Best Braking Cars are Stopped by Brembo

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Source: Brembo announcement

STEZZANO, Italy —Brembo recently posted a compilation of the best braking cars as determined by the prestigious German automotive enthusiast magazine auto, motor und sport. Brembo put together a list of the top 15 braking cars as tested by the magazine and discovered 13 – 87 percent – were equipped with the company’s brakes. Here is an excerpt from the post (with links to the entire post, which is posted on three pages of the Brembo site).

We know virtually everything about the most sought-after road cars in the world: how much they cost, their top speed and their acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph). But not many people know their braking distances, an important detail that can make all the difference as far as road safety and track performance are concerned.

Fortunately, every time the technicians at the prestigious German magazine auto motor und sport, one of the world’s “bibles” for car enthusiasts, decide to try out a vehicle, they also test the braking distances. This data is used to create the ranking that answers the question: “How much braking distance do the best cars need to go from a speed of 100 km/h (62.1 mph) to a standstill?”

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The tests were conducted on different days with two people on board and after heating up the brakes: nine decisive braking operations before the tenth, used for the measurement. An impressive job that led to compiling a ranking of the 15 cars that need fewer than 31.7 meters (104 feet) to come to a complete stop.

Obviously, braking performance does not depend only on the calipers, discs, and brake master cylinders used. With the exact same braking system, the result is conditioned by the weight of the car, its aerodynamics, and, naturally, the tires used.

We would also like to point out that the Auto Motor Und Sport ranking includes 50 models, some of which are very similar: for example, there are no fewer than five Porsche 911s in the German magazine’s Top 10, whereas two Ferrari 488s rank in the top six. To avoid repetition, we have grouped similar models together and limited the analysis to 15 models.

Additionally, we would like to point out that, in the event of ex aequo ranking – in other words, multiple vehicles with the same braking distance – we decided to place them in order according to weight, ranking the heavier cars higher. This decision is based on the assumption that if multiple vehicles brake from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 0 over the same distance, the heavier one will have stressed its braking system more.

The first part of the post, with cars 11-15, can be found by clicking HERE. The sixth through 10th best can be found by clicking HERE and the top five by clicking HERE.

And the best-braking car as determined by auto, motor und sport:

1st Place PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS
FROM 100 KM/H (62.1 MPH) TO 0 IN 28.2 METERS (92.52 FEET)

Unveiled for the public at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 911 GT RS is modeled on the 911 GT3. Its 4-liter V6 engine has been beefed up by 20 HP for a total of 520 HP and can rev to 9,000 rpm. Other qualities offered by this racing car for track and everyday use include the PDK dual-clutch transmission, a huge rear spoiler, and bearing ball joints on all the suspension arms.

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Another 911, the GT2 RS, was the first road car in the Auto Motor Und Sport tests to drop below 30 meters (98.4 feet) in braking from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 0. It takes 29.3 meters (96.1 feet), a distance the GT3 RS improved on by more than a meter (3.3 feet) thanks to its sport tires mounted on ultra-light alloy wheels. However, another fundamental element is the best of braking technology, such as 410 mm (16.1 inches) carbon-ceramic brake discs on the front and 390 mm (15.3 inches) carbon-ceramic discs on the rear, as well as the 6 and 4-piston one-piece calipers. These are one-piece aluminum fixed brake calipers that contribute to outstandingly responsive braking even under extreme stress because the pedal stroke remains consistent in any case.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.