About: Girodisc is a Braking Technology Company dedicated to developing the best quality high performance braking components and solutions. The company has been in business since 2003 and is guided under the direction of company Principal Martin Meade, who spent five years as an Engineer with Porsche Engineering Services, where he played a role in developing current Porsche technology.

Mission: Girodisc designs and engineers the replacement discs after documenting and studying the OE brake system and specifically the disc design. After analyzing the data and determining how best to maximize the benefit of the new disc, the design process is carried out using 3D CAD-CAE (Computer aided drafting, Computer aided engineering). Prototypes are constructed and tested with a vehicle. When the Girodisc team is satisfied that the disc will meet the goals established for the vehicle, it is produced in limited quantities and released for sale.

Putting lessons learned and the latest technologies together to develop the highest performance braking systems for your project, racing car, or road car is the mission of Girodisc.

HISTORY

  • Founded 2003 in Costa Mesa, CA 
  • Initial products were focused on Ferrari but quickly branched out to other markets
  • Moved to Bellingham, WA in 2007 First manufacturing equipment brought in-house late 2010
  • First dedicated, Girodisc designed rotor casting tooled and made in the USA 2012
  • Moved into new 17,000 square foot facility in 2019
  • Installation of new brake dynamometer 2019
EXPERTISE
Girodisc designs and manufactures some of the highest quality brake components on the market, specializing in direct replacement two-piece brake rotors. Our products are all engineered and machined in our facility in Bellingham, WA from strictly US sourced materials. We take quality seriously and that starts with using only the best raw materials.
The primary purpose of a Girodisc rotor is to increase the ventilation and cooling capacity of the brake disc while retaining it’s original dimensions. The secondary purpose is to reduce unsprung and overall vehicle weight. This is accomplished by using two-piece disc construction. Thirdly, Girodisc rotors are a full floating design giving the driver better pedal feel and modulation.  This gives more confidence and leads to lower lap times.
Any type of design aesthetic is possible with regard to hat geometry, color and rotor slot pattern.  
Girodisc does not recommend drilled discs for high performance applications.
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ETHICS & ENVIRONMENT
Girodisc is committed to creating a just and ethical work environment that is committed to innovation, quality, employee/customer safety and personal development.
All of our customer information are kept confidential, all of our private label customers stay private.
Girodisc Act with our employee’s interests in mind, keeping a workplace safe, providing living wages and benefits, annual reviews and honest interactions.  Zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.
We act with our customers interests in mind, balancing service, quality and price.  We give world class customer service both before and after the sale.
We Keep our impact on the environment as low as possible including - recycling all raw materials scrap and packaging.- Utilizing our 75kw solar array to offset energy usage in our manufacturing facility - Sourcing all raw materials from US suppliers because they have the strictest environmental regulations.
 
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Girodisc Rotor Construction

The primary purpose of the Girodisc system is to reduce unsprung and overall vehicle weight. The secondary purpose is to increase the ventilation and cooling capacity of the brake disc while retaining it's original dimensions. This is accomplished by using two-piece disc construction. The central “hat” section of the disc is made from 6061-T6 aircraft specification aluminum.

The disc is made from cast iron, to the same specification and material as used by professional racing organizations. It is a curved vane design, developed in racing to act as a centrifugal pump to force cooling air through the disc. The rotor and hat have a floating mount system, which utilizes  high strength alloy steel drive pins, manufactured by Girodisc to our own specifications and cadmium plated for a long lasting corrosion resistance. These pins take the load from braking actions while maintaining the axial and radial float between the hat and disc. The pins are secured by grade 12 cap screws with hardened washers. In order to keep the rotors from making noise when cold, the pins are mounted with anti-noise spring clips on the rotor side which allow the rotor to grow with heat expansion but eliminate the rattle and noise associated with floating rotors. This float also allows the rotor to self center between the pads.
 

Important Questions Answered

Q: What is required to install the Girodisc system?

A: The Girodisc system is a direct replacement for the OE disc.
No modifications are necessary. The disc will bolt directly to the car and work with OE calipers and pads perfectly. Once the Girodisc system is in place, simply replace the cast iron rotor when needed. Some discs are larger in diameter and come with caliper spacers. If longer bolts are required, they are also supplied.

Q: How does reducing weight of the braking system benefit the vehicle?
A: The Girodisc will generally weigh between 4 – 8 lbs less than the oe disc it will replace. This is due to the heavy cast iron hat section being replaced with lightweight, high strength aluminum. The mass of any vehicle requires energy to accelerate or decelerate. Reducing the vehicle mass improves acceleration, and requires less energy to be dissipated during deceleration. Rotating mass requires additional energy in order to increase or decrease its speed of rotation. Decreasing the mass of the disc has a great benefit due to reduction in rotational inertia. This will allow more of the braking force to be available to decelerate the vehicle, not the disc.
Additionally, the mass of the brake system is also unsprung mass. Reducing the unsprung mass has the additional benefit of improved suspension performance, resulting in enhanced ride and handling. Rotating masses require additional energy to vary the plane on which they turn. The lighter the disc, the quicker the response of the vehicle steering due to the reduction in gyroscopic effect/rotational inertia of the disc. As an example, compare the weight of the Ferrari 360 OE disc at 18.2 lbs, and the Girodisc at 14 lbs. The Girodisc is 4.2 lbs lighter per disc. Replacing all four discs will save 16.8 lbs of rotating, unsprung mass.

Q: Why slotted discs?
A: The edges of the slots continuously clean and refresh the pad surface. This will allow the pads to have a maximized friction surface always available. Additionally, they prevent containments from collecting between the pad and disc interface.
The disc is lightened, decreasing its rotational inertia.
Slots prevent the formation of a water film on the disc in wet weather, maintaining the best brake response.

A note on drilled discs:
Girodisc does not recommend drilled discs for high performance applications. The rapid heating and cooling cycles will cause cracking on the friction surface of a drilled disc. The use of high friction or racing pads will exaggerate this condition. Most pad manufacturers specifically recommend that their race pads not be used on a drilled disc for this reason. Girodisc can drill discs for an additional fee,  if the customer is aware of the potential hazards of drilling the discs.
Note as example the cracking in this OE Ferrari 550 drilled disc after one track day. Also note this custom front disc of a Porsche 993 Turbo after hard use.

 

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OE Ferrari 550 drilled disc showing cracks after one track event Drilled disc showing cracks after one weekend of hard track use

 

 

Q: Should new discs and pads be bedded in and if so, how?
A: The answer is yes, for optimum performance, any time different friction materials or discs are introduced, a bedding procedure should be carried out.

Q: Which direction should the discs rotate?
A: For maximum airflow and superior cooling, the Girodisc system uses curved vanes. For a curved vane internally vented disc, the geometry of the vanes dictates the direction of rotation. A curved vane disc must be installed with the vanes running back from the inside to outside diameters in the direction of rotation. Your discs will come with labels indicating their correct placement on the vehicle. Orienting the disc in this manner creates a centrifugal pump. The rotation of the disc causes air to be pumped from the center of the disc, through the vanes, and out through the outside diameter of the disc. This greatly enhances the disc’s ability to dissipate heat. Discs installed backwards have very limited cooling.

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