One of the most neglected parts on an upgraded car is the brake system. People have a taste for a more powerful car but end up not improving the braking system. This means that you can't stop quickly enough for the power of your car and could be involved in a serious accident which is the last thing anyone wants. Upgrade your brakes for better stopping power and peace of mind.
Why do big brake kits and brake upgrades work?
Firstly they are designed for your inner racer. Standard brakes are often designed for the average road-goer only certain cars have fully developed big brake kits like the Nissan R35 GTR or the Subaru Impreza Sti. These cars are far between so for everyone modifying their cars to over 300 or 400HP your standard car brakes will not be able to withstand the stopping power you require on a constant basis and will either fade very quickly or break because of too much heat!
Secondly, after market brakes are larger in size and diameter. This means a greater surface area for the brake pads to make contact with the brake discs which in turn means that the car brakes quicker. To ensure that the brake pad makes solid contact with the brake disc after market big brake kits have larger callipers with more pistons. These pistons ensure even pressure between disc and pad and can apply more pressure than standard brakes.
Thirdly, big brake kits have upgraded hardware meaning your brake lines and fittings are all steel braided. Standard brakes have rubber brake lines which can compress under harsh braking creating a crimp reducing the pressure of the brake fluid and the pad on the disc. Rubber lines can also swell, reducing the pressure and do not protect against nicks and tears from road debris. Steel braided lines don't compress and keep a constant pressure for the pad on the disc. New technologies such as kevlar and teflon add strength, durability and performance but come at a significant price increase.
New technology is constantly coming out with vented and drilled discs as well as vented pads, cooling the brakes quicker for constant brake applications and reducing warping on the pads or discs. New materials for the pads and discs are constantly coming out reducing wear and heat but improving the friction surface. Examples are carbon-ceramic brakes.
When buying and upgrading brakes you should consider what it is you want from your car. Are you simply driving from A to B without braking hard often? Do you drive spiritedly on occasion? Do you drive and brake hard often and take your car to the track once every couple of months? Or is your car often on the race track and driven hard constantly?
These are the questions you need to ask yourself when upgrading your brakes and this is where we are here to help. Contact us and Project Shift will be glad to help you with any queries about your brake upgrade.