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    370Z: Failure

    Just got my new issue of Car and Driver and read the article about the 2009 Lightning Lap at Virginia International Raceway. There were some very impressive times this year but one that wasn't so impressive: The 370Z. Its brakes are so bad that not only could they not hold up to track use, but the car actually crashed. The pedal just went to the floor when they tried to slow down for one of the turns, resulting in the 370Z smashing into the retaining wall.

    Note that NONE of the other cars had this problem. There were no other brake failures, no other cars had their brakes drop to the floor. When inspected, it was discovered that nothing had broken, the poorly designed brake system had just overheated resulting in temporary but near deadly loss of braking.

    How does this happen in a car thats supposed to be track ready?? Thats the entire idea behind the NISMO package, that its for the track. A major part of the problem lies in Nissan's shitty calipers. Instead of using Brembos on a $40,000 car, they chose to use their own calipers, which are garbage. Nissan blamed the brake pads, which also makes no sense considering there wasn't just an increase in force needed to stop, the pedal actually dropped dead to the floor.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.caranddriver.com/features...p_2009-feature
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    jap crap fails again! who could have seen this comming?

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    hmm this is disappointing..however i would like to see them take another 370z around the track and see if the same happens ...lemons are not unheard on cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    hmm this is disappointing..however i would like to see them take another 370z around the track and see if the same happens ...lemons are not unheard on cars.
    Its a problem with all the cars, not just this one example.

    Car and Driver did a braking performance test a while back, and both the 350Z and Infiniti FX50 experienced severe brake fade, even after only a couple 60-0MPH stops. Even the Accord and Malibu in that test didn't experience that kind of fade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    Its a problem with all the cars, not just this one example.

    Car and Driver did a braking performance test a while back, and both the 350Z and Infiniti FX50 experienced severe brake fade, even after only a couple 60-0MPH stops. Even the Accord and Malibu in that test didn't experience that kind of fade.
    ahh ok. i was unaware of that..just judging on your first post..it sounded like a very isolated case of 1 bad test car.

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