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Carbon ceramic brakes

Ferrari were the first car manufacturer to have carbon ceramic brakes as standard. They are very expensive but there is no doubt that they are better than the brakes you would see on an everyday family car. However there are few downfalls (apart from the price!). Here we ask: are they worth it?

Carbon ceramic brakes have a disc life of around 95,000 miles. They can last this long because they are very good at withstanding the heat produced by friction when breaking. They also do not corrode as easily as normal disc brakes.

Brakes are clearly an important safety measure in cars, especially top of the range sports cars. Many people would argue that you can’t put a price on safety - but when you consider that carbon ceramic brakes cost thousands of pounds, often as an additional extra, it stands to reason that they are proven as significantly better than normal brakes.

Manufacturers boast that they are lighter than normal brakes, have a longer life, improve handling, decrease brake dust, offer a better performance and much else besides, but there are also a few problems.

One problem is the optimal working temperature. Ceramic breaks need to be hotter to work more efficiently than normal brakes do. On road conditions they need time to heat up before reaching the best temperature, and this is quite a drawback.

If you race your car on a track you will notice that carbon ceramic breaks are much better, but when driving to Tesco would you really notice that the difference?

Carbon ceramic breaks are very expensive and although they look good and have a range of advantages (including being able to boast to your mates!), they are not really worth the money unless you take your car on a track. If you are in a position to buy a car that offers the option of carbon ceramic brakes, think carefully about whether you really need them before forking over thousands of pounds.

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