What Makes Porsche Brake Rotors So Special?

Everything about the Porsche model is interesting in one way or the other. It is almost as if the engineers at Porsche took are crazy about perfection. That is a good thing because perfection ensures safety. But if you have ever driven or owned a Porsche model before, you already know that there is much more into Porsche models than just safety. It is simply put, value for money on wheels where comfort, elegance, speed and class are in motion the moment you ignite the engine. Take Porsche brake rotors for instance. They are extremely effective yet they look simple in design. It is in fact safe to say that when it comes to Porsche brake rotors, the magic is in the details. Read on to learn more about what makes this Porsche brake components special.

Brake Rotors

They are also known as brake discs or disc brakes. The concept behind how they work is simple. When brake pads press against rotors on either side, they cause the system to either slow down or stop. Note that there are two types of brake rotors – drilled brake rotors and slotted brake rotors.

Drilled Brake Rotors

As the name suggests, they have several holes drilled in them. This may sound or even look counterintuitive especially when one takes into account how brake rotors are supposed to work. On the face of it, a brake rotor full of holes means that there is less surface area for brake pads to quickly grab and stop the car. However, there a few salient reasons why drilled brake rotors make sense.

Heat is the first reason why drilled brake rotors make sense. As soon as the brake pad grabs the rotor, friction is created. This means heat is also created. If the heat cannot escape, then the brakes will fade. This will reduce the brakes stopping power by as much as 50%.

Gas build up is the second reason why drilled brake rotors make sense. This actually isn’t a problem for Porsche models anymore. It is worth noting though that in older models, the materials used caused gas to easily build up between pads and rotors. This build up easily compromised stopping power, so holes had to be drilled on rotors to release them. The holes also made it hard for water to remain on the rotors and make them wet.

Slotted Brake Rotors

Slotted brake rotors feature slots that are carved into their flat metal surface. This makes it easy for the rotors to move heat, water and gas from the surface of the rotors.  Think of the slots are small irrigation ditches that can move any unwanted material safely off the way.

Slotted brake rotors are extremely popular with performance and sports cars mainly because they put a lot of stress on the rotors.  The only downside with slotted brake rotors is the fact that they wear down brake discs faster than drilled brake rotors.

Point To Note

Porsche brake rotors are designed to last for long. But how long yours will last depend on other factors like your driving habits as well the quality of the brake rotors you have. Either way, replace your brake rotors after every 35,00 miles. Do not wait until you hear squealing sounds which often mean you have no choice but to replace both brake rotors and calipers.