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1986 Porsche 944 Turbo S brake upgrade?

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Answer #1 | 14/11 2013 02:18
Before you continue blaming the car (brakes) and spending a ton of money on it, why not put a better driver in the car and see if he gets to or below 1:40 after some time spent in the seat. If a more seasoned driver can do this, then it is not your car or brakes, but you who needs upgrades and improvement. If said driver is only able to match your times or also stalls out at 1:41...then head on over to www.rennlist.com where ALL serious Porsche enthusiasts congregate online to discuss all matters and models Porsche.
Answer #2 | 15/11 2013 11:28
Bigger brakes are mainly about heat. Laguna Seca is a track that will put a lot of pressure on your brakes... so the key question in terms of lap time results would be if your inability to brake late is due to brake fade: that is, are you able to brake as you want in the first few laps, and then forced to brake progressively earlier thereafter? Though it doesn't sound like that's the case, if it is, then larger brakes are a possible solution (as would brake vents or even something as simple as a different fluid). But if the problem is just that you lack the grip for more braking, then the issue is probably related to tires, and/or suspension setup and/or aero setup (though the last probably isn't an issue on a 951). You make no mention of your suspension specifics or it's setup, or your tires. In terms of performance, these aspects will make much more of an impact on your laptime than anything else. Is the car corner balanced? How much negative camber are you running (and are you aware that this is a trade-off in cornering speed at the expense of braking performance)? Are you using a pyrometer to check that your tires are in the right temp range? etc. Then there is the real culprit of lap times... are you driving the car to the best. As the other answer suggests, what does a more seasoned driver do in the car and what is their opinion of it's short comings?

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