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Great Braking Matters: Mazda Miata

There are a myriad of different reasons why the 1997 Mazda Miata is considered a favored make and model by sports car enthusiasts everywhere.

For starters, many agree that the car is just fun to drive – full stop. It has a high top speed, maneuvers incredibly well, and offers near perfect weight distribution. It’s a vehicle that is deceptively simple in all the best ways – it has a straightforward look and it’s easy to operate. But it also packs an incredible amount of power, too.

It offers 133 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, 114 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm, and an Inline 4-cylinder engine. For a lot of these reasons, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see one or two of them out at the race track on a nice weekend. If that’s something that you were thinking about partaking in yourself, however, there are a number of key things to keep in mind.

High Speeds Require Powerful Brakes to Match

By far, one of the most important things to understand about any high performance vehicle is that you need to pay careful attention to your braking system relative to how you actually use the car.

Brakes are hugely pivotal for the safety of any standard car on the road, but they’re especially so if you’re going to be getting into something like racing. It goes without saying that the faster you go, the more power you need to stop safely.

But even beyond that, in this environment there can be an incredible amount of heat and wear on the brakes at virtually all times. With stock brake pads, rotors and other elements, you could be looking at replacements in just a few short laps around the track. That’s why you need to upgrade to something that was actually designed for this purpose.

Indeed, reasons like those outlined above are a major part of the reason why we at R1 Concepts are so proud of what our Big Brake Kit has to offer. Not only does it help to increase the performance of something like the 1997 Mazda Miata (or any car, for that matter), but it also gives it an incredible new look as well.

Our Big Brake Kit‘s calipers grip intensely, for example, allowing you to stop quickly even when you’re coming down from a very high speed. It also offers larger and more powerful brake pads than most stock equipment can offer, allowing your car to function efficiently and safely in virtually all weather conditions. Not only that, but the more powerful the brake rotors, the more pressure the entire system can withstand without overheating. This goes a long way towards reducing wear and tear (and saving you money on maintenance) at the exact same time.

In the end, brake pads are by far one of the most critical components of any vehicle – the 1997 Mazda Miata included. If you’re planning on taking your car out onto the track for an afternoon of fun – or if you just want to get out there on the highway and really see what it can do – you need equipment that is designed for that type of scenario. For many drivers, the Big Brake Kit is an essential part of this process. If you’re interested in a quote for a BBK click here to begin the process!

And if you’re looking to upgrade your brakes to Drilled and Slotted Rotors with R1 Performance Sport Pads like the ones seen in the video, click here! 

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