Are Big Brake Kits Worth It?
For all petrolheads out there, it’s all about pushing the pedal to the metal and going – Just a pure joy of motoring. To most of us, driving means freedom. It means having control over where you go and when you arrive and leave. But, there’s one essential part of the process that many forget about, stopping. Think about it, what would happen if you couldn’t stop your car?
The ability to brake safely is an important aspect of safe driving. The simplest definition of braking would be that a brake is a mechanical device that inhibits motion by absorbing energy from a moving system. It is used for slowing or stopping a moving vehicle.
The great Mario Andretti once said:
“It is amazing how many drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down.”
Think about it. That’s right, braking will make you faster.
Naturally, the main question pops: When should you upgrade your brakes for the ultimate performance?
As you approach a red light you hear that awful notorious squeal announcing to you and everyone around that the time has come to change the brakes. It’s all too easy to get caught up in how quickly a car can accelerate, but it’s brakes that bring you safely back home.
Consider it perfect timing for upgrading your brakes. Nothing shouts “performance” like a set of big brake calipers or upgraded brake discs behind your wheels. If you’re running a set of relatively open wheels, you get to enjoy the visuals as well as the stopping power. In the world of automotive enthusiasts, original equipment designs need to represent the best available compromises between performance, durability, cost, and weight. In the braking sector of the aftermarket, there are literally numerous companies supplying hundreds of products claiming to make our cars stop shorter. But from time to time a component upgrade can sometimes be a system downgrade. To avoid all those troubles, let’s talk brakes, in fact, let’s talk big brake kits.
And remember never to drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.