The next brake rotor design we are going to look at is what we call a dual-plane or a vented rotor.
Now, this rotor has two separate sides with a slot between them that has angled vents, so as it rotates, airflow can cool the rotor much more efficiently. This provides a much thicker rotor than your standard single-plane and allows the use of significantly different calipers and pad materials, as this brake rotor can dissipate heat significantly better than your standard single-plane rotor.
This brake rotor itself is designed for a much heavier vehicle, say a German-made sedan that weighs may 3,500 to 4,500 pounds if not more, whereas your basic single-plane rotor can only handle about a 3,000 to a 3,500-pound car at most before the brakes themselves will simply overheat. From a mass perspective, we can physically see the size disparity between the two. One is obviously of larger diameter. At the same time, while this rotor weighs maybe 8 to 10 pounds, this rotor weighs almost 25 pounds, so that it can disperse that heat as best as possible.
This is designed for long-duration braking and lots of time at high speed, like Autobahn use, whereas the slightly more cost-effective, lighter-weight versions are truly designed for city commuter-car usage. When people tell you that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” and they want their German SUV or their German performance vehicle because it was designed for the Autobahn, this is part of what they mean.
These brakes are in service on almost every vehicle sold in North America at this point. We have the technology to service these in every way, shape, or form, for all makes and model of vehicles, whether it be a Dodge Neon or a Chevy Cavalier, or your high-end Audi, BMW, Mercedes, or the like.
We have the technology so that we can communicate with all of the computer systems in your vehicle as well so that after any brake services are performed, all of your lights will be reset, your computers will be happy, and we’ll give you your indications for when your next service will be. At the same time, always remember we offer free brake inspections every day. Please feel free to give us a call or stop by at any time. We can be reached at 303-919-7769.