How Brake Systems Work - CHP How It Works

Industry Brake Experts Explain Rotor Design, Mega Piston Calipers, Pad Compounds, And Brake AlloysEnergy is some weird stuff that can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be changed into different forms, but during these transformations, the total amount of energy in any given system-or in the universe for that matter-never changes. Being aware of this key fact is critical when designing a performance brake system. A car transforms the thermal energy released from the burning air/fuel mixture into rotating energy to accelerate it down the road. Short of wrecking, the only way a car can stop is if a brake system converts kinetic energy back into thermal energy as the calipers clamp down on the rotors. In other words, any time you add horsepower but neglect to upgrade the brakes, your hot rod is mired in a state of imbalance.

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