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Hitting the dirt oval with a fleet of seven vintage thumpers
Behind the scenes: building a NASA Championship-winning C5 Corvette
Preparing the Gen.7 racecar for an entire day and night at one of the world's ultimate road courses
Shave 25 unsprung lbs. from the nose of your Z!
Refresh and fortify your Z for the track with championship-winning brake technology!
Enjoy track time without the maintenance and worries of vehicle ownership.
Shaves 20 lbs. from the nose and fits inside 18" wheels
A dose of Porsche GT car goodness to help fight the winter blues
Passing the torch to a 2nd generation of Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ enthusiasts
Is this AP/Essex-equipped R34 GT-R ahead of the curve?
Nearly 10 years after its introduction, our CP5060/5040 kit is still the carrot to chase.
Previously reserved for professional racing, available now for your car!
Reviving and improving a neglected E90 M3
Painless pad swaps, superior wheel fitment, and extremely lightweight!
"It's a set-and-forget proposition that has inspired big confidence in my ability to set corner entry speeds."
Larger 4.0 Motor = Needs Larger Brakes!
From the factory racecar to your car
"To sum it all up, I'm so grateful for the brake kit and I yell about it on a hill top to other M2C owners."
"I won my regional SCCA STX class with this brake kit, and have won every NASA time trial I've been able to drive in this year."
BRZ owner gets a taste of AP's legendary durability.
"It's consistent lap after lap and inspires the requisite confidence to deepen the brake zones..."
AP Racing, Essex, Ferodo, and APEX: a winning combination!
Spending time with our loyal clients.
"For my entire racing career I've only used Essex."
"Consistent, no fade, no pulsing."
"I can go deeper, and deeper, and deeper into each turn"
"It was worth every dollar I spent knowing I will never have to trust my life on a sub-optimal braking system."
"When I had switched to the Essex brakes it changed everything!"
"No mod I've ever done to any of my builds has ever given such a dramatic positive impact on performance."
This is your fantasy run up your favorite mountain road, with no threat of jail time!
After some extensive upgrades, JDP Motorsports puts their Corvette C7 nicknamed "Bernice" back in victory lane!
Porsche hunting with AP Racing by Essex Brakes
Did we get them into or out of a bind? You decide.
A great first step towards greater braking confidence.
Expanded Audi coverage for the 'does everything well' DS2500!
"Going from the stock front brakes to the Essex Radi-CAL Competition Brake Kit was night and day difference."
Stop your Jeep like a sportscar!
Better brakes for GM's elegant version of a sledgehammer
"After 6 years of very hard dusty and muddy use, any “concerns” about the lack of rubber dust seals in the calipers have proven completely unfounded."
Join our Facebook Owner's Club for an exclusive chance to win free gear!
"These brakes inspire loads of confidence in the pedal!"
"The rotors have lasted so long that I don’t remember when I bought them."
"I was impressed from mile one."
Lots of work with very few people!
Some time visiting with our Florida Porsche clients.
Grabs a Top 10 at One Lap of America Race 2021 in the process.
AP Racing Radi-CALs, J Hooks, and pedal boxes are now standard for the entire Cup field.
A collective sigh of contentment from our Porsche brake kit clients.
"I swapped out PCCB on my GT4 with the AP BBK set and I have significantly more brake feel and modulation, which has helped trail braking tremendously."
Hint: Stock brakes won't cut it.
Which kit is your best fit?
Which AP Racing by Essex Brake Kit fits on your car?
Which CP8350 brake kit is right for you?
AP by Essex Brakes coming out of hibernation and spotted in the wild.
One of these three pad compounds has you covered!
"I have much more confidence that the AP brakes will stop my car at whatever speed."
The next Wave of disc vane technology
"The AP Racing Kit has afforded us the confidence to really use the car to its potential..."
Helping owners climb the podium for years on end.
Another week, another podium on the DS3.12.
Built by GSpeed and AP Racing-equipped
Jalopnik examines this crucial system as run by Vasser Sullivan Racing
Leveraging race experience to create a superior road brake system
A deep-dive into the tech behind the results.
All the goodies required to make the GT4 a track terror
How to blow your rear diff on the first lap of qualifying and still claim a championship!
"I can run the same pads, rotors and fluid an entire year (8-9 days) at Road America without any type of issue. Ever."
Sonic_M2c closes out the season in proper form.
Victory at at Daytona in NASA ST2!
Fast-lap video included!
Podium finishes in Italian GT, DTM Trophy, GT World and GT4.
A Street Class victory in Ohio and a second in Wisconsin.
The critical disc dimensions required for a clean swap
Another dominant performance, this time in a GR Supra.
"It's necessary to have peace of mind when it comes to brakes- knowing they will be there every time."
"There is no pucker factor when going from 130mph down to 40mph, and the brakes just get the job done, again and again."
Helping tame one of the hardest braking tracks in America
"...you have a customer for life."
Checking in with friends and customers
"The New AP calipers and the bedded rotors have works flawlessly every step of the way."
A shocking victory and FTD!
"Entering braking zones at 135-145 mph with full confidence..."
Another AP Racing-equipped Corvette collecting the spoils, this time in NASA ST2.
The fastest a GT3 has gone on street tires.
"Find the brakes absolutely top notch!
Far better than our cup car!" - Ben
"I can brake deeper and never have a concern about stopping ability or fade."
AP Racing brakes stretch their legs on some serious track weapons.
AP Racing brakes help deliver birthday gold.
Which AP Racing by Essex Kit is right for my car?
"The Essex/AP brakes gave me the ability to brake much deeper than the cars around me, helping me take that win." -Paul Costas
Brake dust, wine, and racing at the legendary Circuit Paul Ricard!
"I managed to improve my best time by 3 seconds on a short track"
"Going fast is fun/optional, stopping is mandatory."
"The craftsmanship is superb, and only bettered by the customer service"
"Heat, brake fade, pedal consistency were never an issue."
Justin Oakes takes the Trans AM SGT win in style at Laguna Seca.
The DS3.12 continues to prove its mettle in competition.
A modern take on the classic Fuchs style
That depends on how you plan to use them!
"Actually freaked out the instructor!"
Smoking the competition by a whopping four seconds!
"Consistent all weekend zero issues. Braking from 155mph + perfect every time."
Hold onto your seat...scary fast!
M2C owner Farkle0079 carefully walks us through the install process.
Essex Parts and AP Racing!
Removing the OEM carbon ceramic brakes is the next step towards track domination.
Paul Costas comes from last place to take the win...must watch!
The world's fastest cars require the world's best brakes.
APR's Porsche calibration lead offers a brake review after doubling his horsepower!
"The AP Racing brake upgrade is being fitted to around fifty per cent of new Atom 4s and is one of our most frequently ticked options." -Tom Siebert, Managing Director at Ariel Motor Company
You need a complete solution, not just parts.
Before you grab that dryer hose, please read!
"I will tell anyone who listens about this setup. Incredible."
"My second track car with AP Racing Brakes and I couldn’t be happier."
Squeezing the most from the AP Radi-CAL
Do it once, and do it right!
Out of an 86 and into a GR Supra
"I could not be happier with the setup."
Two BMW CCA class wins and two poles at COTA
Ferodo-equipped racers continue to climb the podium
Watch the entire race from the in-car camera!
A feature in Race Tech Magazine, along with several race wins.
"I can't say enough good things about the kit on the car."
“They didn't show any signs of giving up!”
"I am happy to report new personal best times at all three tracks that I've visited this year."
"They shortened my brake zones significantly and by the end of the 1st day I has shed almost 2 seconds off my lap times."
I’ve owned several BBK’s, and driven hundreds of cars, and none of them had brakes that felt this good.
"I have no worry about quick/easy pad changes and broken ceramic pucks anymore."
Yes, no, maybe so?
AP for the win.
The best brakes can be a revelation.
Building better racecars starts with better builders!
"Most people don’t realize what a limiting factor the stock brakes are until they try something better."
AP Racing returns to winning ways in 2020.
Friends don't let friends track OEM pads!
A visual tour of AP Racing's latest adjustable pedal box
AP Racing J Hooks are resetting expectations about disc life.
Get your brakes, and something to cover them, all from one source.
A mid-engine icon vs. the latest and greatest
Less weight/superior brakes= more speed
This new system checks all the boxes for the ND enthusiast seeking a lightweight yet stout brake solution
Check out these incredible fresh installs.
The best road/track hybrid pad available today
We can also stop you when you're going in a straight line.
Interpreting a dyno plot and real world results.
"Knowing the brakes were going to give me a consistently repeatable result was invaluable."
Two Competition Kits, and one for the road!
$25,000 in prize money!
A controversial pass in an SCCA race, followed by a lot of smack-talking.
Congrats David Farmer!
For those seeking performance on the track AND the road
What do you really need out of your brake fluid?
For the E90, E92, E93 M3, F80, F82, M3/M4, F87 M2, & 1M
Congrats on the record breaking year.
"Everything I could have asked for."
Miles per dollar is a crucial metric!
AP Radi-CAL equipped!
"I credit the brakes for helping me feel more confident in the car."
Setting a track record in the process.
Twelve races and only one pad change.
Consistent & fade-free, with outstanding modulation
The Radi-CAL seals the top two spots
Our CP8350 brake kit is small but mighty.
A productive week for AP and Essex!
1, 3, 4 and 5 for AP Racing
Nascar's Kevin Harvick takes it home.
Congrats to TAPG Motorsports on an outstanding 2019 season!
Dropping lap times, and 45 lbs. of unsprung weight!
A compilation of AP Racing-equipped Corvette success stories
Where classic and modern collide
Essex now the exclusive supplier of HITCO carbon in North America
A Radi-CAL solution to one of Europe's toughest circuits
Ferodo DSUNO for the win.
BMWs, Corvettes, and Porsches, oh my!
AP Racing-equipped cars prepare to do battle
Congrats to Paul Costas and Team GSpeed.
Longer lasting, but shorter lap times.
30 minutes straight defending his lead!
AP-equipped to handle the speed!
Driving brake and clutch technology into the future
'I cannot say enough good things about this kit."
Shaving time & weight
Visiting customers at their playground.
Essex restores confidence after an OEM brake failure.
Hanging around cool cars with cool brakes!
Another weekend, another win.
As easy as 1, 2, 3
Road & Competition Brake Kits available for pre-order soon
"With high speed comes an even greater need for performance braking"
Congratulations, again, Stewart-Haas Racing!
A peek behind the curtain
Some drool-worthy client rides for your viewing pleasure!
"Go right to AP Racing immediately and don't look back."
Mingling on-track with our customers & friends
"Just looking at the parts you can clearly see the difference in quality."
Another assist for the Radi-CAL
Another Win on AP Racing.
Mingling on-track with our customers/friends
First place with a 1:45 lap time!
"I give Essex and their kit a 10/10!"
Deeper into braking zones & confidence all around the track
Brakes were incredible compared to what we used last year!
Looks, durability, and control.
A large increase in airflow, cooling capacity, & durability!
Bringing home the win with the Essex/AP Radi-CAL brake kit
The AP Radi-CAL on the podium again
Before I switched to AP, I was bleeding brakes twice a day and cracking the OEM rotors regularly
A handy part number guide to help us help you!
2-piece assemblies, spare iron, front and rear...we have 'em.
"The brakes were not an issue as they have been in the past!"
AP Racing brakes help secure the million dollar purse!
"Absolutely awesome, light years better than the stock brake pads."
"Wouldn't feel comfortable pushing this car if I hadn't upgraded to your brakes."
An exuberant response after nearly 500 hard laps at Sebring.
Four customers competed in the One Lap of America, including the winner.
"5 Years & 50,000+ Blissful Miles" on one set of discs!
Pics and video inside.
Braking Godzilla confidently from 186 mph at Daytona.
Save money, go faster!
Confidence, no fade, and easy pad changes.
"I can now focus on my driving and having fun."
And he's not looking back!
Goodbye PCCB, hello AP Racing Iron
Another NASA podium for AP's Pro5000R Radi-CAL
"The Essex kit reduced the cost of brake consumables by 50%."
"These completely outperform BMW M brakes in every single way."
How to squeeze the most out of your track pads!
Kudos on another win for Team Penske
Three bad@ss Vettes, one bad@ass brake kit.
"Added confidence and extended sessions, continuing to maximize my dollars"
Achtung, automotive symphony inside!
"My most valuable car modification, even considering the cost, has been adding the AP Racing brakes."
"The Sprint Kit was a game changer"
All your brake are belong to us.
If you ain't first, you're last!
"I didn't have to change the rotors for 25 track days!"
"I realized these brakes would take anything I threw at them."
"It just works, works again, and again, and again."
Supporting all levels of motorsport since 1981!
Making all the difference, one brake zone at a time.
"Nothing has ever instilled more confidence in my driving than this brake kit."
Add lightness and let your M dance.
The ultimate functional jewelry on some rare beauties.
Another weekend, another championship.
Another title in the bag for the fastest Vettes on the planet!
The Radi-CAL continues to dominate at the upper-echelon of motorsports.
Another Radi-CAL week in Vegas.
"I’ve had Brembo BBKs in my last 3 M3’s. I’m not going back."
Which brake products will help me most?
A strong showing for the Radi-CAL
Surpassing Expectations One Customer at Time
A damp track only enhances the fun!
An entire second attributed to the brakes!
Putting the icing on a nearly perfect cake.
No fade, no fuss, faster lap times.
"I have to sincerely give this win to the AP Racing team as late braking was the key to the win."
AP Radi-CAL tucked behind Signature Wheel= Good Stuff
was one of the best modifications I have done to the car!"
"You have brakes for days."
His first "Cheater Parts" on the car
Good news...you win regardless!
"Simply put this setup performed perfectly."
Serious cars with serious AP Racing brakes!
Ever wonder what a Swedish AutoX looks like?
Shedding mph for the hopelessly speed-addicted.
Reeling in the competition under braking!
Personal best lap with the Radi-CAL.
Use them, abuse them, but just don't throw them away!
The Radi-CAL helps haul the mail.
Our first AP BBK for the Corvette still gets it done.
Bite, modulation, and confidence.
Even the Energizer Bunny would be envious.
"Two words: Damn good."
You can only make a first impression once.
Porsche owners are finally getting the good stuff!
Happy stopping all day from 150 mph.
Why the biggest names in motorsport trust Essex for brake solutions and advice.
Your dream track day car comes to life.
New technology brings new benefits!
Greater durability, far lower cost, flexible upgrade path.
They'll absorb anything you throw at them and ask for more!
And you thought they were just for the tarmac...
That's a whole lot of win.
Two races, two podiums...Not too shabby!
Mikey likes it!
Another week, another record assist for AP Racing.
The AP Racing Radi-CAL works better, lasts longer, and saves money!
What goes fast, must slow down.
Second Place Unlimited RWD Class at Buttonwillow!
The Corvette Daytona Prototypes add another chapter to the AP Racing Radi-CAL's legendary performance.
A thorough review after a year with our brake system.
Only the best for the best.
One, two, three, the Radi-CAL takes the lead.
It's time to put your bib on!
Mercedes DTM cars have been rocking AP Racing brakes for 30 years!
Can the Type RA NBR Special be stopped?
The 2018 M4 GT4 revealed wearing AP Racing Radi-CAL's.
Tight racing towards a second place in NASA ST2.
His BBK will pay for itself in no time!
A smoky, redline-bouncing good time!
The perfect way to shave nearly 20 unsprung lbs.!
Bringing yet another NASCAR Cup weekend to a halt in style.
A great start in the new World Challenge SprintX Class.
Ferodo DSUNO pads help carry the weekend.
14 Wins, 25 Podiums, 0 Caliper rebuilds!
Wins in NASCAR Cup, IMSA, and World Challenge!
Only the finest adorn this incredible, lightweight beauty.
It's been a long wait, but your front brakes don't have to be lonely anymore.
The AP Radi-CAL takes 4 of the top 5 positions at Martinsville.
The best dual-purpose Miata street/track pad on the market.
Eight of the top twelve finishers also on AP Racing.
Strong finishes for all three team cars.
Withstanding the heat at Sebring and Phoenix.
Straight from the factory racecars to your car.
Numerous other wins round out a huge circle track weekend for AP/Essex
Worthy stoppers for Nissan's R35 GT-R
AP Racing = built to last.
Clear track ahead.
Porsche's ultimate 911 racecar putting the best to the test.
Take a peek behind the wheels and see them in action.
Another AP Racing Tribe Surfaces.
How else do you drop 33 unsprung lbs. from the nose?!?
Essex and AP Racing contributed along the way.
Off-the-shelf Essex BBK's help get it done again.
When you're going that fast, it's either a parachute or AP Racing.
Yes, that road in the pic is the track!
AP's Radi-CAL helps take yet another top prize.
The baddest Corvettes on the planet choose AP Racing.
Chasing Ferrari, Porsche, GT-R!
AP Racing-equipped cars take positions 1,4, & 5.
Exercising our brake kit among the beatiful pines.
AP Racing and fast GT-R's are like peanut butter and jelly.
This is why we love Monday mornings.
AP Racing CP8350 and J Hook's get it done again.
Easy install, long pad life, rock-solid performance.
Far less weight, superior cooling, incredibly durable
Lighter, stronger, faster.
Not surprised, but we have your solution!
Eliminates OEM hard lines to calipers for easy pad and disc swap!
Superior performance all around vs. the OEM CCM Z07 brakes
Predictable, repeatable performance at one of America's toughest braking tracks
How to make a tall guy short without chopping off his feet!
Skip the Carbon Ceramic option and get the real deal.
When it's time to replace them of course.
No more wimpy stock brakes.
CL's RC6 compound in action
We fix a weakness of a classic track car
You better put some brakes on that bad boy!
Flawless performance while saving money...a great combo!
The proper brakes can help you climb the ladder.
Putting Ferodo DS1.11 and AP Racing discs to the test
Over 2 years and 30+ track events from first set of discs!
A very fast track that requires serious brakes.
Fast, demanding F1 circuits require the ultimate brake package.
A stunning start to the 2016 season, cool video inside!
Fade-free brakes and some nice driving = fast!
Ferodo DSUNO pads get the job done under hours of intense pressure.
Friends don't let friends run OEM brakes on the track.
Going behind the scenes of NASCAR's important players
A long-time customer moves from a smaller AP front kit to a larger four wheel kit. Happiness ensues.
Go fast, save money, and win trophies for looking good.
Customer impressions after 12 track days included.
Triple the pad life and an entire season+ on first set of discs.
Faster than a Porsche 918 Spyder!
"A Bulletproof Design"
"Why didn't I do this sooner?"
Big power requires big brakes!
AP Racing Radi-CAL brakes of course.
Another 15 year track veteran impressed by AP Racing.
Owner drops seconds from his personal best with our Essex/AP Racing BBK!
Lower costs, superior performance, and a happy customer!
Shane van Gisbergen (the driver) has a large brass pair.
Some nice feedback on our Essex Designed AP Racing BBK.
Looking good, now we move into production!
Yes, he likes 'em!
A late race pass on a Porsche, and a 20 minute dogfight ensues
What happens when you lose your brakes at 140 mph? You vow to never let it happen again...
We're hard at work prepping pro race teams for the spring season.
When repeatedly braking from 160mph to 40mph...you're going to want some good discs!
Not even an oil fire can keep these guys down!
Sometimes doing the job right the first time is the only logical answer!
This enthusiast now spends about 1/4 of the money on brakes that he previously did on OEM equipment.
After switching to our BBK, one S2000 owner got five times the pad life vs. running the same compound in his OEM calipers!
After finding out last week that one of our new Pro5000R kits carried a customer to the NASA ST-2 title, we just got word from another customer that our standard Endurance BBK, captured the NASA TT-2 title!
Jealous of your Corvette friends' AP Racing brakes? Now you can have them too.
Once again, AP's newest calipers score a victory in their debut race!
Find out how AP's cutting edge caliper technology is changing racing, and can change your car.
Brake kit review inside!
It's not just about performance...
Which one is best for you?
We are our own guinea pigs!
Owner reviews of CL Brakes sintered racing pads.
Learn about what makes CL Brakes a little bit different from the ordinary.