Model 996 turbo Year 2003
Acquired April 2014
The car’s been due a refresh in the braking department for a while now, and I must admit that
I’ve been a little slack at getting around to sorting it out. Eventually I knew I shouldn’t put it off any longer and I booked the car into my favourite specialists, Porschacare in Stevenage, for a complete braking overhaul. It’s no good having 500bhp under your right foot if you can’t stop the thing is there?
Disc-wise I opted for EBC’S drilled OEM replacement set-up. I’ve always heard good things about EBCS and have run them on previous 911s; they offer a range of aftermarket OEM replacement discs which, when you factor in the comparative performance versus OE, look to be incredibly good value. The discs measure the same dimensions as the factory effort so there’s no problem fitting, and as with all EBC products the quality is always first class.
Pads-wise I opted for EBC’S wellregarded Yellow Stuff option. Designed to withstand more abuse than their other pads, EBC’S Yellow Stuff pads offer high friction from cold and are resistant to heat fade, which will be useful should I hit any track days this summer.
I went for new pads and discs all round – not surprising as there were almost no pads left on any corner! Wear markers? You can forget those! I have literally worn those away too.
With all four corners fettled the car finally stops – and I mean a face-warping, I-may-go-through-the-windscreen kind of stopping. Even better is that there are no annoying squeaks when hot or cold. I had read with some intrigue that when produced, the 996 Turbo had the
largest brake set-up of any production car, but until this week I would have bet my house against that, from behind the pedal at least. Now I get it, and what is interesting is how much performance is affected even when you are within legal limits. There is no accurate science, but I would estimate the car now needs a third less road to stop, and that makes me far more confident when I’m pushing on a bit – and a little bit scared considering how long I have been driving the Turbo with a really abused set-up.
While the car was on the ramp at Porschacare the guys gave the rest of the 996’s braking system a good check over and discovered a few bits and pieces that needed attention. The car needed a section of copper brake line replacing, a couple of new unions fitting and a flexi-hose on the rear axle, too. It also needed four new brake pad wear sensor wires which came in at just under a tenner each, so I certainly can’t moan. The only other job the guys found was one of the threads on one of the rear calipers needed repairing, which caused them no bother at all. Big thanks goes to Porschacare for looking after me and taking such good care of the car. Firstclass service as usual.