PRODUCT GUIDE: Dixcel brakes for classic Japanese cars

Established in 2003, Osaka’s Dixcel Brakes is a relative newcomer to the tuning scene but quickly established themselves in SuperGT and other Asian racing series. However, with their new line of kyusha-oriented brake components they’re targeting owners who want stronger stopping power without changing the look of their nostalgic cars. 

Dixcel says in recent years it has been receiving an increasing number of requests about braking components for older cars. As a result, the company has been collecting data on even rare models, so that it can produce brakes with modern technology but sized for kyusha.

To illustrate the type of cars it’s developing parts for, Dixcel brought to the Tokyo Auto Salon a 1975 Toyota Celica Liftback painted as a homage to the TMSC racing scheme of the era. Mimicking the old katakana Toyota logo is the word “Dixcel.” Under the gunmetal RS-Watanabe wheels are the company’s slotted SD rotors and Extra Speed pads.

All together, the set costs ¥35,000. Dixcel also has Street Sports pads that it says they were developed for customers who mainly drive on the street but may go to the circuit a couple of times a year and can withstand rotor temperatures from 0 to 700° C. The company says that just based on the way materials have evolved, braking performance is greatly improved even if sizes stay in small diameter for fitment of older wheels.

While consumable items like stock replacement pads and shoes can be easily made to fit a number of makes and models, the production costs for performance rotors are more expensive. Nevertheless, Dixcel has gone through the trouble of developing rotors for even rare cars like the Toyota 2000GT. At ¥38,000 a pair, they’re a relative bargain, especially considering only 200 sets were produced.

On top of it all, Dixcel’s kyusha brake rotors come with a 20,000 km (approximately 12,500 miles) warranty with no time limit. That makes them ideal for classic car owners who don’t rack up a lot of miles on a daily basis. It’s a thoughtfully designed and marketed product, and we hope more companies find a way to make financially viable parts for the nostalgic car aftermarket.


In case you missed it, more 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon can be found with spotlights on the Endless Hino Contessa, Alaska-to-Chile Toyota Land CruiserToyota’s Gazoo Racing booth, the TOM’s KP47 StarletBanzai Sports Sunny Truck, Nissan and Mitsubishi’s boothscars of woman-run tuning shop L-TideYokohama’s reproduction tires for kyushaLiberty Walk’s Advan-livery Hakosuka, Honda’s retro-inspired hatchback, a Daihatsu Charade De TomasoSubaru Rally Legends, and RE-Amemiya’s Cosmo Sport.

Shota Mori is a photographer whose work can be found at @pgm_works and @pgmworks_official.

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6 Responses to PRODUCT GUIDE: Dixcel brakes for classic Japanese cars

  1. Yeah my set of dixcel disks for the “sports Option” sumitomo MK63 Brakes for my S30 Z is on the ways from Japan and should arrive here within the next days

    Allthough i have to say they have been producing many of the parts (At least for the Fairlady Z’s) in collaboration with speciality Shops which have been selling them for a long while already. So not all of these parts are really new.
    Still cool though that they push it more now and seem to extend their lineup for classics!

  2. Jason Ward says:

    I haven’t looked yet, but going to guess there isn’t a lot for ’70s Mitsubishis 🙁

  3. They’ve even got kits for the Honda Today! Woohoo!

    You wouldn’t think that a car with only 31 horsepower would need much in the way of brakes, but ours could sure use some help.

  4. Mark Newton-John says:

    What?!? The katagana says tomeru, not Dixcel. Tomeru means stop, which is fitting for a brake company.

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