Essex primarily focuses on Four of Ferodo Racing’s current compounds for the North American Market:
Released in a limited number of shapes for 2019, the DS3.12 is the latest evolution in Ferodo’s incredible DS line. Every new sports car today has more of everything: More horsepower, more aero, a higher curb weight, and stickier tires.These attributes all place greater demands on the vehicle’s brake system.The Ferodo DS3.12 is the modern pad compound designed from the start to explicitly to handle those demands. The Ferodo Racing DS3.12 pad compound is proving to be a tremendous asset for our Porsche clients participating in club racing, HPDE, and time trials. The DS3.12 shows the flattest torque curve across the broadest temperature range we’ve ever tested. That means your brake pedal is going to feel exactly the same heading into every turn of every lap, providing tremendous consistency and repeatability. The DS3.12 has a higher mu than Ferodo’s other compounds, so not as much leg pressure is required to initiate the desired response. It is also unfadable, showing no drop in performance at any temp your brakes will ever see. In dyno testing, the DS3.12 has shown superior wear rates to the other Ferodo compounds, while remaining kind to the discs. We believe the DS3.12 will become the gold standard to which other race compounds will be compared.
Although we always recommend using a dedicated race pad for the track, the DS2500 is one of the best hybrid street/track pads on the market. It features the moderately high bite and solid fade resistance of a track pad, with the relatively low dust and noise levels of a street pad. When used as a street pad, it can produce some squeal on certain vehicle platforms. During aggressive driving the DS2500 is known for its flat torque curve, which means as temperatures go up, the response through the brake pedal remains consistent. If you drive aggressively on the street, do some canyon runs, autoX, and maybe some light track duty on street tires, the DS2500 is tough to beat.
When used on high HP, heavier cars (2,800 lbs+) on the track with race tires, pad wear rates tend to be higher than on Ferodo Racing’s other pad compounds. Under those conditions, Essex would recommend the Ferodo DS1.11 or DSUNO
The DS1.11 is one of Ferodo Racing’s latest endurance race pad offerings. It has slightly less bite at high temps. vs their older DS3000, but doesn’t decompose nearly as quickly under extended heavy use on the track. The DS1.11 is known for its extremely flat torque curve, which means that as temperatures go up, the response through the brake pedal remains consistent. The DS1.11 can be thrashed all day without having it burn up or fade, it’s easy on discs, and doesn’t have many of the judder or vibration issues that competing products have. If you want an extremely solid, all around race pad that will perform well and last a long time, the DS1.11 is the perfect choice.
Ferodo Racing has made great strides in pad development over the past few years, and DSUNO is their latest offering. For our customers who enjoy the performance of the DS1.11, but just want a little more bite, we recommend the DSUNO. It doesn’t wear quite as long as the DS1.11, but it does offer a higher overall mu once it reaches track temperatures.