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