questionsbrakes, when you need them you need them...which…

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If you stomp on the brakes, and lock up the tires (or engage the ABS) on dry asphalt, your brakes have all the 'oomph' that you need. High-end aftermarket brakes are made for extreme heat dissipation. Think road course racing, where you brake hard into each corner.

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@capitalggeek: I actually do road course racing at Mid Ohio in the summers. I have a 2004 R32 track car that is set up for competition. I suppose my question here wasn't so much about the stopping power contribution of braking components, which transfer the job to the tires anyway, but all the factors that go into an emergency stop that a passenger car might face on a typical day. Brake fade isn't an issue with a single stop, so if the existing setup is good enough to transfer the job to the tires quickly, than the existing setup is suitable for daily driving. The question that remains, i suppose, is there any way to decrease the amount of time it takes the brakes to reach their maximum braking potential? The sooner this happens the sooner the job is left up to the tires. The other factor in this would be any delay caused by the weight of the car shifting due to a rapid change in momentum...which brings me back to pondering shocks and springs.