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Stopping is As Important As Speed When It Comes to Performance Vehicles

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
Miami Lakes Auto Brembo Braking System

Miami Lakes Auto Brembo Braking System

With automakers churning out more and more powerful vehicles, one has to wonder how drivers keep all of the horsepower and torque of a muscle car or performance car under control. The new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and it can be brought to a full stop from 60 mph in 97 feet. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can be stopped in 114 feet. Those are pretty impressive acceleration times, but the stopping times are just as impressive when you think about the physics behind it. What’s the secret to that impressive stopping power? High-performance braking systems.

Brake System Basics

Understanding brake systems can be a little confusing at first because there are a lot of components to brakes – calipers, rotors, brake pads, and pistons. A brake caliper is part of the disc brake system and is filled with several pistons. When the brake pedal is pushed and pressure is applied from the brake fluid, the pistons inside the caliper push the brake pads against the rotors to slow and eventually stop the vehicle. Typically there are usually 2-4 calipers per brake system. The brake rotor is most often an iron disc connected to the wheel’s hub that works with the brake pad to stop the vehicle; that is why a braking system may also be referred to ask a disc brake system. The more pistons, the more stopping power and the more pistons, the larger the caliper and generally the rotor as well.

Brembo Be Thy Name

“Brembo” is a name heard often when talking about brake systems. Brembo is an acknowledged world leader and innovator in the field of automotive disc brake technology and high-performance braking systems. A name automotive brands can trust, the Brembo brake systems pop up in all kinds of high-performance vehicles, such as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Depending on the setup of wheels, axles, and suspension, the size and specifics of Brembo brakes are different, but almost any set of Brembo brakes will get the job done.

Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes are used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat, come standard on the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS coupe, and they are available on the Chevrolet Camaro 1LS coupe. The system is made up of 4-piston Brembo brake calipers, a 14.2-inch front rotor, and a 13.8-inch rear rotor to improve handling and control of the vehicle under extreme braking. Sometimes, such as in the Camaro ZL1, the front brakes may have a 6-piston system whereas the rear has a 4-piston system. This 6:4 setup shows up more in Corvettes, though.

Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brakes are used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392, Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat. This is the largest front-brake system ever used on an FCA US vehicle. It is made up of 390-mm Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers. This is the power that can bring a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to a full stop in less than 100 feet whilst going 60 mph. It may seem obvious, but the more pistons there are in a braking system, the more force can be applied to the brake pad and rotor to stop the wheels. The reason these larger calipers and rotors are put in the front is because of the transfer of weight when a vehicle is brought to a stop. With the weight transferring to the front of the car, the front brakes bare the majority of task for slowing the car or bringing it to a stop.

Some brake systems may also come visually tailored to the specific model and trim. For instance, the Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat come with red brake calipers, whereas the Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brake system used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392 come with black brake calipers (red on Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat). The Chevrolet Corvettes also have some choices – yellow or red brake calipers are available on the Corvette Stingray and Corvette Grand Sport, with dark gray metallic-painted calipers on the Grand Sport with the Z07 package. The Chevy Corvette Z06 comes standard with red brake calipers, but has the option of dark gray metallic as well. In the end, it’s just a personal style choice.

If interested to know more, we discussed many performance parts and how they work in our article “Performance Parts Explained – Dodge”. Check it out. If interested in getting a feel for how well these brakes work, check out our inventory or give us a call for a test drive.

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Bondurant Takes SRT Drivers Back to School

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Miami Lakes Bondurant Driving School SRT

Miami Lakes Bondurant Driving School SRT

Attention SRT drivers and enthusiasts! You’ve got the horsepower. Do you know how to use it?! At the Bondurant Racing School, anyone who purchased a 2015 model-year (or later) SRT vehicle after April 1, 2015 can get free driving lessons on how to master all that power under the hood. Got a Dodge Challenger SRT 392 hot off the lot? Itching to test the limits of a SRT Hellcat? The Bondurant Racing School is the official racing school of Dodge SRT, and they show drivers how to harness the true potential of a SRT vehicle.

What is the Bondurant Racing School?

Popularly known as the Bondurant Racing School of High Performance Racing, this establishment provides a one-day experience for SRT owners and enthusiasts to attend four driving modules. Each has its own objectives for the driver attending, who will actually be behind the wheel of a FCA-supplied SRT vehicle. The modules consist of: accident avoidance, maintaining control in a skid, a cone avoidance course, and of course driving on a proper race track. Attendees can also ride in with a Bondurant Racing School Instructor for some fast laps around the track.

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New Scat Pack Dynamics Package for Dodge Charger and Challenger

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Miami Lakes Scat Pack Dynamics Package

Miami Lakes Scat Pack Dynamics Package

The Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models are the most powerful muscle cars in the auto market. Both SRT Hellcat models generate 707-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, and they can cover a quarter mile in seconds – but all that power comes with a high price tag. For some, $60,000+ is a little too rich for performance. Now, with Dodge’s new Dynamics Package available on the Charger and Challenger Scat Pack models, high performance becomes more affordable.

Alright, so the only way to get the kind of performance an SRT vehicle provides was to get a Dodge Challenger SRT 392 or SRT Hellcat. However, not everyone can throw down that kind of cash. To smooth things over, Dodge gave muscle-car enthusiasts with a budget a winning lotto ticket when they decided to release the R/T Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker models. The power of an SRT engine on a budget? Yes please! How could it get any better than that?

It just did. The new Dynamics Package is a much more affordable way to get some of the performance parts used on the SRT Hellcat models onto the Scat Pack models.

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SRT Past, Present and Future

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Miami Lakes SRT Viper Dodge Hellcat

Miami Lakes SRT Viper Dodge Hellcat

With Dodge coming out with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon next month, we thought it was time to brush up on our SRT knowledge. We also thought our readers would like to know what’s so special about SRT vehicles anyways. Heck, what does “SRT” even stand for? Well, SRT has some pretty interesting history, and if all goes well, it’ll also have a pretty interesting future.

SRT Origins

Believe it or not, “SRT” wasn’t always called SRT, nor was it always a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Not a huge surprise, businesses and project teams go through changes, and that’s how SRT started – a high-performance automobile group, now working within FCA. The team was known as “Team Viper,” and wouldn’t you know they were in charge of designing and developing the legendary Dodge Viper. After a merge with “Team Prowler,” the developers of the Plymouth Prowler, they became known as Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), then renamed as “Performance Vehicle Operations” (PVO), and then the group finally settled on the acronym “SRT” for “Street & Racing Technology”.

This acronym is usually in the title of a car that has an SRT engine, as well as in the name of the engine itself – usually. For instance, the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus comes with the SRT 392 engine, but “SRT” is missing from both, the title of the car and the name of the engine. Since its conception, SRT has made many vehicles with the SRT name, and some of them are still around today.

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