When you’re watching a Formula One race and you see a driver inexplicably lose control of his car before crashing it, which is then followed by the announcers repeatedly explaining that the car’s brake rotor had caused it to lose braking, wouldn’t you want to see exactly how all of this happens?

Fortunately, the folks over at Modern Marvels were curious about the same thing so they did what inquisitive people do best: they tried to do it themselves.

Of course, the whole experiment is nothing more than just a simulations test so it doesn’t really capture the overlying experience of a brake rotor exploding at speeds in excess of 200 mph, but at the very least, you’ll know what’s bound to happen if you do decide to try it for yourself.


Source: YouTube

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  (580) posted on 08.10.2011

I wonder if this one applies also with the sportscars since this car have a speed limit as well. I was thinking if thing still exist.

  (212) posted on 08.10.2011

This one is kind of dangerous..I wonder if the F1 teams done something for this thing.. I was thinking on how the F1 driver focused while knowing that rotor may explode anytime?

  (412) posted on 07.15.2011

I wonder what does the F1management have to do with this scenario? The blown up rotor sounds so dangerous for the driver and as well as the audiences.

  (467) posted on 07.15.2011

Its kind of shocking knowing that a F1 car may explode if it reached its topspeed. However, it gives me an impressive notion for the driver on how they monitor there speed and being concentrated in the race itself.

  (702) posted on 07.12.2011

It’s quite a great job for the F1 driver to monitor the speed of the car while keeping his endurance to finish the whole race! I wonder if the expert have something say to prevent this thing.

  (442) posted on 07.12.2011

For a high speed performing vehicle, I would love to see a remove speed limit. Well, I don’t think that same thing would happen in a sportscar once it exceeded its speed limit.

  (434) posted on 06.27.2011

Does it mean that in a certain car, when it hits its top speed there is a possibility that there will be a explosion in the engine part of the car? Heck1 I better choose a car that has a speed limiter.

  (448) posted on 06.27.2011

@anthonyevers37, I think you are right. Just recently, I have noticed that more and more car company used a carbon fiber materials although its kind of expensive than the metal rotor. Thanks for this video at least, possible buyers would know on how dangerous the wrong choice for rotor.

  (683) posted on 03.7.2011

yeah, definitely that would be an awesome research and dangerous too.
I cant imagine how does it look like when a real F1 car would explode in front of me! F1 drivers should be more careful.

  (1023) posted on 01.27.2010

dang.... that was awesome research, I think the metal rotor is taking to much heat when running 200mph. well I guess this is the main reason why some automobile company are using carbon rotors because it can withstand the high friction that causes too much heat on the rotors.

  (708) posted on 01.24.2010

oh this is the first time i saw a rotor blown, so what will happen to the car if the rotor is blown? will it cause an accident? well that was a good experiment done by the modern marvels.

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