I took my F430 with steel brakes to a one day HPDE event at Sebring Raceway and was very disappointed with the brakes. My normal track car is a Carrera S and the OEM brakes on it are far superior. I normally change my own brake fluid and use Castrol SRF. I was on a tight schedule so I had the dealer change the fluid the day before the event. My front pads were virtually new and my rear pads had just over 50% life to them.
I experienced a significant amount of brake fade and by the end of the day had a softer pedal. A few days later I removed the wheels and checked the pads. The front pads were over 50% used and the rear pads now need replacement. I bled the brakes and sure enough there was air in the lines. All of that from a single day and it wasn't even heavy duty racing.
I'd like to use the car for an occasional HPDE event, but doubt I will unless I can do something about the brakes. Is there any reason why I can't upgrade the brake fluid to one with a higher boiling point than whatever the dealers use? Are there different pads that I can use with the stock rotors and calipers that would perform better even if I have to change from street pads before an event?
I'd appreciate any thoughts particularly from anyone who uses their car for HPDE events.
2006 F430 Spyder, 2011 Carrera S & 2006 BMW M3
Member FCA Florida, Suncoast PCA & BMWCCA