Aftermarket car brake upgrades: do performance brakes from Brembo, AP Racing, Alcon, etc make sense?

Aftermarket brake upgrades have long been a popular investment for performance car owners. But things are about to get rather complicated.

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Stopping. It’s as important as going. Maybe more so. (You can only brag about hitting 240kph if you didn’t subsequently hit an immovable object at a barely diminished speed.)

Traditionally, the aftermarket has been able to offer improved slowing power because the engineers of mass-produced cars have to fit brakes that fall within a budget set by their company’s accountants. But improved safety legislation and higher customer expectations have raised the OEM game. The more switched-on marketing departments are even promoting their own trackdays for owners, so a very high standard of braking in extreme conditions has become more desirable and therefore fiscally acceptable.

Another factor shaping the aftermarket is that, for many years now, the big players have been inextricably linked with the car makers themselves. Brembo, AP Racing, Alcon and others are the go-to guys when a manufacturer wants to prove how serious it is about the stopping equipment on its new model. As a consequence, the aftermarket is having to adhere to mainstream rules and regulations. Some of these, such as those for particulate emissions containing copper from brake pads, are industry-wide anyway, but an association with a major car maker is an encouragement to meet new standards sooner rather than later.

This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk

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