I love terrible ideas. Maybe it’s because I have so very many of them, but I’m really fond of an idea that seems iffy, and then just gets more and more exuberantly worse the more you think about it. There’s something dizzyingly fun about a real shitshow of an idea, right?
Every single day here at Jalopnik we’re inundated with emails about whether or not you can use an iPhone as a brake pad. We don’t respond to those emails, nor test it out, because we’re too busy using brake pads as brake pads and iPhones as floatation devices. But WHAT IF???????????
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team hasn't been doing so well this season. After suffering issues due to overheating front brakes at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, the team switched from this year's Hitco brake system back to 2014's Brembo brakes. How did that work out? Not well, if you're Daniil Kvyat.
Pictured above is the moment Lewis Hamilton lost the German GP to Nico Rosberg. During Q1, Hamilton's W05 suddenly spun when braking into the banked Sachs corner, and he ended up hitting the tire wall rear first with a force of 21g. Not pretty, but how come?
Bentley has been slapping these 420mm (16.54in) carbon-ceramic rotors on their performance models since 2006, claiming they're the biggest brakes on a production car. Is that true?
Come on, Miss Unsafe Brakes, have a sandwich or something! You're in 1939 Chicago, for weeping audibly, have a nice big deep-dish hot dog cheesesteak hoagie or whatever it is they eat there. I swear I can see your sternum behind that sash.
Next to steering, brakes are probably the most crucial part of any vehicle. We've harped on how important it is to keep up on brake maintenance before, so here's more info about how brakes work.
I mentioned last Friday in Parking Lot Mechanic that it's a good idea to check your brakes on a regular basis, as well as how to do it.
When a cute girl came into a reddit user's shop to get her oil changed, she mentioned a "slight" grinding sound coming from the ... what's that part called again?
When you're wildly stomping at the pedals of your car in a panic, there's really only one outcome you're looking for: Stop. That's why, for 99.9% of drivers and driving, the mandatory brake override system proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a good idea.
We love big brake calipers. The bigger they are, the better they're able to apply pressure on the disc to stop the car. And since Brembo offers calipers in a Skittles-like rainbow of colors, they'll even look stylish! Ahh, progress.
Since everyone that comments on Jalopnik is a self proclaimed expert on all things automotive, I thought I'd ask those "In-The-Know" if they think this rotor is going the wrong way.
In response to Toyota's unintended acceleration debacle, BMW engineers decided to calculate the equivalent horsepower of a 3-series' brakes: roughly 2,500 HP. That's right, every 3-Series ships with more than twice the power of a Bugatti Veyron.
Because thwacking Toyota is like, the totally cool thing to do, Japan wants the company to investigate whether or not the brakes on the 2010 Toyota Prius are malfunctioning after 14 separate incidents in the last two months.
This is video of a stress test on an F1 brake disk showing what happens when you thermal cycle a rotor one too many times. Fiery explosion, that's what happens.