effective temperature range in medium temperature pad group
  • Smooth engagement, friction rises with increased temperature
  • Medium wear rate at high temperature
  • High performance street and track compound with increased friction and a wider temperature range over BP-10
  • Quiet running with lowered dust than OE compounds

Pad Applications

  • Street use okay
  • Street
  • Autocross
  • Track day
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
NSF Int’l LeafMark certified friction formulation.Compliant with SAE J661 industry standards.

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: PCM

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium to medium high friction compound .

Pad Applications

  • High performance street / strip, drag race, and track day categories using vented Carbon-Ceramic rotors.

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.

Compound: Sintered Metallic

Pad Characteristics

  • Medium friction pad, high effective temperature range in medium temperature pad group
  • Smooth engagement, friction rises with increased temperature
  • Medium wear rate at high temperature
  • Formulation for Power Sports and Industrial applications

Pad Applications

  • Street use okay
  • UTV
  • ATV
  • Kart
  • Small vehical usage
  • Industrial applications
Rotor Material
  • Steel

The above friction data (μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F. This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads. Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


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