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CENTRIC PARTS EARNS U.S. PATENT FOR STOPTECH ULTRA PERFORMANCE AEROHAT™
Los Angeles (November 4, 2008) - Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for everyday cars, performance duty vehicles and ultra performance vehicles, has been issued a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for the revolutionary AeroHat™, created by StopTech, the ultra performance division of Centric. The AeroHat induces air to flow between the rotor and the hat to improve cooling of the outer face of the rotor. Billet aluminum AeroHats are included in all StopTech Big Brake Kits with multi-piece rotors and in all AeroRotor Direct Replacement Kits.
The StopTech AeroHat has directional standoffs on the rotor mounting surface, unique to the industry and now protected by U.S. Patent #7380645 B1, which increases airflow to the outside face of the rotor by 50 to 100 percent, adding up to 4 percent to the total brake system cooling airflow. Increased airflow reduces the temperature difference between the inside and outside faces of the rotor, reducing outer pad wear as well as rotor coning distortion. Overall system performance is improved compared to competitive multipiece rotor mounting hat designs. When the AeroHat is combined with StopTech's patented AeroRotor, the entire brake system airflow is improved by up to 11 percent compared to typical racing brake rotor designs, and as much as 80 percent compared to some original equipment rotor designs.
"The AeroHat and AeroRotor were developed by StopTech for driving enthusiasts looking to get the most out of their braking systems in performance situations both on and off the track," stated Dan Lelchuk, President of Centric Parts. The AeroHat represents the fifth patent awarded to Centric Parts, which has been innovating brake technology since 2000 and has become the brake system of choice for championship-winning teams in racing series such as the KONI Challenge and the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge.
Centric Parts (www.centricparts.comfocuses on entry level brake upgrade solutions and pioneered direct fit performance rotors for trucks, SUVs and severe duty vehicles.) continually innovates improvements to brake technology for the street and track, delivering products that provide superior performance, quality and value. Centric Parts offerings include Posi Quiet premium Metallic, Ceramic and Extended Wear formulas, an OE product line, plus Axxis and C-TEK standard grade materials. StopTech (www.stoptech.com), Centric's ultra performance division, is a leading innovator of world class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. Power Slot (www.powerslot.com), Centric's performance division,