Brake rotors are basically big heavy chunks of cast iron that friction pads clamp onto to stop a car. They’re super beefy, able to resist really high temperatures and loads, and very rarely fail catastrophically. But when they do, it is not pretty—just look at what these crazy folks did to blast one to smithereens.
Hot, hot, hot. That’s what happens when something—like say, the wheel of an F1 car—is spinning so impossibly fast and then gets immediately clamped down by the brakes. It glows and pulsates a wonderful orange that looks like molten steel. This footage from Brembo testing their brakes shows how it all happens.
Here's one of those ads that make you go, "those damn consumerism pimping bastards actually came up with an annoyingly clever idea." Volkswagen outfitted bumper cars with its City Emergency Brake technology so that when you try and bump another car, the ultrasonic sensors would force the bumper car to brake and stop…
God knows we should all be driving slower, but we're only human. Even the threat of a fine can't stop us. So to counteract this self-destructive streak of ours, Hyundai is working on car that automatically slows itself down in the face of speed cameras.
A truck is on its way to get into another road when a tiny car invades its lane. The trucker sees the car just in time to slam his brakes, stopping his vehicle a fraction of an inch from the car and avoiding a fatal accident that could have ended with the car's driver in a soup can.
Step 1: Line up 23 Dutch lunatics in the middle of a road. Step 2: Get someone to drive a 62.3-ton Leopard tank at full speed on that road only to activate the emergency brakes just a few meters from the 23 lunatics. There's no step 3. Just pray that you don't end up with three thousand pounds of human jam.
The light has been yellow for too long, and you're not making it through the intersection before it's red. But either you don't notice or you don't care. But even though your foot is on the gas, the car brakes.