Why install more efficient brakes?

There is a thesis that states that true car tuning with increased engine power should start with the braking system. Do you think it was invented by some coward? No, friends, such theses are invented at the cost of smashed bodies, injuries, and frayed nerves. Today we will show you how to avoid all of this, and with a margin of safety. A very good margin.

Let’s delve a little deeper into the essence of the problem. The performance of the braking system is not just about the ability (or inability) to lock the wheels at speed. Standard brake discs and mechanisms, even with good brake pads, can often cope with that. It is much more difficult to avoid brake overheating, so that they do not fail to stop the car after 2-3 intense braking maneuvers, while still maintaining responsiveness and the ability to modulate braking force. Especially if you have significantly increased the diameter of the disc and the width of the tire, as well as the engine power. Well, or if you simply decided to go to the racetrack.

The key to effective braking lies in calipers with a larger number of working cylinders (or their diameter), brake discs of larger diameter with ventilation, a larger working (braking) surface area of the brake pad, and its high-quality composition. Of course, this is a bit exaggerated, but these introductions will suffice. Also, when it comes to a sports car, it is important not to allow the braking system to become too heavy – unsprung masses should be as low as possible. Ultimately, we have a quite complex process of choosing brakes, where too many factors need to be taken into account.

This GT86, which we have mentioned before, is slowly preparing for the installation of the LS3 engine – powerful, torquey, and clearly saying: it won’t be slow. Well, in that case, the brakes should be chosen accordingly: high-quality, efficient, from a premium brand. The majority of options come down to 4-piston front brake calipers and 2-piston rear calipers, but not on this car.

A premium Endless brake system kit was purchased here. Up front, the mono6 345/32 monoblock brake calipers with 6 pistons were installed. In the rear, there are racing4 330/28 calipers with 4 pistons accordingly. Why these brakes specifically? A Japanese brake system on a Japanese car is somewhat authentic. In 1986, Isao Hanazato founded a company to manufacture sports brake pads based on his own experience in motorsports. Already in 1987, these brake pads were installed in many racing cars (including F3000) in Japan! Over the years, their reputation in motorsports has only grown, so there were no doubts about their quality. Plus, the brand’s signature color fits the project’s concept perfectly!

Of course, Endless themselves claim on their website that their prices for such brake systems are unusually low, but it’s still not too familiar to us: we’re talking about approximately half a million rubles. Is that a lot or a little? It depends on the purpose, undoubtedly. One thing is undeniable: they look extremely menacing and intimidating on this car.

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