UFO brakes: solution

Steven R. Norsworthy snorsworthy at mac.com
Mon Jul 13 17:47:02 PDT 2009

Ever since my car has been listed on eBay I have gotten numerous  
questions as to why I didn't replace the UFO brakes.

What people simply don't know: the UFO brakes are fine IF they get  
proper cooling. The enclosed housing of the UFO does not dissipate  
properly. The small 15" or 16" wheels exacerbate the problem. The huge  
open design of the Ronal 18" wheel completely solves THE PROBLEM -  
heat dissipation, causing fade, followed by warping. My car stops  
really well under hard and sustained braking without noticeable  
fading, and I have had NO problems whatsoever with the UFO's for 10  
years of using the Ronal wheels. While these wheels are no longer  
available, they are very similar in design to the R8 wheels. So, you  
can expect great UFO brake performance and normal 30-40K mileage  
without warping or fading if you simply go with this style and size of  

What's so ironic is that I have a Porsche 911 turbo track-only car  
with the largest 6-piston Brembo brakes that they make, an upgrade to  
the ones on the current GT3-RSR factory race car used in AMLS, and I  
have dedicated cooling ducts on the 911 as well, so I am very familiar  
with what good braking is and isn't.

Best regards,


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